Past weekend I was in the wonderful position to join an assorted group of Bloggers and some Journalists in Switzerland and France for a Mercedes Benz Event to introduce two new and updated models. The classic G-Class, also known as the G-Wagon, and the new(er) kid on the block, the GLK.
The G-Class is a very impressive car, no matter what version you choose, from the rough and tough Professional, to the more civil, regular & diesel powered versions to the beasts of the AMG devision with their mighty V8 and V12 engines, you get a very off road capable, save and luxurious Offroader. Expensive, yes, but also rare. For me, I needed the seat to go a bit further back actually to be perfectly comfortable, but that is something that can be fixed. The seating position shows the actual age of the the cars design. Just like the Land Rover Defender is the still the same old car, no matter how they change it, the G-Class stays true to its nature and I think it is one of its most important features of the car. Not many cars are left nowadays with that much character. It drives well on the street, but you shouldn’t expect it to cheat physics, you feel its weight and form. Don’t get me wrong here, there is nothing wrong with it, and especially not when you drive within all the legal limits. The AMG version will get the gear head in you kicking that gas pedal a little harder though and that is then where you should not expect a light and nimble car. I think some might, as some big modern cars try to do so and succeed, but the not many are as big or heavy. Then, when you go off road though, the G-Class really starts to feel at home. Just fantastic and amazing what this car is capable of. 45° climbs forward and backward, water, rocks, you name it, the G-Class puts it behind with such an ease, you sit there with a big grin on your face.
The GLK on the other hand has a much more modern and subtle concept. And even though I never liked the design of the first generation, this new iteration is very likable, from its looks to how it performs on and off the street. I didn’t spend as much time with the GLK as I did with the G-Class, but it was an easy and smooth ride all the way. The only thing that I noticed negatively was the space on the back row and actually just behind my seat. I am 193cm tall, so go figure. The design inside and out is modern and Mercedes like, so most fans of the brand and SUV will be delighted, only the hardcore first gen. GLK fans might be very disappointed as it lost its “edge”.
Ok, this is not really turning into a in-depth review thingy or a full fledged car blog, so we are getting to the good stuff. well… the photos and video. Here I have to thank my partners in crime, Jochen Siegle of Techfieber.de (in english, german, russian, chinese and spanish, yip, I know 🙂 ) and Techfieber Motor, who I didn’t know before and got partnered up with by luck. Fantastic guy and very patient when I was shooting my photos and video. The second guy I need to thank is Jan Gleitsman of “Auto… geil”, who was “kind” enough(:-)) to take me along at five in the morning for a sunrise shoot with a G-Class he had especially organized. And while I am at it, thanks to the whole Mercedes Benz team for the great organization, help and everything!
OK the photos now! Make sure to check out the Video at the end of the post.
Have a great week everyone!