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's designed for serious off-road use, and it features a boxy, military-looking design. In fact, a version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is used by the U.S. Marine Corps. The 2011 model is a carryover from the previous year.
Two trim levels are available for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-class. The standard G550 features 18-inch wheels, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a full menu of power accessories including 10-way front seats, bi-xenon headlights, leather upholstery, heated seats (ventilated in front), COMAND electronics interface, hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a premium Harman Kardon surround-sound system, as well as remote keyless entry. The G55 AMG trim features 19-inch wheels, distinctive paint, trim, and instrument cluster, and an upgraded headliner, as well as a supercharged engine. Maximum cargo capacity is 79.5 cubic feet. Properly equipped, the G-Class can tow up to 7000 pounds, according to the manufacturer.
The standard power plant in the 2011 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 2011 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 MSRP for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is $105,750.