Impressive off-road aptitude; military-burly, yet luxurious; spacious interior.
For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class undergoes minor changes. The G500 is replaced by a more powerful G550. The G55 AMG is also more powerful, now producing an impressive 500 horsepower. Both models get a refreshed look with a new 3-fin grille and light-alloy wheel design. Also, new for 2009, the Mercedes-Benz COMAND system integrates more high-tech features like: hard drive based navigation with search and send technology, MP3 and wireless Bluetooth capability as well as an in-dash SD memory card reader and HD radio.
Known as a Gelandewagen (or cross-country vehicle) at home, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was originally built as a military vehicle. Offered for many years to European customers, Mercedes-Benz finally brought the vehicle to North America in 2002, and named it the G-Class. Appropriate to its military heritage, the G-Class continues to be built with heavy-duty truck-style suspension and axles for 2009. The solid front and rear axles, three locking differentials and rugged on/off road tires will appeal to fans of hard-core off-roading, which is where the G-Class shines brightest.
The utilitarian appearance of the G-Class further illustrates its military heritage. The vehicle's boxy appearance, with a front grille and sharp edges suggest that it was machined from a solid block of steel. The spare tire is even housed on the rear tailgate and encased in a stainless-steel shell. The G-Class weighs in at a hefty 5,500 pounds.
The base G550 has a new stronger 5.5L V8 that produces 382 horsepower and 391 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The standard bi-xenon headlights have dedicated high-pressure washers. Mercedes-Benz also includes heated power mirrors and rain-sensing wipers for adverse weather conditions.
Inside, the 10-way power adjustable front seats have three-position memory and include multi-contoured pneumatically adjustable lumbar supports, side bolsters, and thigh supports for a truly custom fit. As the symbol of Mercedes-Benz luxury the interior is fitted with hand-fitted top quality leather and beautiful burl walnut wood accents. Although the G-Class was designed for military use, no part of comfort and convenience has been overlooked. Features such as heated wood and leather steering wheel, a programmable easy-exit system that moves the driver's seat back and raises the steering console and dual climate control with heated and ventilated front and rear seats are standard luxury appointments. A rearview camera and a harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1 are also available. The included SmartKey system allows the user to keep his or her keys in their pocket; the car "senses" the driver approach, activates locator lighting, and unlocks the doors. Once the driver is seated, the vehicle starts with the push of a button.
The G55 AMG model features a 5.5L supercharged V8 engine that produces 500 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque. It's connected to a 5-speed adaptive automatic transmission with touch-shifting and a remarkable 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds.
Performance tires are mounted on 19-inch AMG-specific aluminum wheels with internally ventilated ABS disc brakes. A silver-painted grille and chrome turn signal cages complete the exterior appearance upgrade. Inside, Nappa leather upholstery and hand-polished maple wood trim enhance the aura of luxury while customized instrument cluster and logo stamped sill panels make it unmistakably AMG.
The 2009 G-Class is Mercedes-Benz' largest SUV, with 124 cubic feet of interior passenger space and 45 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The standard 5.5L V8 and available AMG-built supercharged 5.5L V8 engines endow the G-Class with an impressive 7,000-pound towing capacity, and also make the G-Wagen the most powerful SUV in the Mercedes-Benz stable. The G-Class upholds the Mercedes-Benz reputation of unmatched luxury, but it is also sturdy and capable enough to be a rugged off-road machine. Its military heritage and high build quality means it has a pedigree few of its luxury-oriented peers can compete with.
Vehicle Price: 101,125.00
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