The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 4x4 Utility Truck (German for All Terrain Vehicle) is often referred to as the G-Class or G-Wagen. It was developed for sale to military customers as a joint effort with Mercedes-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch of Austria. The G-Wagen has evolved to meet military needs and has also been marketed as a high-end luxury vehicle.
First produced in 1979, the G-Wagen has had a proliferation of models to meet the spectrum of military requirements. It has served the German Army, where the G-Wagen is known as Wolf, and has found military customers in NATO countries, Canada, Singapore and many other nations. In the United States military, the USMC Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 290.
Canadian Army Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen G-Wagen.
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5 cyl, turbocharged and intercooled water-cooled diesel
5 speed automatic
VG080 2 speed, selectable 4wd
3300 lbs (1500 kg)
The G-Wagen has a 24v electrical system with a 28V/60A alternator. It is equipped with power steering, brakes are disc in front and drum rear, and suspension is coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers.
Table based on Canadian Army 4 passenger G-Wagen Light Utility Vehicle.
Paratroopers, 9th Royal Malay Regiment (RMR), drive a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen GD290 assault vehicle mounted with an M2 .50 caliber machine gun, from Landing Craft Air-Cushion 73, during an amphibious assault exercise, Pahang, Malaysia, 30 July 2006.
Norwegian Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 240GD trucks, Kongsberg, Norway, 8 October 2005. Photo: Harald Hansen via Wikimedia Commons.