First up is the EDITION30.PUR, a long wheelbase model paying homage to the first generation G-Models, and optimised for the toughest assignments off the beaten track.
With 280 CDI power, this real man’s car comes with all-terrain tyres on 16ins alloy wheels, flexible wheel arch flares, protective lamp grilles and a bonnet designed for walking on so you can access the optional roof rack. Inside the four individual seats can be cloth or leather covered, and you also get rubber floor mats, spray protected controls and drainage apertures in the footwells, essential kit for those deep-water river crossings.
The G-Class itself was apparently first developed as a military vehicle for the former Shah of Iran – himself once a significant stakeholder in Daimler-Benz. Around 200,000 examples have been hand-built in Austria by Magna-Steyr since 1979, making it the longest serving passenger model in M-B history. According to Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche there are no plans to end the G-Class success story yet.