While automotive technology has changed greatly over the past 30 years, greater dependability and durability have always been among the goals, especially in SUVs. Understanding this provides insight into the formula behind the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
The growl of its big V8 is the first sign of the G-Class's arrival. This macho note is backed up by a brawny box design that has changed little since the G-Class's introduction in 1979. Details that hint at its go-anywhere ruggedness are the brush guards for the turn signals and the front, rear, and center-locking differentials hidden beneath its retro body.
The 5-passenger G-Class is powered by a 292 horsepower 5-liter V8. For those in need of additional grunt the G55 AMG model sports a massive 5.4-liter, 493 horsepower supercharged V8. All of this power is sent to standard 4-wheel drive through a 5-speed automatic transmission on the base model and a 7-speed auto on the AMG model...both with low range.
Fuel economy ranges from 11 miles per gallon city to 15 miles per gallon highway.
Base MSRP for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is $88,200. A fully loaded G55 AMG can top out at around $112,000. The G-Class is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile power train warranty.
The G-Class's rugged, body-on-frame construction has changed very little in its nearly three decades except to achieve greater durability, reliability and of course...that fabled Mercedes-Benz touch of class.