G-Class stays in production; Mercedes reverses decision based on demand
DIANA T. KURYLKO | Automotive News
Posted Date: 11/22/05
Mercedes-Benz has decided to keep the 26-year-old G-Class SUV in
production after 2006 because of solid demand for the massive vehicle.
The 5,545-pound G-Class, formerly named the Gelaendewagen, is based on
a military vehicle. It was launched in 1979, and was scheduled to
disappear in the 2007 model year, when a new full-sized SUV is
"We found there is still demand for it," a Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman
said last week.
U.S. sales totaled 1,491 units in 2004 and are running at a slightly
slower pace this year. Sales through October totaled 1,088, down 8.4
percent from the year-ago period.
The 2005 G500 is $81,675 including shipping, while the AMG G55 version,
powered by a 469-hp supercharged 5.5-liter V-8, is priced at $105,275
Mercedes has not introduced a 2006 G-Class.
The spokesman said Mercedes has not decided on future engine
configurations for the G-Class or if both the G55 and G500 versions are
"We are investigating the possibility of a diesel powerplant in it,"
the spokesman said.
The decision to keep producing the G-Class means the full-sized SUV
scheduled for the 2007 model year likely will be called the GL. It will
be produced in Vance, Ala., alongside the M-Class SUV.
The G-Class will continue to be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
The plant has turned out more than 185,000 units since production