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2018 Base G 550 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $123,600
2018 Base AMG G 63 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $142,800
2018 Base AMG G 65 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $222,700
2018 Base G 550 4x4 Squared 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $227,300


The Mercedes-Benz G-Class defies all logic. The design is little changed from its inception in 1979. It has a starting price well in the six-figures. From underneath it better resembles an old military truck than any other Mercedes SUV. And yet despite all this, the G-Class, or Gelandewagen if you prefer the original German name, has managed to captivate those wealthy enough to afford one.

Maybe it’s the truck’s artisanal nature, from the hand-stitched interiors to the hand-woven wiring looms. Maybe it’s the ability of being able to conquer any terrain – and we truly mean any terrain – in total opulence. Maybe it’s the unabashed and uncompromising adherence to the dogma that has guided the Gelandewagen since day one. Whatever it is, the G-Class has it – and that je ne sais quoi has propelled this trundling leviathan to unexpected success.

What's New for 2018

The G-Wagon runs on a geologic time scale, so unsurprisingly there are no updates this year. Mercedes-Benz introduced a new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, which will arrive in showrooms in late 2018.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz G-Class

There are four different trim levels for the G-Class, ranging from the merely wild G550 to the utterly absurd, $223,000 G65 AMG. Three engines are on tap: A 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, a handcrafted 5.5-liter twin-turbo AMG V8, and a handcrafted, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12.

The twin-turbo V8 in the G550 and the G550 4x4 Squared makes 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque and helps a G550 hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The AMG V8 in the G63 ups those numbers to 563 hp and 561 lb-ft, with 0-60 ringing in at 5.3 mph. The crown jewel here, though, is the twelve-cylinder engine. It makes a whopping 621 hp and 738 lb-ft, making it one of the world’s most powerful SUVs.

Fuel economy? Let’s put it this way: A G-Class is built to conquer anything and everything – except a gas station.

Because these vehicles are essentially hand-built, Mercedes can offer a highly personalized level of customization for colors, materials and trimmings. Over forty exterior hues as well as interior leathers, along with choices in stitching, seatbelts, steering wheels, and headliners, mean the sky’s the limit for potential aesthetic combinations.

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The G550 starts at $124,595 including destination charge, and is the cheapest of the US-market G-wagens. Considering the six-figure price tag, the list of included equipment is unsurprisingly long. Key standard features include 10-way power heated front seats with memory function, heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control, 19-inch wheels, a 12-speaker harmon/kardon sound system, Bluetooth, in-dash CD/DVD player, three power outlets and a single USB port. Also standard is an eight-inch touchscreen controlling navigation, music and hands-free calling features, and with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality built in.

Options include a $2,650 rear-seat entertainment system, a $250 heated steering wheel, a $1,400 adjustable suspension, and various prepaid maintenance packages. A $3,300 Night Package brings black mirrors, fender flares, roof, spare tire surround, and black 20-inch wheels. An $1,100 Luxury Package equips a G with white paint on the outside and blue leather inside, with a black headliner and champagne interior trim to complement the color scheme.

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G550 4x4 Squared

Though the G-Class is more often seen in suburbia than the Sahara, it hasn’t forgot its roots. This is most clearly evident in the $224,695 4x4 Squared, which even at first glance makes no pretense about its intentions. Equipped with portal axles, dual coil springs and struts per wheel, 22 inches of ground clearance and just a hair under 40 inches of wading depth, this is no boulevardier – this is arguably the most hard-core off-road machine on the market.

Standard features closely mirror the G550. Notable upgrades or differences include 22-inch wheels, Dinamica headliner and steering wheel, high-performance brakes, stainless-steel under-guard, and carbon-fiber trim. The adjustable suspension optional on the G550 is standard on the 4x4. Available options also match the G550.

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The tamer of the two AMG models, a G63 costs $143,795. Standard features here include an AMG braking system, AMG sport exhaust, Nappa leather, stainless-steel brush guard, and 20-inch wheels.

Options for the G63 include the $330 carbon-fiber door edge guards and a $13,550 desert-themed Mojave Package, draping the car in earth-tones recalling the eponymous barren landscape. The available AMG Performance Studio Package costs $20,000 and brings to the table AMG Performance Studio paint, black side mirrors, fender flares, spare-tire surround, and bumpers, black Nappa leather, carbon-fiber interior trim, and black 20-inch wheels that hide silver-painted brake calipers.

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For $224,695, the G65 AMG and its over-the-top biturbo V12 is the on-road performance king of the G-Class models. Standard features are almost the same as the G63; the only significant difference is that the Exclusive Leather Package is now standard. Otherwise, standard features and available options mirror the G63.

CarsDirect Tip

Don’t get the 4X4 Squared unless you’re planning to exploit the incredible capabilities it offers – otherwise, the ride and handling from the jacked-up, portal-axle rig will get old quick. Also, for any trim level, be careful with options. A couple well-placed tick marks on the ordering sheet could easily tack on a cool $50,000 to the already steep base price.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.0L V-8 / 416 HP / 450 ft.lbs.
7-spd TouchShift w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
13 / 14 / 13 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.0L V-8 / 416 HP / 450 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
13 / 14 / 13 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Leading Link
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Trailing Link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum
Fuel Tank
25.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
79.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
177.2 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
76.9 "
Front Headroom
42.4 "
Rear Headroom
40.1 "
Front Legroom
52.5 "
Rear Legroom
41.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,724 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
22.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Painted Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Amg Aluminum
Metallic Monotone / Metallic Two-tone / Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Black With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Chrome W/body-color Surround / Black W/body-color Surround
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Premium Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking Assist Parktronic Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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