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2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 Video: Return of the G

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Behold the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550, a vehicle that has many names: the Gelendvagen in Germany and the G-Wagen in the U.S. What once started life as a rugged, austere military vehicle for the West German army has now become a status symbol and play toy for the wealthy and well connected; these days it’s much more likely to be found in the parking lot of a Southern California Starbucks than traversing a battlefield.

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For 2019, there’s an all-new version that’s longer and wider than the old one, but it looks almost identical — and that’s OK. What I love about the previous versions remains intact with this new model, including its throwback styling and extreme upright silhouette. All the classic G-Wagen design elements remain, such as the exterior door handles and protective strip, the exposed hood and door hinges, the hood-mounted turn signals and the externally mounted full-size spare tire on the tailgate.

Inside, room is up, too, with an inch-and-a-half more legroom for front-seat passengers and nearly 6 inches more for backseat riders. It feels considerably more spacious inside than the outgoing model.

The powertrain is just insane thanks to the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 416 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque. What’s it like behind the wheel? Watch the video for more.

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