Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is an iconic SUV because the design language has not been changed since it was first launched. This is why it still looks like an old-school SUV and offers tons of road presence and is also now one of the most premium vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. Here we have an Indian icon, the Tata Sumo that has been modified to look like a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. The Tata Sumo is one of the oldest Multi-purpose vehicles that was sold in India and it was very popular in its era. While it was not offered with a 4×4 system it was still very capable because of its high ground clearance, ladder-frame chassis and grunty diesel engine. However, the Sumo that was sold to the army did come with a 4×4 drivetrain. The owner of the Sumo has done quite a few modifications so that the SUV can look like a G-Wagen. At first glance, the SUV doesn’t even look like the original Sumo due to which someone can mistake it for a real G-Wagon.
There is a massive AMG inspired front grille with vertical slats and Mercedes-Benz logo that is flanked by circular headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps. The bumper protrudes quite a bit and gets light strips on the side. There are also fake air intakes towards the side of the bumpers. There are two black bubbles that sit on the front sides of the bonnet to mimic the look of turn indicators of the G-Wagen.
There is also a Mercedes-Bens logo placed on the bonnet of the SUV. Coming on to the side, there are blacked-out outside rearview mirrors with turn indicators placed on them and the roof is also finished in black. It also gets a black strip that runs throughout the side profile, there are an AMG decal and a sporty decal just above the side steps.
The side steps are important as the SUV is quite high and it can be a bit difficult to get in and outside of the SUV. The SUV gets smart looking alloy wheels with Ceat tyres. At the rear, the tail lamps are backed out, there is a spare wheel mounted on the tailgate which gets a black cover with a Mercedes-Benz badge on it. All of these customizations does look attractive on the Sumo. The overall cost of the modification is not known.
Tata offered the Sumo with a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that produced 84 bhp of max power at 3,000 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque at just 1,000 rpm. The engine was offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. The claimed ARAI fuel efficiency of the engine was rated at 15.3 kmpl. When compared these engine specs are nothing to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. The base variant of the G-Wagon is the 350d which is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine that produces 281 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 600 Nm. It comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen 350d costs a whopping Rs. 1.62 Crores ex-showroom.