For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets an updated interior, including heated and ventilated front seats, multi-contour front-passenger seat and audio head unit. A four-door, five-passenger luxury SUV, the G-Class adds to its lineup a 382-hp G550 and a 500-hp G55, as well as a 30th anniversary edition. The G500 is powered by a 5.0L V8 engine that pumps out 292 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque, while the Mercedes G55 AMG is propelled by a supercharged 5.5L V8 engine packing 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The G500 comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the G55 AMG is equipped with a five-speed automatic. Standard is four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case controlled by a console-mounted switch. A capable off-road vehicle, the G Class is also able to tow 7,000 pounds. Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability control, antilock brakes, full-length side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors. Even with all of its power, the G-Class is surprisingly quiet on the highway.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class undergoes minor changes. The G500 is replaced by a more powerful G550. The G55 AMG is also more powerful, now producing an impressive 500 horsepower. Both models get a refreshed look with a new 3-fin grille and light-alloy wheel design. Also, new for 2009, the Mercedes-Benz COMAND system integrates more high-tech features like: hard drive based navigation with search and send technology, MP3 and wireless Bluetooth capability as well as an in-dash SD memory card reader and HD radio.
Impressive off-road aptitude; military-burly, yet luxurious; spacious interior.
The 2009 G-Class is Mercedes-Benz' largest SUV, with 124 cubic feet of interior passenger space and 45 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The standard 5.5L V8 and available AMG-built supercharged 5.5L V8 engines endow the G-Class with an impressive 7,000-pound towing capacity, and also make the G-Wagen the most powerful SUV in the Mercedes-Benz stable. The G-Class upholds the Mercedes-Benz reputation of unmatched luxury, but it is also sturdy and capable enough to be a rugged off-road machine. Its military heritage and high build quality means it has a pedigree few of its luxury-oriented peers can compete with.