If you want a real-deal SUV that could tear up your neighbor’s back yard better than a dozen dirt bikes — not some girly-man thing with a marshmallow ride and all-season tires whose “4x4” system is more for talking points than any kind of serious off-road use — but you just can’t abide the idea of piloting something garish and commonplace like a HUMMER, there’s another, more interesting choice: the Mercedes-Benz Gelaendewagen.
Not many people even know what a Gelaendewagen (loosely,
that’s German for “cross-country vehicle”) is, or have even seen one on the
road. Though it’s been around since the late 1970s, Mercedes has only been
selling them in the
You want military levels of capability? How about
permanent four-wheel-drive with a fully synchronized high and low range transfer
case that lets you shift from four-wheel Low range to four-wheel High (and back)
while you’re still moving, with no need to stop the vehicle and go through the
drill of shifting to neutral, putting on the parking brake and all that jazz?
Thanks to this feature, the G-wagen can bully its way through varying terrain
without losing momentum, making it all but unstoppable even in foot-deep mud or
How about electric locking front, center, and rear differentials? Lock ’em all and engine power is distributed equally to all four wheels, exactly 25 percent at each corner, giving it the grunt to pull you through