Don't let its off-road capability fool you, as the G-Class (aka "Gelndewagen") is also impeccably appointed. While the current body style has been in production for nearly two decades, Mercedes nevertheless offers the G-Class with its latest electronics, engines and options-and the standard equipment list grows even longer for 2010.
- Exterior enhancements include body-color door handles, new side molding, revised spare tire cover, new chrome accents and a sport-tuned exhaust system
- Interior improvements include standard ambient lighting, 115-volt power outlet, leather-wrapped dashboard and an updated key
- All models receive a heated wood/leather steering wheel and advanced tire-pressure-monitoring system
- New paint: Palladium Silver
The G-Class is Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxe SUV, in production since 1979. The G stands for Gelndewagen (overland car). The G-Class is a 5-seater that features a boxy, military-looking design, and a version of it is used by the U.S. Marine Corps. The 2010 model features some exterior design changes and redesigned front seats, but is basically a carryover from the previous year.
Two models are available for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-class. The standard G550 features 18-inch wheels, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a full menu of power accessories including bi-Xenon headlights and 10-way front seats, leather upholstery, heated seats (ventilated in front), COMAND electronics interface, hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth connection, and a premium Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and remote keyless entry. The G55 AMG trim features 19-inch wheels, distinctive paint, trim, and instrument cluster, and an upgraded headliner. Maximum cargo capacity is 79.5 cubic feet, according to the automaker. When properly equipped, the G-Class can tow up to 7000 pounds, Mercedes says.
The standard power plant for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz G550 is a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 391 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with a 7-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive (4WD) with lockable differentials in the front, center, and rear. The power plant for the G55 AMG is a supercharged, 500-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 516 lb.-ft. of torque. It's coupeed with a 5-speed automatic transmission and the same 4WD system. Both engines, according to the EPA, deliver 11 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, Mercedes' mbrace telematics system, front-impact and overhead air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, intrusion-detecting technology, and an ignition-disabling device. Heavy-duty armor plating is optional.
Starting MSRPs for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ranged from $104,000 for the G550 to $122,700 for the G55 AMG.