The silly twin-turbo V8 is gone for good.
Mercedes-AMG has had great success with the G63, especially in LA. If you stood in the center of Hollywood Boulevard and threw a brick, you'd hit at least three G63s and one tourist posing with fake Spider-Man.
The G63 is the most stunning G-Class but not the best interpretation of the original. It used to be a hardcore military off-roader, and Mercedes-Benz is returning to its roots with the recently introduced G-Class Professional Line Exterior. Take one look at this beast, and you know that it's meant to go far off the beaten path.
Instead of the 22-inch alloys, side exhausts, and silly chrome accents, the Professional gets a host of exterior features more suited to off-roading. These include stone guard grilles for the headlights, front and rear mudflaps, and 18-inch alloys with chunkier tires.
The vehicle you see here has been through the G manufaktur customization process, which will also be open to customers. It's wearing a Copper Orange Magno hue, in case you were wondering.
In addition to the basic features mentioned earlier, it also comes with a roof rack and a Professional spare wheel holder. Both are finished in matte black, contrasting nicely with the orange exterior. The roof rack also allows you to mount several adventure-related accessories, like a tent.
Unlike the previous stripped-out hardcore version of the G-Class, which came with manual windows in the front, the Professional still retains lots of luxury and convenience features. It boasts the same standard features list as other G-Class models, which received a facelift in 2021. The interior will be available in three themes: Standard, Exclusive, and Superior. Rear seat entertainment and a 64-color ambient lighting system are also available on the options list.
Unfortunately, the G-Class Professional Line will likely not be offered in the USA. As we now know, the entire G-Class range has been dropped from the Mercedes-Benz range for 2022. Apart from the ultra-exclusive Mercedes-Maybach products, the beloved 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has been dropped from the entire range. This is due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage and Mercedes making changes in the supply chain to compensate.
This means the Professional will only be available as a 350d, which is highly unlikely to be introduced locally. This is particularly sad when you consider the G-Class recently achieved an impressive milestone in its life. In December 2020, Mercedes officially reached 400,000 units produced since its launch in 1979.