What is it?
This is the latest, 2013-model, incarnation of the Mercedes G-Wagon, which is in its 33rd year of production as a passenger car. Now known as the G-Class, the vehicle was born out of a military vehicle project and its combat sister model is still in service across the globe.
The enduring popularity of the military version must be the reason that the G-Class - billed as being almost ‘totally handbuilt’ at the Graz plant in Austria - is still available in the showrooms. Only around 5500 road-going G-Classes were made last year, and just 100 were sold in the UK.
The car’s military roots also mean that even this blinged-up urban version is still a serious off-roader. The ladder-frame chassis is made from sheet steel that’s as thick as 4mm in places, it rolls on proper live axles, benefits from three electronic differential locks and has the requisite approach and departure angles. It also has a braked towing capability of a massive 3500kg.
All of the 2013 models might be very expensive indeed, kicking of with the G 350’s £82,000 sticker price (indeed, the right-hook G63 is £123,000 and there’s a LHD V12 G 65 AMG which is current retailing for £198,000) but the G-Class will undoubtedly cut it in both Morocco and Monaco.