NEW FOR 2008:

– New centre console with updated COMAND APS navigation
– Updated instrument cluster
– Revised rear light design
– Standard reversing camera and tire pressure monitoring system

For 2008, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class – short for Geländewagen – receives upgrades to its standard features.

The G-Class was originally intended to be replaced by the GL-Class, but enthusiasts balked at losing their favourite model; the company retained it, but in Canada it is only available by special order.

The two models in the line-up are the G500, with 5.0-litre V8 and seven-speed automatic transmission, and the G55 AMG, with supercharged 5.5-litre V8 engine and five-speed automatic. Both use 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Features include 18-inch wheels, ten-way heated seats with three-position memory and multi-contour driver’s seat, heated rear seats, anti-theft alarm system, auto-dimming rear-view and driver’s side mirrors, Burl Walnut wood trim, cellular telephone pre-wiring, COMAND APS navigation system, cruise control, front and rear reading lights, Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound system with CD changer, garage door opener, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic column, rear-view camera, split-folding rear seats, automatic climate control, TeleAid emergency calling system, tire pressure monitoring system, entrance lamps, rain-sensing wipers, headlamp washers, Parktronic parking assist, power sunroof and stainless steel running boards.

The G-Class is purpose-built, and it’s very capable in the great outdoors, with solid axles and the ability to climb grades up to 36 degrees, and transverse slopes up to 24 degrees. It’s huge, both inside and out, and the ride is surprisingly comfortable despite its military roots, although both engines are thirsty. It won’t win any beauty contests, but it can pretty much run over all the other contestants.

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