G-Class (Geländewagen) - the legendary German SUV, which gave the name to a whole class of modern cars. Here in Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen parts catalogue you can be sure to find every part you need. This online catalogue contains spare parts to all the Mercedes-Benz Cross-country vehicle models divided according to the models of the vehicle. Just open the catalogue, choose the needed part and find the complete information about it.
Gelendvagen, just as G-Wagen, a cube - all-wheel drive full-size off-road vehicle, sold under the brand of Mercedes-Benz, the ancestor of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class family. Used by the armies of sixty-three countries, it is the official Popemobile for the transport of His Holiness Pope. Not every very rich person can afford it, its appearance in the entire history of production has hardly changed, it is still almost entirely assembled by hand, his off-road performance is unprecedented for a car, and the developers intentionally do not try to reduce the sound of its running engine not for a single decibel. He is excessive in everything - too big, too pretentious, too expensive. He is a legend.
The history of the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen began long before the start of mass production. In 1975, the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was at that time one of the main shareholders of the Mercedes-Benz concern, signed a contract to create a batch of new all-terrain vehicles adapted for civilian use. The management of Mercedes-Benz offered cooperation to Steyr-Daimler-Puch, which at that time had a successful experience in construction of all-wheel drive vehicles designed specifically for the police and military vehicle equipment.
In February 1977, Steyr-Daimler-Puch and Daimler-Benz register a new joint venture Geländefahrzeug-Gesellschaft (GFG). Under the terms of the contract, the main production was supposed to be at the Puch plant in Graz. The transmission, steering, large body parts, manufactured in Germany. The transfer case for Gelandewagen and small parts assembled in Austrian factories. Under the terms of the agreement, 10% of the assembled all-terrain vehicles were marketed under the Puch G brand, with the sales market limited to Austria, Switzerland and several countries in Eastern Europe. The remaining 90% produced by Mercedes Gelendvagen were sold under the brand Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
In 1978, despite careful conspiracy and preventive security measures, representatives of Peugeot-Citroen approached the Mercedes-Benz concern. PSA executives offered Mercedes-Benz to sell the license for the production of an experienced all-wheel drive SUV.
By the beginning of 1979, the Gelendvagen was ready for full-scale serial assembly. From 5 to 10 February 1979, the first official public presentation of the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen G-Class took place not far from Marseille at the Le Castellet test area. The public was shown four variants of the Mercedes G-Class in body versions with two and four doors and an open body on a short base, plus a van with a short and long base, as well as a special version adapted to the needs of the security forces. The lineup of power units offered four engines - two diesel engines and two gasoline engines with four and six cylinders with a capacity in the range from 72 to 150 horsepower.
Nothing foretold troubles, but the Islamic revolution happened in Iran. The government, which came to power led by the great Ayatollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Moosavi Khomeini, canceled all previous agreements including the order for 20,000 four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle for the needs of the Iranian army. The leadership of Mercedes-Benz turned to their native warriors, but neither the German government nor the Austrian government no one wanted to acquire a new all-terrain vehicle.
At this moment, the French proposal was at an opportune moment. PSA bought a license for the production of a new Austrian-German all-terrain vehicle, but with the condition of making fundamental changes to the exterior and some elements of the design. As a result, the French SUV Peugeot P4 with large squares of front optics, interior trim from one of the Peugeot trucks, a French gearbox and two engines - petrol and diesel. Unlike Gelendvagen, in the French licensed version of the all-terrain vehicle, they abandoned the locking function of the front differential.
Impressed with the results of the field tests, small lots of Mercedes Gelandewagen ordered by the Ministry of Defense of Norway and Argentina. After the conclusion of the Mercedes-Benz deal with the army officials of foreign countries, the native government came round and offered the concern a contract for the production of a pilot batch of specially equipped Mercedes-Benz G for border troops. Since 1994, the special version of the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen Wolf with a five-cylinder 120-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine of 2874 cm3, a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 24-volt electrical circuit conforming to NATO standards, has firmly established itself in the army units of the Bundeswehr.TO BE CONTINUED...