Mercedes-Benz and its chief designer Gorden Wagener are teasing an interesting G-Class on social media. Before you over-hoped for the possibility of a backward G, it’s something different. Created in collaboration with designer and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh, Project Geländewagen is actually a work of art depicting a G-Class with a nod to the past.
The adjacent teasers reveal the AMG badges and the specific design of the front grille, but what really caught our attention was something else. Specifically, these Monoblock wheels with massive yellow “Geländewagen” labels on the sidewall of the tire, including for the spare tire at the rear. If you are not familiar with the term, it means ‘all terrain vehicle’ and represents the origins of the term G-Wagen which we have all heard of before.
Whether this is some sort of scale model or something else remains to be seen, but it looks like it will have a fully detailed interior judging by the analog dials for the speedometer and counter- turns. The former goes up to 300 km / h (186 mph), with the section between 250 km / h (155 mph) and 300 km / h (186 mph) simply marked as “fast” rather than showing figures in between . As for the tachometer, its central section seems to serve as a compass to emphasize the open-air nature of the G-Class.
Either way, the official unveiling will take place online on September 8. Mercedes says the work “will push the boundaries of each respective creative field and build a new vision of luxury, defined by the sharing of ideas and disciplines.”
If you’re more interested in actual derivatives of the G-Class, an electric version will arrive in a few years and we might also see a new top-of-the-range G73 later, according to a trademark filing. The potential flagship version could use a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and an electric motor like the upcoming AMG GT 73, putting out around 800 horsepower.
Speaking of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, it brought back the aforementioned Monoblock wheels as a 21-inch set available for $ 3,200 as an option in the US, where they are also offered in black for $ 3,700.