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Mercedes-Benz G500

Built a brick Scheisshaus in the age of modern

In the Austrian factory where in blue jumpsuits assemble the G500, there is a sign reads, Gel#xE4;ndewagen: Robust und

That sign describes the and appeal of the Mercedes off-roader accurately than anything the department might have up. The defining characteristics of this previously known as the Gel#xE4;ndewagen, are its robust nature and exclusivity.

a good thing for Mercedes otherwise the reborn G500 make much sense. It is slower, heavier, and more than Mercedes’ mainstream line, the M-class.

The G-wagen has been produced for 22 and was sold mostly to the world’s kind of in the mold of the original and the current Hummer. Robust strong and vigorous, and it is certainly As was the Hummer, the Gel#xE4;ndewagen was a status for wealthy folks wishing to rugged, an affectation in the way the first were, before everyone had

In this country, the trucks been imported for years in numbers by a clever fellow in New who sold them for $130,000 and up.

The line of Mercedes M-class introduced in 1997, has now been established, so the head office the time was right to sell revised Gel#xE4;ndewagen alongside in its U.S. showrooms. Those who purchased G-wagens at $130K no doubt be fuming over decision to import some of the newly designated G500s at a price of $73,145 fully


Still, that’s mightily for a 22-year-old off-roader. Not that cost is a deterrent in the U.S. at least until recently. So now new G500 becomes the exclusive sport-ute, not the plebeian M-class. Its appeal is why we expect to see as many used as props in rap-music as climbing rocky mountainsides. is reserving 200 G-wagens for celebrity

The G500 is a conventional body-on-frame, truck design. It’s on an unusually stout ladder It uses old-school solid front and rear, suspended by springs and located by heavy-duty Its full-time, four-wheel-drive system has two modes: Rainy Day at the Club and Goat. Rainy Day uses traction and stability control for versatility. The truly rugged Goat uses center, and front differentials that can be individually from the cockpit, and it has a gearset to surmount virtually any Traction and stability control are in low range.

The boxy, unadorned steel is traditional off-roading fare, from the creased-sheetmetal school of In addition to its utilitarian roots, the is also from a time sport-utes looked like they were-off-road wagons. It changed since 1979, and we there’s an honest appeal to the sheetmetal.

Unlike the military produced on the same assembly this newest G-wagen the full luxury treatment with power everything, everywhere, burled-walnut trim, dash pieces from the sedan, and a GPS navigation system.

The G500 makes that resounding thunk when you the door, meaning that it looks and sounds like a vault. At about 5500 it’s also as heavy as Although narrower and shorter the spare tire on the tailgate) the ML500 (see sidebar) the same engine, the G500 about 550 more pounds.

weight and the G’s tall, proportions compromise its dynamic There’s body roll in modest turns, and it feels in tight corners. Despite the 292 and 336 pound-feet of torque the standard V-8 delivers, Mercedes expects it to 10.2 seconds to reach 60 slower even than the ML.

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