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Now entering its fourth decade of production, exterior changes to the 2010 G-Glass are limited to a few cosmetic upgrades and a new, sport-tuned exhaust. Inside, driver's will find newly designed 14-way power seats, a leather-capped dash, a heated wood and leather steering wheel and a 115-volt receptacle in the cargo area.
The G550 replaces last year's G500 model and features a 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V8. Along with its new engine, the GL550 receives a new three-bar grille and chrome grille guard. All G-Class models include the new COMAND system with built in six-disc CD changer and Bluetooth capability. The G55 AMG gets a bump in power, too, now up to 500 horsepower.
While not as racy as the new GL-Class, or in the running to win any awards for aerodynamic efficiency, there is no denying the ability of the G-Class Benz to make a lasting impression. Big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone, the G500's military roots serve it well, especially when it comes to off-road ability. Aftermarket manufacturers have a wide assortment of chrome accents and big wheels, allowing the discerning G500 driver to personalize his or her vehicle in ways the original designers could never have imagined. But be warned: Though priced similarly to a Land Rover Range Rover, the G500 does not return the same refined ride or quiet cabin.