The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has maintained largely the same shape for decades, and it's become an iconic profile. There's no mistaking a G-Class on the road, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is no exception.
The designers who first worked on the G-Class, which was initially built as a variant of a European military service nearly a half-century ago, had no inkling of the cultlike following this midsize luxury SUV would develop decades later among civilians in certain affluent corners of the U.S. — where it?s also referred to as the Geländewagen by those in the know.
The result is a unique vehicle: a high-riding off-roader loaded with luxury and gifted with massive power. In the end, the G-Class doesn't excel at either on- or off-road performance. Of course, its appeal doesn't lie in its capabilities but its impressive extremes — a fact Mercedes-Benz understands very well.
The new-for-2017 G550 4x42 is a perfect example of the G-Class' appeal. It's been raised even higher thanks to a reworked suspension, and given skid plates, larger tires, a roaring, quad-tip side-exit exhaust and a twin-turbo V8. It's the G-Class, only bigger.
Two AMG versions of the G-Class are also available. The AMG G 63 and AMG G 65 are definitely road-going vehicles, with sticky tires with low sidewalls. The former's 563-hp twin-turbocharged V8 and the latter's 621-hp twin-turbo V12 might be thought of as the poster children for automotive overkill. But overkill is what the G-Class is meant to do. EPA fuel economy estimates are about what you'd expect, with the entry-level G550 rated at 13 mpg combined (13 city/14 highway) and the fire-breathing AMG G 65 returning 12 mpg combined (11 city/13 highway).
The G-Class passenger cabin is nicely turned out in top-quality leather upholstery and wood trim. It's also a surprisingly quiet place, save for those times you decide to turn all those AMG-produced horses loose to gallop freely. It also features a user-friendly technology interface and well-sized functional knobs for the climate control system.
This is an old vehicle underneath, having mostly carried over for 40 years, which shows through in handling and interior space. The G-Class design is known for being difficult to get into and out of, for starters. Once inside, both front and rear seat passengers of anything more than average height are bound to feel crowded. There's not even as much cargo room as you might expect in an SUV that makes such a great pretense out of its practicality. The entry-level G550 will tow a 7,000-pound trailer, which is at least some concession to utility.
Ultimately, the G-Class is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition, but either way it's undeniably eye-catching, and Edmunds can help you find the right 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class for you.
2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is offered in the following submodels: AMG G 65, AMG G 63, SUV. Available styles include AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A), G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A), and AMG G 65 4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A). G-Class models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 G-Class comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 G-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Review I have slaved through school for the past 14 years to finally purchase the car of my dreams. I spent countless hours test driving and convincing my wife to buy this car. It was a special order designed by the dealer. It just so happened to be the exact color and some options I preferred. I made a down payment. En route to the US from germany, the cargo ship had a fire. This caused a +1 month hold up on my car at the port of Baltimore. Thinking to myself????? "Should I buy a car like this?" The car was released and finally arrives!!! Yes! I go to the dealer for pickup and drive it for 15 minutes and enjoyed finally being able to see the most beautiful hand crafted piece of artwork ever made. I cruised at low speeds, talked to my salesman, played the radio. Of course, no one is paging attention to fine details at this point. The car went straight from the dealer to my friend who has placed Xpel ultimate on other vehicles of mine. He did an amazing job. 1 week worth of hard work and dedication, The day finally arrives to return the loaner and pick up my car. From the start I heard an intermittent "booting" noise, almost like a baby owl. It would mainly occur between shifts or let up off of the gas. Higher temperatures outside produced a more defined and constant noise. The biggest issue besides the "most" annoying noise was a very hard rumbly and shaking shift when I would brake from 4th to 3rd gear. This was always constant. I finally got the car to my local detailed (whom has been more than professional and kind) to have the service manager drive my car. He noted all of the complaints and the car went in for service. Adaptations (computer updates) were performed which actually made the shifting and hard shakes worse. This is week 3 and there has been no fix. I was told today that, corporate engineers, told my local service team to tear apart the transmission and check everything. They respectfully disagreed and deferred this treatment. They know it's a transmission issue and a case was opened. Meanwhile, they have captured the noise and recorded what I described as "hooting" earlier. They hear it and also agree that this is "NOT" normal. They have no idea what is causing it. With this, I was told today that the service team have been in contact with corporate and they have planned to order a new transmission...... from Germany. 2 more weeks, plus delivery, plus installation. I have involved and contacted MB customer service. These messages have been relayed up the hierachal chain. They were great about getting back to me in a very efficient time. I was told today that they assure their engineers are trying to fix this problem quickly. I have assured and assured that no one in their right mind would pay 129k for a car and want the transmission replaced and to have a noise that can't be fixed. Without anymore complaining and painful details, I am still dealing with this and to let others know, I am not the only one with these issues. A new "befriended" friend of mine and I have been in contact, and he has the same noises. He has also had his brand new 2017 G550 rear end replaced because they thought the noise was coming from there. It's been a disaster and no one who pays this sort of money on a high end luxury vehicle deserves this. The car should be taken back without any question.
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2017 mercedes-benz g-class AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A), 7-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 13 combined MPG 12 city MPG/14 highway MPG
2017 mercedes-benz g-class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A), 7-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 13 combined MPG 13 city MPG/14 highway MPG
2017 mercedes-benz g-class AMG G 65 4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A), 7-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 12 combined MPG 11 city MPG/13 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?
Available Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 Submodel Types: SUV, AMG G 63, G63 AMG, G 63 AMG, G55 AMG
Available Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2017 Trims: G500, G550, AMG G 63, G63 AMG, G 550, G 63 AMG, G55 AMG
Exterior Colors: Black, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black Metallic, Dakota Brown Metallic, Flint Grey Metallic, Iridium Silver Metallic, Midnight Blue, Polar White, designo Mystic White Metallic, designo® Graphite Metallic (SPC)
Interior Colors: Black, Black premium leather, designo® Black premium leather, designo Auburn Brown Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Black Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Black premium leather, designo Light Brown Nappa Leather premium leather, designo Porcelain Nappa Leather premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Navigation, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Trip Computer, 6000lb Towing Capacity, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Cooled Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Parking sensors, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Headlights, Back-up camera, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Blind Spot Monitoring, Post-collision safety system, USB Inputs, Pre-collision safety system, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Adaptive Cruise Control
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: four wheel drive
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