|magna steyr 210.282 ||12-02-2012 07:24 AM |
I'm a big fan of the G and an enthusiast of the Toyota Landcruiser. The trends in the market started to chip away at the Landcruiser in the late 90's. They put less than ideal V8 motors in a perfect vehicle because soccer moms, and their husbands wanted to have a v8 badge on their cars. Then they introduced independent front suspension because the soccer moms wanted a smoother ride. They could have just offered them a different SUV but instead they destroyed the landcruiser and turned it into the soccer mom car.
It would be a shame if Mercedes did the same but it wouldn't surprise me. They have gone from a company that made good cars and stood behind them to a shareholder driven corporation that cares less about cars and more about the bottom line. Some of the cars they produce today are less of a vehicle than it's japanese competition and that's just plain sad.
It would be a tragedy if they discontinued the G wagon because of cost and offered this monstrosity. The tragedy would be very similar to Toyota when the introduced the FJ cruiser. The FJ is the biggest piece of dung in the Toyota SUV lineup. Sadly, you are now better off buying a Forerunner than a real Landcruiser. The new landcruiser is a nice soccer mom luxury SUV that would get schooled by a subaru wagon as soon as it got off the pavement. Really sad. People think that the FJ is a landcruiser. HA! It's a look at me truck. Might be dependable but you sure as hell can't run it on trails around here.
Mercedes, please don't turn the G wagon into a FJ cruiser. You would loose as many highline customers as Porsche did when they went liquid cooled.