Few cars are as flashy as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or G-Wagen if you prefer. The characteristic shape and the shift from utilitarian off-roader to boulevard cruiser ensure that. But the German custom company Hoefele Design managed to make the G-Class more flashy with the addition of “coach” or “suicide” rear doors.
It’s called the Ultimate HG, and like the low-volume Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition, it swaps the hinge and handle layout of the rear doors. The company has done a great job of making the conversion look factory-set. The same type of door handles have been used and these match nicely with the front handles and chrome trim. We hope that the doors close with the same strength as the factory doors. We also suspect that access to the rear seats has really improved with these doors, as occupants don’t have to leave the wheel arch and the doors seem to open almost 90 degrees.
Hoefele certainly didn’t stop at the doors, as you probably noticed. The Ultimate HG has gigantic 23-inch turbine-like wheels that keep you from driving further off-road than your estate’s unpaved driveway. It gets a custom front bumper and grille reminiscent of the latest Mercedes-Maybach models, as well as LED daytime running lights on the roof reminiscent of AMG off-road G-Wagons. Then, of course, there are the two-tone paint and electric running boards.
The interior is just as opulent as the exterior. The highlights are the heated, cooled, massaging and adjustable rear seat. They are separated by a bespoke center console with touchscreen and wireless charging for phones. The entire interior is finished with leather and Alcantara. Even the cargo area draws attention with a piano black lacquer floor with aluminum accents.
No price or availability data was given on the Ultimate HG. We suspect it’s a classic case of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”. But if you can afford it, it’s probably just a matter of contacting Hoefele to start the purchase and build process.