The Origin of the Professional Line.
We’re providing a close look at the history of the professional use of the G-Class, or as we call it today — the Professional Line.
The G-Class is more than just a design piece or a lifestyle object — it is also a true icon for professional or purposeful everyday use: whether it’s used as a forestry patrol vehicle, an expedition vehicle, or a rescue vehicle — every G-Class can be customised with professional special equipment.
With its professional use and the optional special equipment features available for this, the G-Class is showing a new kind of off-road character: among other things, the roof rack, spare wheel, rear ladder, protective grille for the headlights and all-terrain tyres perfectly equip the G-Class for challenges off-road and in the wilderness. Despite the fact that the G-Class was used professionally at an early stage, it did not run under the “Professional Line” designation at the beginning.
Made for all purposes
The Professional Icon.
A focus of the G-Class for professionals was established early on. In addition to professionals from various industries such as mining and gardening, for example, municipal operations, fire brigades and emergency services also rely on the versatile off-road vehicle. Each G-Class is individually manufactured for the respective application with special optional equipment so that it is equipped for every purpose.
The G-Class on the prowl
The Dawn of the Professional Era.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is ideal as a forestry vehicle — was the view of former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz-Josef Strauss, who had the 300 GD built for the first time as a G-Class for professional use with customised special equipment. In a newspaper report, Strauss praised the vehicle’s directional stability, precise power steering, all-wheel drive and five-speed gearbox. Thus the “professional” G-Class was born in 1982.
Volunteer fire brigade
Many aid organisations also opt for the off-road vehicle — such as the Tramin volunteer fire brigade in South Tyrol. There, the rare version as a short, open vehicle has been in use as a command vehicle since 1982 and has proven itself even in rough terrain. Individually equipped with blue lights and a fire brigade siren, the G-Class has supported the team through the toughest missions.
Almost 900,000 kilometres in 215 countries: that is the impressive record of globetrotter Gunther Holtorf’s Mercedes-Benz 300 GD. For 26 years he used the “Otto”, the affectionate nickname for his off-road vehicle, which was custom-built in 1988, as an expedition vehicle, travelling the world in it with his wife. Around a third of their routes lie off the beaten track. The world tour earned the series-produced off-road vehicle an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Despite the great variety of vehicle variants and possible applications, there is always one common denominator: the ability to deliver outstanding performance — everywhere and in every situation.
The New Off-Road Era.
The G-Class for professional use found its origins early on: the first add-on parts such as ladders and luggage racks were added to the G-Class individually based on customer requests. This proved to be of great benefit for professional use, which is why this special equipment was included in the later G-Classes.
Robust and reliable.
This professional, reduced-equipment utility variant of the G 280 CDI emphasises above all the robustness and reliability of the G-Class. It is made for extreme off-road use and thus meets the toughest requirements. For this reason, paint finishes and add-on parts have been dispensed with here, as they could be damaged in use. It is thus tailored for professional use and is so versatile that it is a true hero in any operation, no matter how big.
The Ideal Off-Road Companion.
With the 300 CDI, the focus was placed more on the origins of the G-Class as a commercial vehicle. Robust enough for extreme use, the icon is equipped with special extra features such as headlights without plastic surrounds, bumpers with towing drawbar, air intake grilles in the wing and huge truck rear-view mirrors. This makes it ready to take on any off-road challenge, no matter how extreme.
The name says it all.
In 2016, Mercedes-Benz upgraded the G 350 d, which is officially the first vehicle with the “Professional” designation. With a striking exterior and an optionally available Professional Off-Road package, the G 350 d Professional is made for tough off-road use and professional jobs.
When building the G-Class Professional, we left nothing to chance. After all, durability, reliability, and lasting value are qualities we are very proud of. This means that the G-Class has another off-road variant in its portfolio, which distinguishes itself from the other G-Class models with its purist design and thus serves as the ideal companion for demanding off-road use and ambitious tours off the beaten track.
An even more off-road look.
The dream car for off-road enthusiasts: Mercedes-Benz gave a first preview of the new model year of the G-Class at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 and presented the new PROFESSIONAL Line Exterior. This gives the off-road vehicle icon a particularly striking yet luxurious off-road look.
Standard features include stone guard grilles for the headlights, mud flaps at the front and rear, all-terrain tyres and 18-inch wheels in a 5-spoke design. On the showroom vehicle, numerous options, a magno paint finish and selected exterior and interior elements from the G manufaktur customisation programme further enhance the appearance. The highlights of the range of options for the PROFESSIONAL Line Exterior include the PROFFESSIONAL roof rack and the PROFESSIONAL spare wheel holder.