Seen at the recently concluded SEMA show was this wild-looking Mercedes-AMG G55, as interpreted by Japanese tuner Wald International. Featuring a ventilated hood, a new front grille, revised headlights, LED daytime running lights, a larger front bumper, and wider wheel arches, the brawny G55 was then given a purple-hued exterior. Thankfully, it’s only a wrap, so more conservative aficionados won’t have to moan about Wald destroying the car’s OEM finish. Predictably, a new set of alloy wheels was installed by Wald.
The result is a weirdly aggressive-looking G-Class that looks just about ready to transform into an ally of Optimus Prime. As a show vehicle, it certainly is eye-catching and it will appeal to certain segments of the buying public. But the G-Class’s decades-old staying power comes from its rugged dependability and Old World looks. However, seeing new interpretations is always refreshing, and radical looks are needed if one is to be noticed in an extravaganza like SEMA.