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Old 7th November 2017, 18:29   #1
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Default Mercedes to end production of the current (old) G-Class

Mercedes-AMG has decided to pull the plug on its iconic G series SUV's with the Final Edition model before it stops the production. The company will manufacture 65 units which will be sold worldwide. The orders will open soon and the car is priced at an "affordable" price of $252,690. The car will be manufactured at Mercedes' plant in Graz, Austria.

The G65 Final Edition will feature 21-inch alloys finished in matte bronze with silver brake calipers. The mirrors, bumpers and spare-tire cover get the bronze treatment as well. The running board and exhaust get matte black elements, making the whole .
On the inside, Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition comes packed with Carbon-fiber bits all around the cabin. Floor mats and grab handles feature the words "Final Edition" on them. The brown stitching complements the black nappa leather upholstery well.

Under the hood is the famous 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces a mammoth 621 bhp at 1000 nm torque!! These astonishing figures are what pulls this 6000-pound beast from standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds! It is mated to an AMG 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission.

The Mercedes AMG G65 Final Edition marks the end of an era. The G-class has been the company's longest running production car, spanning a life of almost 40 years. The G65 Special Edition has been priced at a premium of $29,000 over its standard counterpart. Although the G65 is being laid to rest, an all-new camouflaged Mercedes G-wagon had been spotted last year. It is just a matter of time that the heavily re-worked model hits the floor, thus resurrecting the legend.
Given the enviable clientele of G-series, I reckon, it is not "how" the car will be sold with sky-high price, but "how quick" will all the 65 units hit the roads.
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Default Re: Mercedes to end production of the current (old) G-Class

An icon without a doubt, but one which was still available past its sell-by date. The G-Class felt woefully outdated and had on-road behaviour from the 80's (read = dangerous). This car was the longest selling Mercedes on sale.

Am sure Mercedes will be retaining the timeless styling for the new generation. That is one of its greatest attractions.
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If there was ever a SUV that could impart an inferiority complex to supercars and luxo barges like the Rolls Royce Phantom, it would be the G AMG. It oozes with character like no other car on the market today because it isn't a product of modern times. It was styled in an era where there was no CAD software and simulation, just using a pencil, a ruler and some sheets of paper.

I always felt that the G resonated vibes of the W126, W124 and the W140.

Anyways, hope the replacement resembles the iconic original and does not end up becoming a fat crossover.

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If boxy could be sexy, then this is it! G Class has a cult following and Merc has the gall to to halt production and announce it and charge a premium for it too.
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Default R.I.P. Outdated Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes-Benz has pulled the plug on the G-Class SUV, popularly known as the G-Wagen. The replacement for the vehicle will be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

During the announcement made last week, the company also unveiled three special edition versions of the SUV. These versions are called the G 500 Limited Edition, G 350 d Limited Edition, and G 350 d Professional Limited Edition. Only 463 units of each of the limited-edition cars will be made - a reference to the G-Wagen's W463 model code. As a model that remained unchanged since its launch, the G-Class had a production run of 38 years, which is second only to the Unimog in the history of the company.

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The G 500 Limited Edition and G 350 d Limited Edition come with brown leather seats, a dual tone dashboard and an AMG steering wheel. Both get changes on the outside including blackened radiator grille, dark tinted windows, heated windscreen and electric sunroof.

The G 350 d Professional Limited Edition gets a steel front bumper, indicators mounted on fenders with grilles, mud flaps and a roof rack. On the inside it gets fabric upholstery, heated front seats and a luggage net. A trailer coupling with ball head is also provided.

The G-Class was tested on the Schockl mountain in the Alps. To denote this, all the limited-edition cars get an emblem with the words "Schockl proved since 1979" along with "Limited Edition 1 of 463" on the center armrest.

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The G 350 d Limited and Professional Editions are powered by a 3-litre, V6 turbocharged diesel engine that produces 241 BHP and 600 Nm of torque. The G 500 Limited Edition gets a 4-litre, V8 twin-turbocharged petrol engine making 416 BHP and 610 Nm.

The G-Class was suggested by the Shah of Iran - a major shareholder in Mercedes. Development of the car started in 1972, with an agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. Engineers in Stuttgart designed the car, while the Austrian team handled the production. The first prototype was tested in the German coalfields, Sahara Desert and the Arctic circle in 1974. The first civilian version was offered in 1979. The G-Wagen was updated in 1981 and 1990. The 1,00,000th G-Class was made in 1992. The next update came in early 2000. The G 55 AMG version was launched in the same year and the car made its official USA debut in 2001. 2009 marked the 30-year anniversary of the G-Class with total sales exceeding 2,00,000 units. G-Wagen no. 3,00,000 was produced earlier in 2017.

Mercedes Benz has also put up a website showcasing the G-Class over the years.

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