About the Mercedes G Wagon
Full name, Galandevagen, The G Wagon as its known in the ‘streets’ is a very peculiar SUV, so lets dive into why that’s the case.
The G Wagon has had a long run, 41 years to be exact and just like Porsche 911’s it too has been accused of not evolving enough in terms of aesthetics over the decades yet surprisingly they still sell in huge numbers. Why is this the case?
At this point more questions began to creep up and I said to myself, “Enough is enough, I want answers to these questions.” So I listed these questions down and paid a visit to Uncle Google for answers. This is what I found.
Side profile of 2021 G Wagon
Why are they so expensive?
Many on the world wide web have their own ideas as to why G Wagons are relatively expensive compared to other SUV’s. The popular answers happen to be related to Brand Equity and Engineering. It is no secret that Mercedes cars are seen as luxury items when new or used. What adds on to the markup for the G Class in particular is its impeccable offroad prowess, distinct styling and bulletproof build quality.
Why do they retain value so well?
Qualities that make G Wagons expensive to buy new are the same reasons why they are relatively expensive to buy used as well. These vehicles boast impeccable features like 3 locking differentials and high speed performance. Because they have hardly changed in styling over the years, one can buy a much older version and still look like a million bucks. That is the markup instilled on pretty much all used G Wagons from the modern era.
2002 G Wagon
How and when did it transition from military and farm use, to a luxury item?
1990 was the year the G Wagon began to be offered with more features that are now common with the G Wagons pf present day. This was the year one could buy one with wood trim, leather seats, cruise control and anti lock brakes. From here till modern day, they have always up’ed the anty by even offering Maybach versions for the uber wealthy. The idea behind this transition was to appeal to a wider market, especially the USA market where there was and still is a greater population of the rich than in Europe.
Rapper T.I and his G Wagon
Why do celebrities like and buy them?
Speaking of the rich, the G Wagon is of course a luxury car for showing off status and wealth. This goes hand in hand with those that fit in this category. From traditional celebrities to business people, to influencers (Youtubers, Tik Tokers, Only Fans-ers etc), most if not all has or had one. Its all about image and less to do with its offroad capabilities. One might say it is a right of passage of sorts as one transitions from “doing okay” in life to “being comfortable”....pssst that’s rich people talk for WE’RE LOADED!)
Will the G Wagon go electric?
YES! This shouldn’t be surprising considering the modern landscape of the automotive industry and its predicted future, which is most certainly going to be electric. It would make no business sense to let go of one of Mercedes’ best selling and long lasting models. The announcement of an electric G Wagon came in late 2020 and there is no doubt that it will arrive in the market in the next few years to join other best selling offroaders that have since gone electric like the Hummer and the Jeep.
How many versions of the modern G Wagon exist?
5 Door SUV
G Wagon 4 x 4 Squared
2 Door Cabriolet
3 Door SUV
5 Door Maybach Landaulet
6 x 6
Author: Tinotenda Nyakudzuka