G-Class SWB gets special send-off

2011-05-05 13:08

STUTTGART, Germany – The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been a monumental off-roader for more than 32 years and its short-wheelbase station-wagon variant is entering the final phase of its life. To mark the occasion the German automaker will launch two fancy special-edition models - a BA3 Final Edition and the Editing Select.

They will feature a stainless-steel package, AMG features and chromed details in the cabin. Mercedes offers its new G-Class models in two engine variants, G350 and the more powerful G500. The G350 BlueTEC diesel engine is capable of 155kW and a torque peak of 540Nm. The 5.5 V8 G500 will be capable of 285kW/530Nm.


The engines will be mated to a 7G-TRONIC auto transmission and include electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, ESP and three differential locks.

Mercedes has aimed at boosting the visual appeal of its new models, especially the BA3 Final Edition, which has AMG flared wheel arches, a 3D Mercedes-Benz logo, an AMG radiator grille and chromed highlights. Standard features include an electric sliding/tilting sunroof, metallic paintwork, rear mudflaps, carbon-fibre look inserts in the protective strips, an ultrasonic reversing aid and tyre-pressure monitors.

SPECIAL EDITIONS: The G-Class receives a number of design enhancements courtesy of two new variants due later in 2011

The interior now sports chromed highlights throughout the cabin as well as Mercedes-Benz lettering in the luggage compartment.


For those who want something more exclusive, there's the Edition Select with two-tone paint exclusively for the long-wheelbase G500 station-wagon. The Select will be available in a choice of colours - white, silver metallic, red metallic and black metallic. The bumpers, AMG side flaps and exterior mirrors will be painted black metallic.
The units will ride on sports black 18-inch light-alloy rims and have carbon-fibre inserts and an AMG sports exhaust system.

The Edition Select’s interior has two-tone porcelain/black leather with single-tone black leather an alternative and the styling package is rounded off with a chromed luggage compartment sill-protector with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering.


The fascia, armrest, door releases and parking brake lever are lined in black leather with contrasting stitching. The inner door panels are lined with leather and the Edition Select sports black velour floor mats. Highlights in the interior include wood trim and the steering wheel and selector lever being available in a leather/piano lacquer combination with contrasting stitching.

The standard equipment will be supplemented with stainless-steel door sills bearing Mercedes-Benz lettering as well as crash-responsive head restraints.

Mercedes-Benz will launch the special editions in Europe later in 2011; Mercedes SA has no plans to sell any here.

  • FatBoySlim - 2011-05-13 12:21

    thank god its seeing it death. If only they could kill off those ugly looking Land Rover Defenders - gotta love the pop rivets on the outside!!!

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