As automotive technology has evolved over the past 30 years, greater dependability and durability have always been among the goals... particularly in SUVs. Understanding this provides insight into the formula behind the 2009 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 by a brawny box design that's changed very little since the G-Class's introduction back in 1979. For 2009, the grille is most obvious update while power improvements are hidden under the hood.
The 5-passenger G-Class is now powered by a 382 horsepower 5.5-liter V8. For those in need of additional grunt the G55 AMG model sports a supercharged 500-horsepower version of that V8. All of this power is sent to standard 4-wheel drive with low range through a 7-speed automatic transmission on the base model and a 5-speed auto on the AMG model.
Fuel economy for the G-Class ranges from 11 miles per gallon city to 15 miles per gallon highway.
Initial base MSRP for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is $100,250. A fully loaded G55 AMG will top $120,000. The G-Class is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile power train warranty.
Short of its new grille and powerplants, the G-Class's rugged, body-on-frame design has changed very little in its nearly three decades. Any updates to this SUV are to achieve greater durability, reliability and of course...that fabled Mercedes-Benz touch of class.