The Geländewagen or G-Wagen for short, has been a Mercedes-Benz icon since 1979
The G-wagen, or cross-country vehicle as it’s known in Germany, has been a Mercedes-Benz favorite for 32 years. The offroading king uses a stout body-on-frame construction, 3 locking differentials, and a unique box-like shape.
Mercedes decided to make the G-Wagen at the bequest of the Shah of Iran, who at the time was a large shareholder of Daimler. Development of the vehicle started in 1972, with the first running prototypes being tested in 1974 at the German coalfields, the Sahara Desert, and the Arctic Circle. Construction of the G-Wagen started in 1975 at the Steyr-Puch factory in Graz, Austria, where it was built almost entirely by hand. The civilian version of the G-Wagen appeared in 1979, and by 1986 50,000 units had been sold. The US market launch of the G-Wagen was in 2001.
Throughout it’s life, the G-Wagen has been consistently updated and revised to become more and more luxurious. Today, there are two AMG variants, a 6×6 Variant (yes, it has six wheels), and several versions for use in Military and Public Service sectors. It remains as one of the most useful, unique, and luxurious SUVs on the road today.