Americans don’t get the pleasure of having the pitbull-like short-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz G-wagen, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t appreciated it from afar for a very long time and spent a few sleepless nights dreaming about importing an early one. But our children won’t be talking about bringing in a 2012 model in 26 years when it becomes a classic, because the 2012 model won’t exist. Yes, the company is winding down production of the legend, starting with the smaller one.
The BA3 FInal Edition seems like an appropriate send-off. It’s available with either a six-cylinder turbodiesel or a honking 5.5-liter V8 producing 388 horsepower. It is unfortunate, however, that Mercedes didn’t see this as an opportunity to drop the five-door G55’s AMG motor in the short-wheelbase truck. The Final Edition does, however, include the AMG’s wheel arches and a set of five-spoke, 18-inch wheels. It also gets stainless steel running boards and a special spare wheel cover, as well as an AMG grille and a number of other nice options. Inside, the Final Edition gets the finest leather, burr walnut trim, and a bunch of chrome accent pieces. It’s far away from the G’s original trail-stomping mission, but it is an appropriate and upscale way to send a legend on its way.
Meanwhile, the Edition Select is now available for the five-door, which will remain in production for now. Only the V8 is available, and the Select gets many of the same upgrades as the Final, including the AMG appearance bits and chrome adornments. Inside, two-tone porcelain and black upholstery classes up the joint and the dashboard, door handles, parking brake, and armrest get contrast stitching. Trim is a designo black lacquer, including the steering wheel and gear selector. The car’s top-level Harmon Kardon audio comes standard, pushing 450 watts out of 12 speakers. Outside, designo white, silver, red, or black paints are thrown in free-of-charge, so long as customers are willing to pony up 6735 euros for everything else.