Evaluation Paper Mercedes G-Class
There are many four-wheel drive automobiles for sale, but the Mercedes G-Class is by far the best sports utility vehicle on the market. The Mercedes G-Class is a mid-size four-wheel drive and sports utility vehicle that is produced in Austria for the German automobile maker Mercedes-Benz. The G in Mercedes G-Class stands for Gelandewagen, which means cross-country vehicle in German. It was first made in 1979 as a military vehicle. The Shah of Iran suggested that Mercedes-Benz create the G-Class to be sold as a civilian sports utility vehicle also. The G-Class has been produced for thirty-two years.
Mercedes-Benz has promised to keep this certain sports utility vehicle in production until at least 2025 (“Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen”). The G-Class is known for its sleek and stylish boxy shape. The design has barely changed since first produced. While competitors change, the “G” remains. It has leather seats, and both the steering wheel and the front and rear seats are heated. The inside has a full screen navigation system that works well for cities and for off road adventures. This year the G-Class is getting a few updates. The 2013 “G” will include light-emitting diode running lights underneath the head lights.
The dash board will have a new design. Some will even come with a mounted Apple i-Pad mini. The side mirrors have will turn indicator strips (2013 Mercedes). This vehicle has bullet proof windows, and the whole body of the car is bullet proof. This Mercedes has received a top safety award by Auto Weekly Magazine (autoweekly). The engine options are a V-8 or an incredible V-12 in a few countries. The Mercedes G-Class can go from zero to sixty in under eight seconds. This vehicle comes in a 349 horsepower version. The anti-lock breaks have a break-assist feature that ensures full power breaking in an emergency stop.
Frontal and window airbags and anti-whiplash seat headrests are also standard in the G-Class. The Mercedes G-Class is classy, yet safe and powerful. Many people love these Mercedes so much because they are rare only; 5500 were made last year for civilians around the world. This type of performance and rare luxury car comes at a price. The sports utility vehicle is expensive itself, but this Mercedes is also a gas-guzzler. Short of a tractor, nothing can tackle mud as well as this Mercedes, but the owner will pay for it in town. In town, it only receives twelve miles per gallon in town and only fifteen on the highway.
One must climb up into the driver’s seat, and the closeness of the windscreen and the vertical attitude of the A-pillars is a surprise at first. The electric seat and electric wheel adjuster will move far enough apart for the moderately tall to get comfortable. Headroom is vast. Around town, the G-Class feels firm, but beyond city limits, it is rough riding because it is meant to be an off-roading vehicle. One can see why Mercedes has sought to improve body control by fitting stronger springs to limit roll and improve cornering ability.
They work well, but the trade-off is that the G-Class hops and skips where say, a Range Rover would not (Top Gear). The Mercedes G-Class was featured in a movie this year called Die Hard 5. This movie showed the G-Class at its best. People around the world wanted to know if this Mercedes was capable of such insane stunts. The television show from the United Kingdom Top Gear did a special on the Mercedes G-Class. The Mercedes is put into a mock chase. They pretend a spy has to reach a safe house in a certain time limit. They send three helicopters and some of the British Army to put this Mercedes to the test.
The G-Class starts off being chased to the safe house from a busy town. This Mercedes reaches speeds of 130 miles per hour. The G-Class runs through blockades and even sidewalk benches. It is being shot at, but since it is bullet proof, this does not phase the G-Class. It finally gets out of city limits, and three helicopters cannot catch this amazing vehicle. The helicopters are only reaching 120 miles per hour. The British Army sets up traps to get the Mercedes, but instead of giving up, it is able to literally plow through a heavily wooded forest.
The Mercedes G-Class has a uni-body. This means unlike most vehicles, it does not come apart. It is one piece of steel all the way around this sports utility vehicle. When the G-Class comes out of the forest, the Army tries to shoot the tires out because the G-Class is reaching the safe house quickly. They shoot out one tire, then two tires. This Mercedes is an all the time four wheel drive so it keeps on going. It is driving at a much slower pace now but only has one hundred yards till it reaches its destination. The British Army’s helicopters finally shoot the very last tire out.
The Mercedes G-Class was short eleven yards to making it into the safe house (Top Gear). It was one against many, and the Mercedes G-Class put up a hard fight. This combination of sports utility vehicle and luxury will never make complete sense on paper, but if driven, it is easy to see why it soars past other automobiles like the Land Rover and Range Rover. If willing to pay the big bucks, this one of a kind off road vehicle is a treasure. There is not now and never will be another sports utility vehicle like it. It will outlast any automobile, so in the long run it is worth the extra money.