The Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen — now perhaps better known as the G-Class — has had a long and illustrious history. Mercedes decided to pay homage to the 33-year-old SUV on camera shortly before releasing the newest, slightly-worked-over version to customers.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class hasn’t been a stranger to tough terrain–it was famously designed for the Shah of Persia, who wanted a Mercedes-Benz that could handle almost any type of road or surface. The G Model bowed in 1979, though the Shah’s order (which called for some 20,000 examples for his army) was abandoned after the Islamic Revolution. Mercedes-Benz designer Volker Leutz described the original car as having a “breathtakingly new and modern shape,” which is ironic considering that the car’s generic shape hasn’t changed since then. Yes, we’ve seen four door G-Classes, convertibles, long-wheelbase, and armored variants come and go over the years, but the basic G-Class shape has hardly changed a bit.
Instead, the biggest changes to the G-Class are inside the cabin and under the hood. While the original G Model lacked fuel injection, the new 2013 model makes about 600 hp in its insane G65 AMG guise, thanks to a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine.
Check out the video below, and feel free to get nostalgic about the history of the boxy utility vehicle. Let us know what you think (of both the G-Class and the video) below.