The development of the "G”

In the desert with the prototype.

The birth of a legend: in 1978, the developers of the G-Class completed extensive test drives in the Sahara with two prototypes. A truly extreme and demanding off-road terrain.

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Developers of the G-Class with two prototypes of the vehicle in the desert
Developers of the G-Class with two prototypes of the vehicle in the desert

In the desert with the prototype: in 1978, two G-Class development vehicles faced their first tests. See photos of the original “G” during test drives in the Sahara and witness the birth of the legend.

How the G-Class became an off-roader.

The sand dune towers above it like a mountain. The G-Class remains completely unimpressed. It accelerates smartly up to the top, overcoming the obstacle with ease. One year before the launch of the first G-Class, a team from Mercedes-Benz set off to thoroughly test every aspect of the off-roader in the Tunisian desert. Driver Heinrich Wangler looks back: "We really put the G-Class under the microscope, and were constantly amazed at its capabilities." This developed into a competition between the drivers and the G-Class, to see which would reach their limits first. Today it surprises nobody that the G-Class emerged the winner.

Two prototypes of the G-Class in the desert
Two prototypes of the G-Class in the desert

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