Much has been said about the Mercedes G-Class’ prestige and joie de vivre. So much so that is has kinda overshadowed the car’s legendary off-road capabilities. It might be the car of choice for the Hollywood elite and spend most of its time going up and down Beverly Hills’ well-organized roads, but the G-Wagen is still a military vehicle at heart. That is the subject of the new ad called “Above and Beyond.”
Well, we say ad, but it’s more like a short film worthy of a Sundance or something.
Here’s something cool — The evolution of the G-Class:
1979 – The G-Class is presented to the press for the first time in the south of France. Production gets underway with the 230 G, 240 GD, 280 GE and 300 GD models.
1980 – An enclosed van-type model with short or long wheelbase is added to the model range.
1981 – The first facelift. Automatic transmission, air conditioning, longitudinal bench seats for the load area, additional fuel tanks, a “tropical roof”, protective headlamp grilles, a cable winch, a hardtop for the Cabriolet and a mechanical power take-off are all available as options for the 280 GE and 300 GD. A choice of five different paint colours has risen to 22.
1982 – The 230 G is fitted with a fuel injection system and becomes the 230 GE. Recaro seats, auxiliary heating, wide-base tyres on light-alloy wheels and wheel-arch flaring can be ordered as options.
1983 – The 230 GE is optionally available with a four-speed automatic transmission. The second facelift sees four new metallic colour shades and a five-speed transmission added to the list of equipment – as well as eight-inch tandem brake boosters and a new folding soft top for the Cabriolet.
1985 – A facelift adds differential locks, central locking, a rev counter and split rear bumper to the list of standard equipment.
1986 – A closed-loop catalytic converter becomes available for the 230 GE.
1987 – The fourth facelift brings power windows, an automatic aerial, a combined luggage cover and retaining net for the load area, and a larger fuel tank. Unveiling of the 250 GD with 62 kW/84 hp.
1988 – New six-cylinder diesel engine for the 300 GD. The driver’s and front passenger’s seats are fitted with armrests.
1989 – Launch of the new 463 model series with permanent four-wheel drive, and manually selectable ABS at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
1990 – The 463 model series is launched with the 230 GE, 300 GE, 250 GD and 300 GD. Customers can choose from three body variants.
1992 – The new 350 GD TURBODIESEL is unveiled. Cruise control, a stainless-steel spare wheel cover, side-mounted running boards, a luggage compartment cover and burr walnut trim are available as options.
1993 – Unveiling of the special model 500 GE. This offers a range of luxury appointments and is built in a limited edition of 500 units.
1994 – A second facelift for the 463 model series brings internally ventilated front disc brakes and a driver airbag.
1995 – All G-Class models are fitted with remote-controlled central locking and an immobiliser.
1996 – The Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cabriolet with electrohydraulic soft top is presented, along with the G 300 TURBODIESEL. Facelift and upgrade of standard equipment with a headlamp cleaning system, cruise control and a front passenger airbag.
1997 – The electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission becomes available for the G 300 TURBODIESEL and the G 320.The 290 GD TURBODIESEL with 88 kW/120 hp replaces the 290 GD with naturally aspirated diesel engine.
1998 – Mercedes-Benz launches the new G 500 with V8 engine (218 kW/296 hp).
1999 – The multifunction steering wheel is added to the list of standard equipment for the G-Class. Launch of the G55 AMG. Its V8 engine delivers 260 kW/354 hp. The Mercedes-Benz G 500 Guard appears in three different special-protection versions.
2000 – The new 2001 models are unveiled at the Paris Motor Show – with a new interior offering enhanced levels of comfort. A new V8 diesel engine (184 kW/250 hp) for the G 400 CDI. The V8 models are fitted with new light-alloy wheels, a chrome-plated radiator grille and bumpers in the vehicle colour.
2001 – The IAA in Frankfurt sees the unveiling of the G-Class with new dynamic control systems. These include the ESP® Stability Program, BAS Brake Assist and the new ETS Electronic Traction System.
2002 – The new G 270 CDI makes its debut powered by a 115-kW/156-hp five-cylinder diesel engine.
2003 – Indicator repeaters are integrated into the exterior mirrors of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
2004 – World premiere of the new G55 AMG with a supercharged V8 engine developing 350 kW/476 hp.
2006 – Introduction of the new G 320 CDI with diesel engine (165 kW/224 hp), fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter.
2007 – Another facelift. LED-look tail lights. New instrument cluster with four analogue instruments mounted in chrome rings. New four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified centre console. COMAND APS as standard for the models G 500 and G55 AMG.
2008 – Revised radiator grille with three slats. New V8 engine with displacement and 5.5 litres and output of 388 hp (285 kW). Bluetooth hands-free system for mobile telephone.
2009 – New seats plus interior design modifications
2011 – V6 diesel engine in the G 350 BlueTEC with state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology and AdBlue® injection, delivering impressively low emissions and output of 155 kW (211 hp).