Around 200 G-Class factory pick-ups will initially only be available to customers from Germany, in Graz, Austria, between 17 April and 16 November 2023.
At this 1.5-day event, up to two people experience an individual driving experience, as well as a factory tour - and as a highlight the handover of their own G-Class. Last year, a handful of customers were allowed to test the event in the pilot phase. We interviewed one of these clients exclusively for the Private Lounge.
Dear Mr. Meier, as one of the first G-Class customers, you were able to pick up your new off-road icon directly at its birthplace in Graz. What were your highlights during the one-and-a-half-day event and what do you remember in particular?
My personal highlight were the people at the G-Class Experience Center, who made this day a special experience. The friendly welcome and passion for the product are particularly memorable - this is also what makes the product so extraordinary.
Hand on heart: How does it feel to sit behind the wheel for the first time and drive up the G Rock on different surfaces and with up to 80% gradient? How did you feel about the support provided by your personal instructor?
So one thing is for sure, going straight ahead with 180 miles per hour definitely costs less effort than standing on a steep slope and simply taking your foot off the brake according to the instructor's instructions. At first you think that the three tons must rush down the slope unchecked. But our personal instructor explained everything incredibly well and above all calmly. It was noticeable that he has a very good technical background. So we were able to quickly build trust and fully engage with the experience.
Did you have a favorite station you drove through at the G-Class Experience Center?
Clearly the drive through the forest and the wading basin - this probably corresponds most closely to the natural terrain of the G-Class and you can tell that the "G" feels particularly comfortable there. Sometimes, when I pass a piece of forest, I have the feeling that the "G" is really pulled into the terrain.
To crown the eventful day, you were finally allowed to receive your vehicle. How did you feel when the curtain of the glass cube opened and you could finally marvel at your new "G"?
It was like a James Bond movie. After your action-packed driving experience, you will cross the old air base again and then the big highlight of the day: Finally you see your new G-Class. Of course, you know how you configured your car, but it's still a very special moment.
How did you like Graz, the G-Class dinner and the hotel accommodation?
Coming from northern Germany, we love the Alps and the contrast to the sea. Wrongly, Graz has never been on the agenda before our factory pick-up. Great city, great place and insane delicious food. The G-Class factory delivery is an absolutely successful overall package.