Milestones of development.

For the biggest challenges – right from the start.

An impressive history: since 1979, the G-Class has stood for unmistakable off-road capability and operational safety. The base vehicles have been continuously developed over the years – know-how from the series production of the G-Class for the civilian market also flows continuously into the design and technology of the vehicles for the state and authorities.

The G-Class combines tradition and innovation, and its 40-year history is a very eventful one. In addition to continuous model maintenance and further development, Mercedes-Benz has always opened new chapters in terms of performance and capability with new model series of the G over the course of time.

Commitment and expertise that has taken the off-roader from the Puch G to today's BR464 – and will certainly take it much further.


The success story of the G-Class at a glance.


Start of cooperation between Daimler-Benz AG and Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG. The common aim: development of a vehicle that sets standards on and off the road in challenging conditions – for commercial and state customers and for private individuals.

1979 – the model series 460

Presentation of the G-Model from model series 460, which is manufactured completely by hand at the Graz plant. The off-road vehicle is based on a solid ladder-type frame with coil-sprung rigid axles and is available with two wheelbases and five different body variants.



Delivery to the German riot police and the Federal Border Guard (long-wheelbase 280 GE and short-wheelbase 230 G).


Launch of the 230 GE and winning of the Swiss Army tender.

1982, the Mercedes 230 GE
In action for the Passau voluntary fire department – the Mercedes-Benz 230 G.
1982, the Mercedes 230 GE


Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur win the passenger-car category of the "Paris-Dakar" Rally in a 280 GE.


The entire model series 460 is given two differential locks as standard.


W460 becomes W461 (230 GE and 290 GD).

1992 – the model series 461

The model series 461 is introduced.

Learn more about technical specifications and models of the model series 461

The German Federal Army receives 12,500 vehicles of the "Wolf" model.


The 290 GD (model series 461) with a precombustion chamber naturally aspirated engine is replaced by the 290 GD Turbodiesel with direct injection and is available with a driver's airbag. The 120 hp 5-cylinder turbodiesel is exclusively available with automatic transmission.


Launch of the 270 CDI with very efficient common-rail diesel engine.


The German Federal Army updates its fleet with the long-wheelbase W461 Station G 270 CDI "Greenliner" and with the G 300 "Greenliner".


As part of a tender for Australia the product range of model series 461 is extended to include a 6x6 – a variant which is not available thus far in the official and state sector.


With the series 464, Mercedes-Benz presents the new G-Class for Rescue and Special Operations at the world premiere in the G-Class Experience Center in Graz.