2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

G550 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

G550 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
It's been thirty-two years since the Gelaendewagen ("overland vehicle") debuted, and it just keeps getting better with age. New utility vehicles designed with on-road comfort as the top priority have left the G-class without peer. It rides on rigid axles with an all-wheel-drive system that uses a two-speed transfer case and three electronically locking differentials to provide world-class off-road ability. In fact, when the world ends, we fully expect cockroaches will emerge from the rubble driving G-class SUVs. Its military roots may be obvious when you look at the underbody, but the G-class delivers an exceptional interior just like you'd expect from Mercedes-Benz. Ten-way heated and ventilated power seats, dual-zone climate control, and a Harman/Kardon stereo are standard. In three decades of production, the formidable G-class has received relatively few updates. There's surprisingly little rear-seat room for such a big vehicle. The slow-acting recirculating-ball steering is either endearingly retro or annoying, depending on your viewpoint. The door handles are difficult to operate, and the doors are difficult to close completely once you're inside the cabin. With the supercharged AMG variant discontinued, the only model remaining is the G550, which is still frighteningly quick thanks to a 382-hp V-8 that emits a burly growl. Some of its rivals might be more comfortable to drive, but with its old-school credibility, boxy good looks, and extreme off-road capability, the Gelaendewagen still reigns supreme.
Mercedes Benz G Model Airborne
The Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen -- now perhaps better known as the G-Class -- has had a long and illustrious history. Mercedes decided to pay homage to the 33-year-old SUV on camera shortly before releasing the newest, slightly-worked-over version to customers.
2013 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Front Three Quarter With Mud
For 2013, Mercedes-Benz has given the venerable G-Class some retouching. Some new LEDs here, new gauges there, a wallop of power -- and, for the first time that we can remember, a set of fun commercials touting more than just the SUV's off-road prowess.
German Special Customs Mercedes Benz G Class Rear Three Quarter
The folks at German Special Customs (GSC) just unveiled their GoldStorm wide-body kit for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and it appears they have out-blinged the group of gold Benzes at the Cannes Film Festival.
2013 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Rear Three Quarter
We've just received word from our sources at Mercedes-Benz that when the 2013 G-Class hits our shores later this year that it'll be missing an AMG model, for the 612-hp V-12-powered 2013 G65 AMG will officially not go on sale here in the United States. Just by its sheer insanity, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG is up there with the new Lamborghini Urus as one of the ultimate automotive 'F.U's.' The original Geländewagen was designed for the German military back in the late '70s and its designers likely never imagined it having anything but a small diesel four-pot rumbling away under the hood. The G65 AMG is about as far away from the original G-Wagen as you can get. Rather than the original's small diesel four-pot, the 2013 G65 AMG borrows a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 from Mercedes' S65 AMG flagship. In the G65, the engine produces a whopping 738 lb-ft of torque in addition to the aforementioned 612 hp. That power is routed to all four-wheels through a five-speed automatic. While it may seem somewhat disappointing that we're not getting the G65 AMG in the U.S., if it were to come to our shores it'd likely cost much more than what American buyers are willing to pay. For example in the Netherlands the G65 AMG is slated to come in at 391,327 euros – roughly $506,142 – before taxes. Though the G65 AMG won't be making an appearance in the U.S., the American G-Class lineup won't be AMG-less. We're still slated to receive its 'little' brother, the 2013 G63 AMG. Despite the name, the G63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces a slightly more reasonably 544-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The G63 AMG will likely cost around $130,000 when it hits our shores this year.
2013 Mercedes Benz G Class Front View Silver
With apologies to David Byrne, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is largely the same as it ever was. Even so, Mercedes-Benz has given its veteran off-roader a few new engines and a couple of cosmetic tweaks for its 33rd year on the market.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Specifications

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5.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
15 MPG
382 hp @ 6000rpm
391 ft lb of torque @ 2800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 999 months
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