2013 Mercedes G Class Options
In this article we’ll tackle 2013 Mercedes G Class options and we’ll learn that when it comes to the Mercedes G wagen, there are precious few options available. They come pretty well loaded with interior and exterior colors (and materials) and wheels as the only options a buyer can choose.
As most everyone knows, the G Wagen was conceived by Mercedes-Benz for military purposes, not civilian ones, but eventually, Mercedes added the G wagen to their regular vehicle offerings. Not offered through the official MBUSA dealer network until the 2002 model year, all G wagens imported before then are considered ‘grey market’ cars. Most G wagens imported prior to 2002 were imported by Europa International of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seeing a market for an exclusive, upscale SUV, and this was way back in the 1980s, they specialized in the import of G wagens through the 80s and 90s. Eventually, Europa was selling enough G wagens to make MBUSA complain to Mercedes in Germany. Eventually Mercedes made the move to officially manufacture and distribute G wagens for U.S. dealers in the early 2002s. Europa still exists today, specializing in mostly ‘vintage’ G wagens, still in Santa Fe. G wagens have always been produced at the Steyr Daimler Puch factory in Graz, Austria.
The G wagen’s exterior appearance has changed very little over the years, from the late 70s through the 90s and well into the 2000s. While the interior was steadily upgraded, from a spartan military truck with rubber floors and vinyl seats, it eventually became almost an “off-road S class” of sorts. The 2013 model saw the first real ‘facelift’ for the G wagen… and even the treatment it got for 2013 was fairly tame. Exterior updates in 2013 consisted of LED daytime Running Lights, positioned under the headlamps, new exterior mirrors and a couple of new wheel choices. Even the official Mercedes dealer brochure recognized this fact with the headline “Refined. Renewed. And Radically Unchanged” Mercedes seems to revel in the fact that the G wagen is, still, largely unchanged, in concept, as the original back in the 1970s.
No Real Options on the G Wagen
G wagens are pretty much built one way in terms of options, ‘fully loaded’. Standard features in 2013 included PARKTRONIC (front and rear), Blind Spot Assist and Distronic Plus.
Inside, the G Wagen came standard with a new instrument cluster with color screen, a New COMAND unit with telematics generation NGT4.5, the Command Controller (introduced in the S class in 2007, then installed in all new Mercedes), a new dual zone climate control system, new center console and a new 4 spoke steering wheel design.
The only options a buyer could specify were interior trim and upholstery options and exterior color choices. So, G wagens can only be differentiated by colors and trim, inside and out. Of course there were two engines to choose from, the G 550 and the G 63 AMG. 2013 was the first year for the G 63 AMG. There was no AMG G wagen available in 2012, but in the years leading up to 2012, the G 55 AMG was offered.
Mercedes Market doesn’t cover basic vehicle specifications (dimensions, horsepower, etc) in our ‘Options Explained’ series, that information can be found lots of different place. We stick to options, things you could choose when building out a car when new.
Exterior Color Options for the 2013 G Wagen – G 550 and G 63 AMG
G wagens were available in 12 standard colors. Unlike most Mercedes vehicles, there was no additional charge for metallic paint on a G wagen, on either the G 550 or G 63 AMG. There were an additional 8 special designo colors to choose from, those did cost extra, as displayed below.
12 standard colors to choose from for the 2013 G wagen, no up-charge for metallics.
6 Standard designo colors, separated into two categories: Mystic and Metallic. Additional cost: $2,300.
2 special designo ‘Magno’ colors. Additional cost: $3,950.
Interior Color Options for the 2013 G Wagen – G 550 and G 63 AMG
Three standard leather interior colors were available for the 2013 G 550, Black, Chestnut w/ black and Grey with Black”
Eight designo Premium Leather interior options were available in 2013. These are standard, no cost options for G 63 AMG models, these designo interiors were available for the G 550 for an additional charge of $1,950.
The PA6 Package (or PA6pkg) “designo Exclusive Leather Package” was an interior package available for the G 63 only for an additional $4,950 per unit. It included designo leather with Diamond patter, upper and lower part of dashboard in designo black nappa leather and choice of designo leather colors as seen in the photo above: designo Black, Light Brown, Porcelain, Sand or Titan Grey.
Interior Trim Material / Color Options for the 2013 G Wagen – G 550 and G 63 AMG
Burl Walnut wood was the sole, standard interior trim material / color for the 2013 G 550. designo trim was an additional cost option on the G 550. A G 63 could be equipped with Burl Walnut or any of the designo trims without incurring an additional charge, EXCEPT the designo carbon fiber option. designo carbon fiber was an additional cost option for the G 550 and G 63 AMG.
Wheel Options for the 2013 G Wagen – G 550 and G 63 AMG
Number one above was the standard 18″ wheel for G 550 models. Number 2 was the ‘new for 2013’ 20 inch wheel that came standard on G 63 AMG models. Number 3 was an optional 20 inch wheel style for the G 63 only. Both number 2 and 3 were new wheel designs for the 2013 model year. Number one was a hold over from 2011.
With so many exterior and interior color options and so many possible configurations, it’s hard to find to find two 2013 G wagens equipped in exactly the same way. Hopefully this guide will help you navigate and understand the various combinations of colors and options of G wagens on the used car market today.