(credit: Daimler) (above) Mercedes-Benz G-Class – BA3 Final Edition will come in two variants
Mercedes-Benz recently announced two new, luxuriously appointed G-Class models to usher in the spring season. enhancements are restricted mainly to aesthetic which includes extensive stainless steel package and AMG body kits. the two models, one is based on the short-wheelbase Station Wagon, while the other is based on the long wheelbase vehicle. in general, chrome package and other “comfort-enhancing” extras dominate these two models.
this also marks the last edition of the short-wheelbase Station Wagon G-Class. the short-wheelbase model, dubbed “BA3 Final Edition” has two variants: the G 350 BlueTEC 6-cylinder diesel engine produces a healthy 155 kW (211 hp) and 540 Nm of torque that should provide effortless pulling power for both on and off road. the second variant is the G 500 V8 petrol engine that develops 285 kW (388 hp) and 530 Nm of torque. both variants are equipped with the same drive and dynamic handling control systems, alongside the permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission. other standard features include electronically controlled traction system (4ETS), ESP and three selectable differential locks.
externally, the “BA3 Final Edition” is fitted with AMG flared wheel arches complement by 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels shod in 265/60 R18 tires. stainless steel 3D Mercedes-Benz star makes its appearance on the running boards and on the spare wheel cover. the front features the iconic AMG 3-louvre design radiator grille accented with chrome highlights. standard features include an electric sliding/titling sunroof, metallic paintwork, rear mud flaps, carbon fiber-look inserts in the protective strips, an ultrasonic reversing aid and a tire pressure monitoring system. the interior gets a functional ambient light and accents of chrome, and burr walnut wood. it is a Mercedes-Benz, so you would expect nothing less than luxurious leather throughout the interior wherever possible.
(credit: Daimler) (above) Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Edition Select is based on the long-wheelbase G 500
the second vehicle in the offering is the special “Edition Select” model which comes in two-tone paintwork exclusive to the long-wheelbase G 500 Station Wagon. though, we did not spot any ‘two-tone’ on the model shown in the press photos. buyers of the “Edition Select” will have a choice of four colors to choose from. regardless of the color chosen, the bumpers, AMG side flaps and side mirrors will remain in obsidian black metallic. like the “BA3 Final Edition”, this model will also sport the stainless steel 3D Mercedes-Benz star on the running boards and on the spare wheel cover. the “Edition Select” sits on black-painted 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels, wrapped in 265/60 R18 tires. the protective strips are treated with carbon fiber inserts and it is equipped with an AMG sports exhaust system.
the interior of the “Edition Select” received a two-tone upholstery in porcelain/black designo leather, but there is an option to go full black if two-tone does not fancy you. the dashboard, armrest, door handles and parking brake lever are wrapped in black leather with contrasting stitching in some areas. other luxurious appointments include gathered leather on the inner door panels, leather and piano lacquer combo for the steering wheel and selector lever et cetera. the in-car entertainment department is covered by a 12-speakers system featuring Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound system, and a 10-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 450 watts.
the G 350 BlueTEC “BA3 Final Edition” is priced at 90,511.40 euro (about US$131,757) while the G500 commands a 100,685.90 euro (about US$146,568) price tag. no indication of the price for the “Edition Select” though. however, we are not quite sure if the rest of the world will have their chance to acquire either of the special edition G-Class.