By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 12/29/2011
Though the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has long been rumored to be on the chopping block, demand has managed to keep the vehicle, often called the "G-Wagen," alive for 2012 at least. The elimination of the G55 AMG model for 2012, however, doesn't bode well for the G-Class's future. One of the more storied production vehicles still available, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was adapted from an iconic military-only off-roader. Over the years the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has progressively become more luxurious and technologically advanced. However, the G-Wagen's classic boxy styling and rugged performance have never strayed far from the original's intent. The Land Rover and Porsche Cayenne may be listed as competitors, but there's nothing quite like the 2012 Mercedes G550 SUV.You'll Like This Car If...
If you get a childlike smirk when you look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV you'll probably love it.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're expecting the big-sedan comfort offered by most modern SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz G550 is not for you.What's New for 2012
The AMG-tuned G55 is no longer available, but Mercedes has created a new "Edition Select" package for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G550.Driving It Driving Impressions
Like its predecessors, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV is no corner carver. Its sheer bulk and boxiness don't lend the butch SUV to turning on a dime. It is giggle-inducing quick in a straight line, however. Though few will ever see muddy trails or rocky paths, the 2012 G-Class is a formidable off-road machine. In everyday highway driving duty the G-Class feels like a lighter SUV.Favorite Features
Sculpted Bucket Seats
The seats in the Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV are excellent. They offer versatile adjustment options and a firm grip for the driver.
Even if it's only for one more year, it heartens us to see an iconoclast such as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class survive in an era where too many designs are almost indistinguishable.