After nearly 40 years of production, the 300,000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class has rolled off the line. The iconic Geländewagen, or G-Wagen for short, was never intended to be the school running Chelsea tractor. It started life as a lowly work truck and military vehicle before being adopted as another stylish 4×4 accessory. While modern versions come with high quality leather interiors, xenon headlights, and garish chrome brush guards, the basic body on frame platform remains the same as it was back in 1979.
For its entire life, Mercedes has outsourced G-Class production to Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Since then, there’s been a non-stop flood of variants, from stripped down drop tops to the awesome G63 6×6 to the luxurious Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. There seems to be a flavour of G-Class for everyone, at least if you can afford its six-digit starting price. Hand-built luxury SUVs apparently don’t come cheap.
The 300,000th G-Class to roll of the line is a non-AMG G500 painted Mauritius Blue Metallic and trimmed with black leather seats and contrasting white stitching. This model also features the off-road package, adding mean-looking 16-inch wheels, knobby tires, and a roof rack. Fans on the G-Class Facebook fan page voted for the combination. The car will be on display for the next few months. You can keep tabs on the G-Class through its own hash-tag, #Gventure300k.
As iconic and popular as the G-Wagen is today, it wasn’t even officially sold in the US until 2002. Sales worldwide have grown since 2009, with more than 20,000 units sold in 2016. Every model year since 2012 has been a sales record. A new, more modern and almost assuredly more refined model is on the way.
The production of 300,000 G-Class models is an impressive milestone,” said Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, head of the off-road products at Mercedes-Benz, in a statement.
“The team which has contributed substantially to this success includes employees who have been part of the story of the G-Class for 38 years. We have enjoyed decades of successful cooperation with Magna Steyr in the production of the G-Class.”
The next generation 2019 G-Wagen will likely debut this Autumn, either at the Frankfurt auto show in September, or the Los Angeles auto show in November. The new G-Wagen will be the first extensive redesign since the off-roader’s inception in 1979.