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By Cars.com Staff
June 12, 2009
Vehicle Overview Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that comfortably seats five people. Competitors include the Hummer H2 and Land Rover Range Rover.
New for 2010 There are no major changes for 2010.
Exterior This distinctive SUV's strictly utilitarian appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels, plus a stainless steel spare-tire cover. At 183.5 inches long on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the G-Class is 77.8 inches tall and 71.3 inches at its widest.
Spare wheel cover
Body-colored door handles
New Palladium Silver paint option
Interior Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, power windows and locks, DVD navigation, power front seats with three-position memory, and rear parking assistance.
Alcantara leather headliner in G55 AMG
Rear-passenger reading lamps
Optional HD radio and Sirius Real-Time Traffic
Ambient lighting is standard
New leather dashboard
Under the Hood Depending on the model, there are two engine options that can be teamed with a five- or seven-speed automatic transmission.
G550's V-8 produces 382 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a seven-speed automatic
G55 AMG's supercharged V-8 makes 500 hp and is teamed with a five-speed automatic
Safety A variety of safety features are standard, including:
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
Electronic stability system
Side curtain airbags
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