Mercedes-Benz Canada announced today that it will launch the rugged yet luxurious G500 sport utility vehicle in Canada this fall. The V8-powered G-Class is an exclusive, limited-production vehicle, and about 150 will be sold in Canada annually.
Off-Road Heritage A compact SUV that's about 10 cm longer than the popular Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility, the G-Class is handcrafted at a special manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. Called the Gelaendewagen in Europe, the G-Class is a no-compromise off-roader with a cliff-climbing, stump-pulling personality. It can climb grades up to 80 percent, and it's even stable on lateral slopes up to 54 percent! Building on the success of the M-Class, the Canadian launch of the fashionable G500 addresses a strong market trend favouring high-end luxury SUVs.
Its primary competition includes the Range Rover 4.6 HSE and Lexus LX470, while secondary competitors range from the V8 BMW X5 to the AM Hummer. G-Class buyers are likely to be people who can afford to buy a vehicle just for recreation but require that it be practical as well. They're also likely to be very self-confident and proud of their individuality. With a simple, classic design - plus many technological innovations for safety and convenience borrowed from Mercedes cars - the go-anywhere G-Class balances its proven off-road credentials with a liberal dose of sumptuous on-road comfort. Standard equipment on the gutsy G500 includes a full leather interior with burl walnut trim and a wood-leather steering wheel.
The G500 also comes with power windows, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats with memory, front and rear heated seats, cruise control, central door locks, and automatic climate control. Additionally, the new sport utility is equipped with a standard GPS navigation system featuring a large, integrated display on the centre console. The display also controls a nine-speaker audio system (including a six-disc CD changer) as well as an optional integrated Motorola Timeport phone that can be operated hands-free through the in-dash display. The phone comes with an electronic voice recognition feature that allows both the phone and the audio system to be controlled by simple voice commands. The exterior features body-coloured bumpers, rub strips, rocker panels and mirror housings as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and a stainless-steel spare tire cover mounted at the back.
Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive With On-The-Fly Low Range The G500 harnesses its power through an electronic five-speed adaptive automatic transmission with Touch Shift and a sturdy full-time four-wheel-drive system, which includes a transfer case with electronically controlled high and low ranges. Its fully synchronized low range can even be engaged on the fly, at speeds up to about 25 km per hour.
Tele Aid - Much More Than Emergency Calling Mercedes-Benz brought a new dimension to automotive safety with the 1999 debut of its Tele Aid system, which provides both convenience and emergency services at the touch of a button through a special cellular connection. For emergency help, there's an "SOS" button above the rear-view mirror that immediately establishes voice contact with response specialists who can dispatch local police or other emergency services. This also transmits precise location (through GPS tracking), car model and colour to help emergency services locate the car quickly. If a collision deploys any airbag, Tele Aid automatically establishes contact. The onboard transmitter is crash-secure and has access to redundant antennae. Mercedes-Benz was first to make emergency calling equipment like this standard. The two non-emergency uses of Tele Aid are accessed from inside the centre console. One button marked with a wrench puts the customer in contact with Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance. To answer any questions about the car, another button marked "i" connects users with our Customer Service Centre.