By Edward A. Sanchez
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The Benz G-Wagen is one of those rare vehicles that have legit credibility with both rich snobs and hard-core off-roaders.
Its styling is defiantly retro, barely changed in the more than 35 years of its existence, and it remains a status symbol from the Hamptons
to Holmby Hills. Recently,benz has let its engineers come up with some pretty wild variations, the most recent and memorable being
the 6×6 model sold in some
markets that was reportedly especially popular in the insanely wealthy United Arab Emirates.
These spy shots show a G-Wagen with a higher-than-normal ride height, as well as the conspicuous absence of the proverbial
transaxle “pumpkin.”This is a clear indication to us that this prototype is utilizing the portal axle design used on the
6×6 G-Wagen and also made famous by benz’
other off-road icon, the Unimog.
We know that the G-Wagen is poised for a redesign that will make it incrementally wider to increase passenger comfort
and allow the fitment of standardized seats interchangeable with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
However, Mercedes is aware of the appeal of the G-Wagen’s block, square-jawed styling, and the exterior is expected to be just a mild
evolutionary change from the original “Gunter glieben glauchen globen.”We can’t so much as look at the Benz G63 AMG
without the phrase running through our minds.
Coined by poodle-haired ’80s Brit rockers Def Leppard, the ostensibly German words have essentially no meaning yet,
like the G63 AMG, carry plenty of Teutonic gravitas. Precisely why this pop-rock chestnut imbeds itself into our subconscious
whenever a slab-sided G-wagen rolls into view is a question best left to Freud.