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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Published July 11, 2012

If a zombie apocalypse were to start today the vehicle of choice would be an Abrams M1A1 tank. Since the likelihood of finding one of those just sitting around is even is even less than the probability of the zombie apocalypse itself, the next best vehicle to snag would be the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. If Indiana Jones were blasting through the rocky terrain of the Afghan outback to escape an angry group of AK-47 wielding Taliban hungry to kill him for deflowering the tribe Chief’s daughter, he would be driving a G-Class.

As far as the G-Class is concerned it hardly so much as tweaked its styling over the past 32 years because there simply hasn’t been a reason to. Mercedes-Benz has made minor modifications over the years in incremental evolutionary steps. But beyond that the G-Class is always as distinguishable as a G-Class. There is no mistaking it.

It’s considered by many to be the best for a list of reason as long as Indiana Jones’ whip. For 2013 the G-Class is offered in two models for the North American Market. The G550 and the all new G63 AMG, which will take over from where the G55 left off. A 5.5-liter V-8 remains standard engine in the G550 producing 388 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. For the G63 Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 capable of 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The G550 and the G63 are both equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission. In keeping with G-Class tradition the standard feature of low-range four-wheel-drive is present. As well, locking switches for all three differentials are positioned prominently in the center of the dashboard. In Europe there are an additional three models available. The G350 Bluetec equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine at 211 horsepower, there is a G500 Cabriolet with the base V-8, and the impressive G65 AMG packing Mercedes-Benz’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12. That powerhouse engine produces a very impressive 612 horsepower.

Mercedes-Benz has always equipped the G-Class with the latest technology the automaker has to offer and the 2013 G-Class is no different. If you’re lucky enough to find a G-Class with the keys in it while blowing away zombies with your shotgun you’ll discover it will feature Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND multimedia interface with navigation and in-car Internet access. There’s the Blind Spot Assist enabling you to shoot over your shoulder without even having to bother to look.  Parktronic park assist will beep like a video game for every zombie you back over. And there’s Distronic Plus, the adaptive cruise control should you be driving along with a zombie slaying caravan. In addition Benz has also updated the stability control by adding a trailer stability system and a hill hold feature.

If you’d rather prepare for the event zombie apocalypse and want to buy a 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class it’s going to set you back anywhere from $107,000 to $125,000. Which is a small price to pay for the survival of your family and the human race. All this leaves me wondering when the Indiana Jones and the Taliban Zombies movie will be coming out.

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