Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class

Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class

The G-Class designo manufaktur Edition (left) and the Exclusive Edition.

STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off two new special editions of its iconic G-Wagon SUV as the venerable off-roader moves into its final year of production.

Mercedes is clearly finding it hard to say “goodbye” to the G-Wagon. The company’s first SUV, which has been on sale without a major overhaul since 1979 was set to bow out this year with the uber-luxurious, US$500,000+ (over RM2mil) drop-top Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet special edition.

But now Mercedes is also offering buyers the chance to snap up two other limited-run G Wagons and while they both come with a premium price tag, unlike the Landaulet, they’re not capped at 99 examples.

The new “designo manufaktur” Edition is available with either a 3-litre, six-cylinder diesel or a 5.4-litre V8 under its bonnet and a choice of three special exterior paint finishes and comes with five-spoke AMG alloy wheels as standard.

Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class

The Exclusive Edition interior.

Inside, there’s piano black lacquer trim pieces, nappa leather appointments and a sports steering wheel plus seats that can automatically raise or lower their temperature, and illuminated doorsills.

The designo manufaktur Edition will retail from €109,878.65 (RM519,000) depending on powertrain.

However, for those with more disposable income, there’s the G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG Exclusive Editions, the latter of which will cost €287,658.70 (around RM1.4mil).

Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class

The ‘designo manufaktur’ Edition.

But for that financial outlay, owners will get a car with a stainless steel underguard, exclusive alloy wheels, and AMG body enhancements on the outside, and lashings of the finest quality animal hides on the inside.

The cabin is dressed in two-tone leather and the seats and door panels have a quilted leather finish. The parts of the dashboard console that aren’t wrapped in hide are finished in a choice of carbon fibre or Piano black lacquered veneer and owners can even specify for the roof-mounted grab handles to be leather wrapped to complete the look.

Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class
Mercedes-Benz issues special edition G-Class

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