No other car model series from Mercedes-Benz has been in production without major changes anywhere near as long as the G-Class. The forefather of all star-brand sport utility vehicles has to demonstrate its athleticism on Schöckl Mountain near Graz, Austria. Not until it has achieved this feat is it officially declared “Schöckl approved” and can go into series production.
Although the 1,445-meter mountain just outside Graz may seem inconspicuous, it is much tougher than it looks. This nature test track is located practically outside the plant gates of the all-wheel-drive specialist Magna Steyr, which has been manufacturing the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz for the past four decades. The Schöckl route is considered one of the biggest challenges for man and technology in the off-road sector.