Introduced in the United States in 2002 Mercedes Benz The G-class SUV has quickly gained popularity among wealthy businessmen and celebrities who use the luxury car as a status symbol.
The G-Class SUV, sometimes called the “G-Wagon”, was originally developed as a military vehicle and has been sold by Mercedes-Benz for over 35 years. All G-Wagon models are equipped with all-wheel drive. Mercedes made sure the car was comfortable both off-road and on the highway.
The Mercedes G-Class SUV is an icon in the world of 4×4 vehicles. With a design that hasn’t really changed in over 30 years, the Gelandewagen, or G-Wagen as it’s popularly known, is the SUV of choice for celebrities around the world.
One of the most popular models is the G55. It is part of the first generation known as the W463. Production began in 1990 and ended in 2018. There are many reasons why celebrities love the G55. One of them is that the car is built almost entirely by hand. Another reason is that it looks sturdy and extremely masculine. It’s considered one of the best SUVs in the world, and there must be a reason why great actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brad Pitt have it in their garage.
Let’s find out why many celebrities have the G55 in their garage.
Mercedes-Benz G55: Robust performance and excellent handling make it a top choice for celebrities
The G55 comes with a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The car has a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The 5,500-pound G55 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.6 seconds. This performance statistic shocked critics, because why should something so huge be able to move so fast.
Driving on the Autobahn is very pleasant, and the only thing that can get uncomfortable are nasty potholes. In terms of handling, it steers slowly, but the slow steering is an advantage in the dirt. You can take the G55 through almost anything nature throws at it, and the steering wheel rarely registers the bumps.
Mercedes fitted a limited slip rear differential and locking front, center and rear differentials for off-road use. The differentials allow the G55 to do its trail-bashing with a more back-to-basics approach than you’d get from a high-tech Land Rover.
Mercedes has ensured that the interior of the G55 is suitable for wealthy individuals
The interior of the G-Class is characterized by a high degree of fitting accuracy and workmanship. Wood, leather and metallic embellishments adorn the edgy basics well. Mercedes has deadened some of the road noise, though some rumble from the AMG engine and some air rushing around the tall A-pillars whistles into the cabin.
Inside, the G-Class impresses with every conceivable headroom. However, due to the considerable height and width of the center console, front-seat occupants would notice the width most.
The seats themselves are usually fixed and electrically adjustable, with heating and ventilation. An electrically telescopic and electrically tilting steering wheel makes the driving position less bus-like than some other SUVs.
The second-row bench has some tilt built into its bottom cushion, which softens the flatness of the seat, and it’s also heated. The seatbacks have a 60/40 split and can be folded forward to increase cargo space. With the rear seat in its usual place, the cargo area measures just under 80 cubic feet.
The G55 is packed with advanced safety and infotainment features that make it easy to use
Mercedes equips the G55 with almost all the safety equipment that is installed in other vehicles. These features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and stability control. This also included curtain airbags and seat-mounted airbags.
When driving in difficult conditions or off-road, the vehicle’s stability control and four-wheel drive offer more than just an additional level of safety. When towing, the stability system adjusts its programming, and the three locking differentials assist more experienced drivers when exiting difficult terrain.
Mercedes has fitted a reversing camera and parking sensors which are very helpful as the G55 has limited rear vision. The latest Mercedes G-Class also features additional safety technologies such as the Tele-Aid system, which offers emergency and theft tracking services.
For infotainment, the G55 has a COMAND controller that controls a range of systems via a high-resolution 7-inch screen. It controls satellite and HD radio, iPods and MP3 players. Cellular phones via Bluetooth with some voice control for the phone and audio are standard on all models.
There is also a six-disc DVD changer with video playback and Harman Kardon surround sound. SiriusXM delivers real-time traffic, weather, news and restaurant information. Mercedes’ mobile connectivity suite, mbrace2, is also built in, meaning vehicle versions of Yelp and Facebook are accessible via COMAND.