Following the announcement of the relaunch of the Maybach brand in India, Mercedes has announced the introduction of the Geländewagen, more widely known as the G-Class. The first G-Class model to be marketed in the sub-continent is no less than the G55 which has been massaged by AMG. The Geländewagen (cross-country vehicle) has the distinction of being the longest-serving model in the Mercedes passenger vehicle range. Even though its basic look and layout has not changed since its introduction, the handsome ruggedness of the G-Class continues to appeal to a generation of well-heeled younger buyers.
Powered by a 500 horsepower 5.5 liter V8, the G55 does the 0-60 sprint in 5.5 seconds. Not too shabby for a 2.5 ton all-wheel drive offroader. Apart from the standard features expected from Mercedes vehicles, the G-Class is a true off-road vehicle, unlike the BMW X5 or the Porsche Cayenne.
Proof of this are the 100% locking differentials, permanent drive to all four wheels and gear ratios that are designed for low-speed crawling and mountain driving, should the need arise. Electronic aids like ESP and 4ETS ensure modern-day driving refinement to the G-Class’s off road capabilities. Brought in as a completely built up unit, the G55 will cost 11 million Indian Rupees or 242,000 in U.S. currency.