Call it a G-Class, G-Wagen, or simply a G, the boxy off-roader is a status symbol and one of the most ostentatious SUVs out there. German tuner Hofele Design decided to infuse more of that look-at-me vibe into the brick-shaped vehicle by giving it rear suicide doors. Much like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the short-lived Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition, the rear doors are now hinged at the back.
Fan or not of the new door layout, you have to admit Hofele did one heck of a job maintaining the OEM look. It used the same door handles and they’re perfectly in line with those of the front doors, thus preserving the factory appearance as much as possible. You’d be excused for believing this is how the G-Class rolled off from the factory line in Graz, Austria where the SUV is built by Magna Steyr.
Gallery: Hofele Ultimate HG (Mercedes G-Klasse)
As it’s generally the case with suicide / coach doors, chances are getting in and out of the vehicle is much easier now, especially since the G-Class’ rear doors are not exactly large. The rear doors appear to have a 90-degree opening angle and they’re accompanied by electrically deployable side steps, providing access to a lavish interior with two individual rear seats flanking a centre console.
Hofele’s G-Class rides on turbine-styled forged alloy wheels measuring 23 inches while the body adopts a Maybach-esque two-tone look combining the Range Rover’s Carpathian Grey with Rolls-Royce’s Crystal Black. Speaking of Daimler’s ultra-luxury brand, the front grille now has multiple vertical slats in the same vein as the GLS carrying the double M logo.
Inside, Nappa leather and Alcantara in two shades of grey cover most of the surfaces, and the tuner even worked on the cargo area by using piano black lacquer and an aluminium trim. The massaging rear seats are also heated and ventilated, not to mention adjustable in multiple ways to guarantee the perfect seating position. All of the functions are accessible by using a touchscreen mounted in the centre console where there’s also a wireless charging pad.
Hofele doesn’t specify how much you’ll have to pay for the customisations, but considering the attention to detail and the extra features, it’s safe to say the package doesn’t come cheap.