Ever wondered where the ‘G’ came from in all of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV nomenclature?

For almost 30 years, Mercedes-Benz’s G Class (‘G’ is short for Geländewagen, or cross-country vehicle), has been quietly yet steadfastly regarded as Stuttgart’s most formidable flagship off-roader, and its legacy has been passed down the line to every high-rider that the company builds via their nameplates.

A surge of retro-tinted popularity for the big, bluff 4x4 wagon in recent years, though, exposed the G’s more agricultural roots, not to mention its almost complete lack of basic safety measures and an inability to meet modern emission standards.

Its annual worldwide sales of around 20,000 is a drop in the metaphorical bucket in the wider Daimler empire, so surely the easiest course of action was to bid it a fond farewell.

Mercedes-Benz, however, has gone and done the exact opposite, and in the process has reinvented one of the most amazingly flexible machines not only in its category, but in the automotive world in general.