Mercedes-Benz further bolstered its strong SUV portfolio by adding the power of diesel to its iconic, unrivalled legend– The G-Class. The G-Class is a cult performance off-roader, which has set high benchmark for many vehicles. With the introduction of the new G 350 d, the off-roader becomes the most efficient “G” ever. Mercedes-Benz India launched the new Mercedes-Benz G 350 d in India. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about the all new Mercedes Benz G 350d.
1. Unmistakable Character
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, now as then, and to give the G-Class its unique appearance. All these are still found in the new G-Class: the distinctive door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights. Extraordinary features like these in concert with the off-roader’s angular lines define its special look. The front section is characterised by the striking radiator grille in a three-louvre design with painted inlays and a large, central Mercedes star, steep A-pillars and a flat windscreen. Clear lines and large surfaces characterise the side view.
The classic, short overhangs emphasise the balanced proportions of the off-roader. The side skirts, beltline and drainage strip take a parallel course. The side rub strip, which is semi-integrated like the tail lights, is just as functional and horizontal at the height of the door handles.Thanks to its wide track, a slightly trapezoidal rear window and prominent wheel arch linings, the G-Class appears very four-square when viewed from the rear. The rear fog lamp is integrated into the LED tail light. A large door hinged on the left carries the spare wheel and gives access to the luggage or cargo area.
As a distinctive feature, the designers retained the external hinges on the rear door and all other doors. The reversing camera is now positioned below the spare wheel, so that the driver has a clear view to the rear and can manoeuvre with millimetric precision. Unusual detail: for maximum reliability, the camera is waterproofed and therefore also protected against soiling; owing to the 100-millimetre increase in the fording depth of the new G-Class to 700 mm, it may be below the waterline in extreme cases.
2. Extreme Off-roader
The Mercedes Benz G 350d comes with enhanced agility and traction: 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The new transfer case is flange-mounted directly to the 9G-TRONIC. It is designed to send 40 percent of the drive torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. This configuration particularly benefits the handling characteristics on the road. The permanent all-wheel drive ensures maximum traction. The “G”, being the “G”, always has more in store. The low-range off-road reduction gear considerably increases torque at the drive wheels, which makes very difficult terrain negotiable. The primary goal of development was to redefine the quality of the handling both on and off the road.
This goal has been achieved: the new G-Class performs even better off-road, while on the road it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The G thus remains a true G – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction. Equipped in this way and with a ground clearance of 270 mm to the front axle gear, the G-Class provides plenty of potential for maximum assertiveness and driving pleasure in off-road terrain.
3. Stronger Than Time
The Mercedes Benz G-Class is one of the top model among luxury off-road vehicles in the Indian market today. It is not the only passenger car model series with the longest production run in the history of Mercedes-Benz, but also the forefather of all SUVs bearing the three-pointed star. A torsional rigid ladder-type frame of high-strength steel and a mounted body of composite construction provides the basis for the enormous off-road capabilities of the new G 350 d. This design is considerably more robust and suitable for off-road operations than a uni-body construction. The body shell consists of various grades of steel while the wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium. The new G 350 d had scored 5 star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash test.
4. Unlimited Customization
Mercedes Benz G 350 d with unlimited customization options with ‘G manufaktur’ is aimed at lifestyle aficionados who want a highly personalized vehicle. Over a million possible combinations of G-Class can be created by combining the series and G maufaktur options, resulting in a G-Class, which could be the only one of its kind. The G-Class’ individuality is reflected in the G manufaktur philosophy. The G manufaktur uses only the finest materials: care, craftsmanship and time. The design gene is particularly prominent in the DNA of the G-Class. Equipment varies exclusively for the new G-Class, in which everything is perfectly matched and tailored to the highest level.
Over a million possible combinations of the G-Class can be created by combining the series and G maufaktur options. The G 350 d comes with special NAPPA LEATHER, Be it the exterior or interior, many details of the new G-Class are hand-crafted. A total of at least 100 hours is required to build the Mercedes Benz G-Class. Experienced artisans pay attention to every detail when making the seats. The result is highly exclusive collector’s items fashioned by the hands of craft masters.
5. Enhanced Agility
The Mercedes Benz G 350 d is powered by the new Euro 6d-TEMP standard compliant 2925 cc In-line 6 Cylinder Engine which churns out 286 hp at 3200 rpm and peak torque at 2500 rpm. The INLINE 6 Cylinder Engine is mated with a 9G-TRONIC Transmission. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission in the G 350 d has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The Mercedes Benz G350 gets a 4MATIC all-wheel drive rear-biased torque distribution of 40:60 drive system. The Mercedes Benz G 350 d accelerates from 0 – 100 km/hr in just 7.4 seconds. 199 km/hr is the top speed.
6. Most Efficient G Wagon
The Mercedes Benz G 350 d is priced at Rs.1.5 crores (ex-showroom, PAN India). The G 350 d comes with Phase 2 of Mercedes me connect. Customers can also purchase STAR EASE service package for G 350 d at Rs.79,500 for a period of 2 years. The Mercedes Benz G Class will compete with upcoming India-bound Land Rover Defender. The G350 d is the most affordable and reliable G-Class variant from the Mercedes Benz India.