The Mercedes G-class has been revealed at the Beijing motor show, with company bosses vowing the military grade off-roader, which has just entered its 33rd year of production, will continue to be part of its product line-up for many years to come.
"The Mercedes G-class is at the top of all off-road luxury vehicles, and it is now seen as an icon," said G-class director of product line Axel Harries. "It is the godfather of all Mercedes off-road vehicles, and we see the group of potential customers growing every day.
"It is back on the radar and seen as cool, so that is why we see further potential with this vehicle - in 2011 we sold 6600 cars, our best sales year for seven years. People ask us how long we can build this vehicle and my message to you is that the legend lives on. There is no run-out date and no reason to try and think of one."
The reworked G-class is planned to go on sale in the UK in June boasting a series of subtle exterior styling tweaks, a new range of engines mated to an updated seven-speed gearbox, a lightly altered interior and a brace of new electronic driver aids.
Among the changes made to the G-class’s classic square rigged exterior is a restyled grille with standard models receiving three prominent slats in place of the older model’s seven slats, new headlamp inserts featuring horizontally mounted LED running light, redesigned mirror housings, altered tail lamp graphics and a new line of alloy wheels.
In the UK just two G-class models will be sold: the G350 BlueTec for just under £90,000 and the G63 AMG, which will cost around £110,000. The former is expected to account for around 70 per cent of UK sales.
However, in other markets a G500 and G65 AMG performance flagship will be offered. All are assembled at Mercedes-Benz partner Magna’s factory in Graz, Austria.