G-Class, G-Wagen, Geländenwagen, call it what you like, there's been a version of Merc's most utilitarian SUV around since the 1970s. Bizarrely the original thought for the car came from none-other than the Shah of Iran, who had a major shareholding in the company at the time, as it was originally a military vehicle. But, as with all these things, a civilian version followed shortly after and an icon was born. Normally at this stage, if we were talking about a car that's been in production since 1979, we'd have to skip a few historical steps in order to fit this intro under 1,000 words, but the G proved to be such a success that between 1979 and 2018, other than the odd facelift, there's only really been two versions of this monstrous 4x4. There was the original 1979 version, and an update in 1990. That's it. It has taken nearly 40 years for Mercedes to get onto the second generation of G-Class. That's what we drive today, and it arrived to a raised eyebrow last year looking... exactly the same.