The 2007 Mercedes-Benz G-Class luxury SUV will be officially unveiled during the next Paris Motor Show, which will take place in September, 2006.
Featuring the same boxy exterior with the signature pair of turn signals placed on top of its front fenders, the new car will be available with either a standard 5.0-liter petrol engine, or a high-powered, hand-built 5.4-liter mill that will motivate the AMG version. Although, considering the way the vehicle behaves on an Autobahn, the choice of engines seems to be ridiculous (no one will drive this tank at its top speed without wetting his pants), I am pretty sure that the new G-Class will find hundreds of happy (and quite wealthy) customers in Third World countries ready to shell out a significant sum just to get this piece of living legend and to show off their status.
Still, putting countries with high level of corruption aside, I, frankly speaking, don’t understand the point of this car. I mean, who wants to drive a newspaper kiosk on wheels that costs more than a hundred thousand euros, features ergonomics of VW T1 and steers on the highway like an Abrams tank with exactly the same fuel efficiency and similar level of interior design quality?
With a curb weight of 2535 kilograms (5590 pounds,) the G-Class is not particularly good when it comes to real off-roading, too. The SUV is just too heavy to perform well on a snowy field or on a muddy trail.
The redesigned G-Klasse will preserve its, err, quadratisch exterior, but will feature a set of more powerful engines married with seven-speed gearbox and a modernized interior.
Compared to the previous versions, the refreshed version of the truck-based SUV is now equipped with trendy LED-look taillights, bi-xenon headlamps, and corner-illuminating foglamps.
Inside the SUV you will find such standard features as dual-zone automatic climate control that allows setting the most comfortable temperature for the driver and the passenger; a power tilt/telescoping heated steering wheel, which may come handy for those living in Canada, North Europe or Russia; a navigation system with the COMAND interface that makes the car look more expensive, is good in Europe, but will show you an extended blank space instead of Russia.
Other comfort features that are also included in the base price include heated 10-way power leather front seats with memory and a nice 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a trunk-mounted six-CD changer that offers superb sound that will suit needs of most motorists.
The revised dinosaur will be available in either G500 or G55 AMG Kompressor versions, the former equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and starting at $60,000 and the latter sporting a much more powerful 5.4-liter hand-built 48S power-plant and available at a base price of $76,000.
Somehow it happened that the G-Class doesn’t have any competitors at all.
Just like the dinosaurs, they vanished from the face of the Earth long, long time ago.
See also: 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Kompressor SUV technical specification
Estimated base price (MSRP): $76,000
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: front engine, 4WD
Engine: 493 hp @ 6100 rpm, 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) @ 2750 rpm, 5.4-liter, V8
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Top Speed: 210 km/h
0 – 62 mph: 5.5 seconds
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 12 / 14 (19.6 / 16.8)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 185.6 / 73.4 / 77.8 / 112.2
Ground clearance: 8.3
Track (frt/rr): 59.6 / 59.6
Approach Angle (degrees):N/A
Breakover Angle (degrees): N/A
Departure Angle (degrees): N/A
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 43.5
Curb Weight: 5590 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: There are none, but you may consider getting yourself a 2007 Lexus LX 470