Mercedes G Wagen To Return With RHD

The iconic Mercedes G class off-roader will return to the UK later in 2010, this time with proper 'factory' right-hand drive.

The G was last available here in 2004, when you could buy a G55 model for around the £100k mark. Back then the car featured a right hand drive conversion by AMG, whereas the new right hand drive cars arriving in the UK from October will be built that way on the G class production line at the Magna-Steyr factory in Graz, Austria.

The first new G class to arrive will be the G500 petrol V8, which is likely to cost between £70-80k in UK showrooms according to our source at M-B. In 2011 the G500 should be joined by the latest G350 diesel, and also the G55 Kompressor which our informant says is likely to have a list price 'starting with a nine'.

At those prices, it's not surprising M-B expects the market for the new Gs to be limited, which is why there'll initially be only a single sales outlet in the UK - namely Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in Surrey.

In spite of their 40 year old design heritage, the new Gs naturally come with all the latest telematics packages Merc has to offer, and tend to be indulgently trimmed. For those who can afford it, they make interesting daily transport as I found on a quick ride in a very highly-specced G500 in Detroit last week.

Merc had laid on a couple as airport 'limos' for journalists at the motor show, and all the most discerning hacks passed over various other choice bits of M-B metal and picked the G for their ride out of town. Well I did, anyway!

P.H. O'meter

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  • soad 18 Jan 2010

    Superb news - will make a good second hand buy eventually.

  • isetta 300 18 Jan 2010

    spotted a silver AMG one in bristol last week, they still look the business

  • RV8 18 Jan 2010

    There's a late 80's LPG converted RHD on ebay at the mo. I quite like them and they look rugged but £70K+ is a hefty price tag.

  • Nick_Johnson 18 Jan 2010

    I'm a huge fan of the G-Wagon we had a 280GE Short Wheelbase in the family for about 15 Years and I just loved it. What amazes me the most about the G is that it has done the full circle and is now a fashionable design again but has stayed in production.

    I really aspire to own my own one day a G350 CDI or the G55 AMG??????


    Edited by Nick_Johnson on Monday 18th January 14:15

  • 0to60 18 Jan 2010

    I have always loved these...look great in black

    as people say though...a very hefty price

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