Mercedes built the G-Class to be something of a luxury offroader which makes sense. It was meant as a fashion statement initially, it doesn’t mean that people who want to go offroad have to suffer from rugged looking vehicles or slide around in pseudoplastic interiors. No, the G-Class was meant to show that you can go offroad with all of the nitty grittyness in soft luxurious leather as well.
So what happens when you get tired of the design but still need the practicality of the car? Well, you choose a special individual style which Mercedes has to offer, and today they have here the “designo manufaktur” Edition and the Exclusive Edition. Frankly, I don’t know which one is more exclusive than the other. Mercedes aims to sell these vehicles in May onwards.
The new “designo manufaktur” Edition is available for the Mercedes‑Benz G 350 d and G 500. What you get are numerous exterior features in black with a choice of three available paint finishes in designo magma red, designo mystic white and obsidian black. The AMG 5‑spoke light alloy wheels with 275/55 R 19 tires are likewise in black, as are the inserts in the side rub strips. The three louvres of the radiator grille, the exterior mirrors, and the spare wheel cover are also in obsidian black to round off the design.
The interior of the G-Class designo manufaktur Edition is wrapped in black designo nappa leather with colour-coordinated red topstitching. The AMG Performance steering wheel has the same colour combination: the two-tone rim is in classic red/black. A luxurious highlight is set by the trim in black designo piano lacquer, with the red designo seat belts forming a contrast. Black leather grab handles in the roof liner and the exclusive “designo manufaktur Edition” badge on the centre console round off this well-coordinated overall package. The standard equipment of the G‑Class designo manufaktur Edition also includes the following:
- Exclusive package (consisting of the Seat Comfort package including multicontour front seats and seat climatisation for the driver and front passenger, leather-lined dashboard, 4 illuminated door sills and a designo roof liner in black DINAMICA microfibre)
- Sport package including the Exterior Stainless Steel package (running boards on the right and left, sports exhaust system (for G 500) and black velour floor mats)
- Chrome package (including chrome surrounds on the seat adjustment control and loudspeakers in the front doors, plus the luggage compartment sill with Mercedes-Benz lettering)
The two top models from Mercedes-AMG, the G 63 and the G 65 are now available as the particularly high-quality Exclusive Edition. They have a particularly dynamic visual appearance thanks to a model-specific underguard of stainless steel, AMG sport strips on the sides, rub strip inserts in a dark aluminium look and the spare wheel cover painted in the vehicle colour. This is complemented by striking AMG light-alloy wheels with size 295/40 R 21 tyres: the G 63 is shod with 5‑twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black with high-sheen spokes. The G 65 features ceramically polished light-alloy wheels in a 5‑twin-spoke design. 53.3 cm (21‑inch) 5‑twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in black with high-sheen rim flanges and side rub strips with inserts in carbon-fibre look are available for both models. Apart from the other paint finishes in the sampler, the matt paint finish AMG monza grey magno is exclusively available as a highlight for the Exclusive Edition.
This special model also has a high-quality interior design: standard appointments include the designo Exclusive package with a two-tone, leather-lined dashboard and AMG sport seats with two-tone leather upholstery. There is a choice of two-tone designo nappa leather in six attractive colours, or as an alternative two-tone seats in designo nappa leather in three colours with seat side bolsters in black carbon leather. In both variants the seat and door centre panels are in a diamond pattern. Customers have a choice of AMG Carbon or black designo piano lacquer trim. The Seat Comfort package including multicontour seats and seat climatisation for the driver and front passenger are also on board the Exclusive Edition. Other options available from the designo manufaktur range include designo seat belts in red, leather-clad grab handles in the roof liner and a two-tone AMG Performance steering wheel matching the seat colours.