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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Large SUV

After WWI, Germany was denied to develop military vehicles, but some researches could still be made, and such was the situation with the Mercedes-Benz G1.

At the beginning of the '20s, there was a high demand for trucks of all sizes. Mercedes-Benz started researching for a new vehicle, able to cope with off-road and uneven terrain. It was the first step toward a vehicle that was suitable for the trucking companies and the army as well.

There were allegedly seven Mercedes-Benz G1 vehicle built by the German carmaker. It was more of a study to find out if that kind of vehicle would be suitable for off-road use. In the '20s, the Autobahn network didn't exist yet and most of Germany's roads were unpaved. The vehicle featured a high ground clearance, two axles in the rear equipped with twin wheels. It was a very good base for a truck.

The prototypes were designed to carry up to six passengers, although the twin rear-wheels might suggest the ability to carry heavier bodyworks (i.e. armored). It was used in some military exercises. Soon after, the concept vehicles were taken back and the carmaker started a new development, for a better vehicle, the G4. The G1 never went into production.

It featured a simple layout with an inline-six engine that offered just 50 hp. Its on-road performance was limited due to the tires performance.

MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) 1926 - 1928 4 Photos
MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) (1926 - 1928)MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) (1926 - 1928)MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) (1926 - 1928)MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) (1926 - 1928)
MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) 1926 - 1928
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.1

MERCEDES BENZ G1 (W103) 3.1

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.1
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3079 cm3
Power
37 KW @ 3000 RPM
50 HP @ 3000 RPM
50 BHP @ 3000 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 1320 RPM
151 Nm @ 1320 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
37 mph (60 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
775 X 145
DIMENSIONS
Length
185 in (4699 mm)
Width
80.3 in (2040 mm)
Height
82.7 in (2101 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/63/63 in (1,600/1,600 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Gross Weight Limit
7055 lbs (3200 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
9.8 mpg US (24 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
571 g/km
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