The Mercedes-Benz G-Class being one of the most iconic ranges offered by the German manufacturer, it was surprisingly lacking in the advertising department. Fortunately, the brand’s YouTube channel solved the problem with a video featuring a series of out of the ordinary tests to prepare a potential owner for the grunt of the tap.
It’s a glorious day. Rob has bought a new G-Class spanked and is ready to pick it up. After walking through a showroom that makes it look like Batman has opened a Mercedes dealership in a free corner of his underground lair, he is greeted by a receptionist. Rather than the normal routine of nervous excitement of signing your hard earned money and then leaving, Rob is a little surprised.
“Mr. Branston, the Mercedes G-Class is capable of things you wouldn’t believe,” said the receptionist, gushing with concern.
Even since its introduction, it’s clear that this is a must-have test because the latest G-Wagen is clearly no joke. Besides the 4×4 and 6×6 bonkers versions with portal axles and 37-inch tires, even the most docile road models are eager to please. The standard G550 comes equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts).
Enter Philip, a Bond-type butler tasked with guiding Rob through drills replicating the unprecedented cutscene of the German SUV. The first involves sand and a huge fan to allow it – looking more and more like Doc from Back To The Future – to recreate what it would be like to play in the sand dunes with the windows down. Of course, he’s not a Paris-Dakar racer but like owning an expensive watch that will keep spinning at the bottom of the ocean, it’s great to know it’s possible.
The final test titled “Your Mutter” implies that you guessed it, Rob’s mother. It also features a carnival-style bull riding game with the G-Class panic grip. Fortunately, we can confirm that no mother was injured during the making of the film and she passed the test thanks to the brilliance of German engineering – and maybe a few moonlit sessions at the local rodeo.
Putting aside the marketing department and the writer’s room, it’s clear that Mercedes-Benz engineers have produced a solid SUV capable of not only tearing up road networks, but also playing in dirt and sand.