RE: New G-Class Lost it Tough Look - it is the compulstion to repeat what is not accepted.
A while back, in Dutch's supersized reply and editorial page, there was listed a quote that spoke to the issue of humans who fail to comprehend history - tend to repeat it. History that is usually "bad" and traumatic, or filled with Angst tends to be pushed from consciousness to rise again later. The Gwagen has never been fully accepted by DB, and represents something to be fogotten by many wtihin the company - i.e. a source of angst and torment to be driven underground.
Repeating a history of mistakes is known as the compulsion to repeat the painful parts of history, personal or corporate. I publish a professional journal dedicated to the notion that disliked, painful, and trauma events are prone to first denial and avoidance, but then give rise to obligatory (compulsion) desires of repetition and re-enactment, usually with less than salutary consequencies. Large corporations like DB, I mean DC, are just as much subject to the same patterns of human conduct as are individuals who struggle with unaccepted, unprocessed, undigested, and unrecognized mistakes, failures, and general episodes of error.
The errors committed in the process of rejecting an evolutionary design change in the G, as with most MB autos, is realy a reflection of this denial of the value of the G product, its history, as well as the interest and desire of the public who are vested in this product.
It is part of the human condition to follow one preceived error with an even bigger real error, and I suspect, those of us "true" Gwagen onwners/appreciators will simply have to come to terms with this fact. DC will make more mistakes before getting this whole thing ironed out.
The second part of this formula of denial and compulsion is usually not witnessed immediately, but today as I was looking at the Detroit Auto Show offerings, I noticed that Jeep (one of DC's products) is offering a Wrangler sized pickup which appears to have been given mantel of the old Gwagen, to carry into the marketplace, where mass production methods, cost control measures, market niche, and all of the other factors that create profitability, are very likely part of this choice. On the other hand, this Jeep product is not yet ready for prime time, and may there may still be a failure on the part of DC to actually offer this vehicle. The new compulsive failure would be not to offer something, but an associated failure has already occurred, that is, to deny the Mercedes linage. This mistake springs from the early rejection of the G in the first place, as a "true" reflecting the corporate image. Truly, something spiritual about Mercedes-Benz, from G-3, G-4, G-5, to Gwagen, is being lost in the process. I doubt anyone will give much notice by 2007, but I feel a great opportunity to carry on a tradition is being lost. Shame!