Mercedes-Benz releases new G-Class variant: the G350 d Professional

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 5, 2016

Mercedes-Benz discloses that it has enhanced the celebrated G‑Class line-up and the result is the new G350 d Professional. Having a striking exterior and coupled with the Professional Off-Road package, albeit optional, it makes this new offering from the brand perfectly suitable not only for professional applications but also for off-road use.

When compared to the previous model, this highly purist version delivers a functional interior and offers a more luxurious ride comfort. Being a part of the brand’s G-Class, it is equipped with technological updates for its communication, navigation, and infotainment systems. There are other options being offered for the exterior and interior with the aim of improving comfort and individuality.

The first G-Class model made its official debut back in 1979 and was created to be a cross-country purpose-built vehicle. Over time it was developed to include luxury while remaining to be an all-rounder. With the current design and the enhancements done on the equipped technology, the brand expects that it will not only make the "G" attract the interior of its loyal fan base around the world, it also makes it suitable for the future. At present, the line-up includes models like the all-rounder equipped with the V6 diesel engine and Mercedes-AMG’s range-topping V12 model. By releasing the G350 d Professional, the brand again will have in its portfolio a cross-country vehicle that stands out from the other models in the same line due to having a more pronounced purist design. It also makes it the perfect vehicle for off-road driving or other off-the-mainstream and adventure-type travels.

As expected from a G-Class model, it will have three 100% differential locks, all of which can be selected electrically. It will also feature the permanent all-wheel drive that comes with the off-road ratio. Of course, there is the durable and ladder-type frame body. The V6 diesel engine that powers the G350 d Professional delivers output at 180 kW (245 hp) with a displacement of 2,987 cc, resulting in amazing traction. While this amount of output is 33% higher than that of the G 300 CDI Professional, its NEDC fuel consumption is lower by 15.4% at 9.9 liters for every 100 kilometers. This translates to CO2 emissions of about 261 g/km. When paired with the automatic 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission, this adds in a mix of modern efficiency and excellent ride comfort. In terms of design, it is easy to see that this G350 d Professional is more than an off-roader as it gives the impression that it can hurdle any obstacles it faces. Highlighting the purist design is the radiator grille in matt black and the light-alloy 5-spoke wheels that also come in black. To make sure that traction is more than perfect, the all-terrain tyres are sized 265/70 R 16. This also makes it better especially for those harsh off-roads. Though based mainly on the G350 d model, this Professional variant outperforms the former when it comes to the different features.

No matter what the terrain is, the G350 d Professional is able to perform since its suspension has been improved, giving it extra ground clearance of 10 mm, now at 245 mm instead of the 235 mm. While the G350 d has an angle of approach/departure coming in at 30/30 degrees, the Professional has 36/39 degrees, meaning mobility is guaranteed even under the most extreme of conditions. With a payload going as high as 592 kilograms, it makes it ideal for any transporting task required from it.

Towing is just as simple given the maximum 3,200 kilograms of towing capacity. The interior is another area where the G350 d Professional is different when compared to the G 300 CDI Professional, and this is mainly because of the modern dashboard. Whereas the G 300 CDI makes use of the more functionally-oriented W461 series, the G350 d is inspired by the W463. As a result, customers will be able to experience all of the advantages that the series offers like having better ergonomics, greater comfort, and the use of high-quality appointments and equipment. Offered as standard are the multi-function steering wheel and the front seats which are partly power-adjustable. Standard features also include the electric steering column which allows it to be adjusted for both reach and height.

Meanwhile the floor has that anti-slip surface and drain allowing the interior to be completely cleaned as the dirt can simply be sprayed away. This shows that the brand has not forgotten any of the practical aspects as it relates to off-road driving. Even with the different features already available, there are optional features being offered for the G350 d Professional in order to enhance the experience especially for those who want to deal with off-road challenges. One such option is having the steel front bumper come prepared with a cable winch. There is also the Professional Off-Road package. While it has the protective grille specifically made for the bi-xenon headlamps in the front, a protective grille is offered as an option for its indicator lights.

The package also makes the rear side windows, and the rear window itself, come in dark-tinted glass. Also part of the package is the hands-free system preparation and the load compartment that has a wood finish. Helping improve its capabilities even further is the roof rack with a ladder. Aside from a ladder, the package also offers side running boards on both the right and left side. This increases practicality and allows objects to latch easily on its roof rack. Meanwhile there is also a Load Protection package offered that helps maintain the optimum safety especially during transportation. The Load Protection package also has a fixed trailer coupling, cover for the load compartment, and cargo net. Also offered with the G350 d Professional are eleven metallic paint finishes and two non-metallic ones. It even manages to show its unique style with the use of special paints like China Blue or Desert Sand. This is reminiscent of the G-Class that was owned by Gunther Holtorf, the “Otto.”

It was Holtorf who first displayed to the world just what the G-Class can do during his world tour. Sales for the G350 d Professional are scheduled to begin by June 1 with the market launch slated to start by September 2016. Price is set at €79,968, and in Germany, this already includes the 19% VAT.

As expected from a product of Mercedes-Benz, the G350 d Professional, and all other G-Class models, are up to date when it comes to connectivity due to the different technology upgrades. While some may already be familiar with these, it has been raised to an entirely different level to ensure convenience and comfort for everyone inside. Take for example the COMAND Online that now has the 8-inch (20.3 cm) high-resolution colour display and even has its own WLAN hotspot. It also has Live Traffic Information which provides accurate traffic data in real time and allows for Smartphone integration through Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay.

The armrest has a car telephony in order to have internet and telephony connectivity. It even has its own SIM card reader. This universal telephony package comes with a universal interface, charging function, and enhanced telephone function. There is even an exterior aerial to ensure optimum reception. Equipped inside as well is the Media Interface cable kit which allows for a universal interface in its centre console, which has an iPod Lightning connector, iPod dock, and micro-USB.

In case of emergencies, one can use the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system, which is available in 20 countries in Europe, in addition to China, Canada, and the U.S. For the G 500 and AMG models, the brand is also offering as an option the optional anthracite poplar trim at no extra charge.

With this, this cross-country vehicle’s exterior can be further upgraded using the 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with the sized 265/70 R 16 tyres coupled with the roof rack, also offered as an option. The revised G-Class models are slated to launch in the market by September 2016. Price will begin at €90,636.35, inclusive of the 19% VAT for Germany.

Press Release

The G-Class success story goes on: New from the off-road icon

Mercedes-Benz augments the legendary G‑Class line-up to include a highly purist variant. With a striking exterior and optionally available Professional Off-Road package, the new G350 d Professional is ideally suited to gruelling off-road use and professional applications. Compared with its predecessor, the G350 d Professional offers a new, functional interior and luxurious ride comfort. All the other G-Class models benefit from a technology update for the infotainment, navigation and communications. Additional options for the interior and exterior further enhance the individuality and comfort of the classic cross-country vehicle.

Making its debut as a purpose-built cross-country vehicle for robust off-road use in 1979, the G‑Class has been further developed into the luxurious all-rounder. Ongoing design and technology modifications make the legendary "G" fit for the future while piquing the interest of the worldwide, loyal fan base. The current model line-up ranges from the all-rounder with V6 diesel engine to the range-topping V12 model from Mercedes-AMG.

With the new G350 d Professional the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer now once again has a cross-country vehicle in its portfolio which, thanks to its pronounced purist design, stands out from the other G-Class models, making it the ideal companion for challenging off-road use and adventurous, off-the-mainstream expeditions. Like all the other G‑Class models the G350 d Professional also benefits from the sturdy ladder-type frame body, permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and three electrically selectable, 100‑percent differential locks.

V6 diesel engine with 180 kW (245 hp) output

The V6 diesel engine with 2987 cc of displacement offers superb traction. While the engine output of the G350 d Professional was increased by 33 percent to 180 kW (245 hp) compared with the outgoing G 300 CDI Professional, the NEDC fuel consumption has been reduced by 15.4 percent to 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 261 g/km. The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission combines excellent ride comfort and contemporary efficiency.

Visually, the G350 d Professional comes across as a robust off-roader capable of mastering any challenge. Its purist design is characterised by the matt black radiator grille and the black painted light-alloy wheels in 5‑spoke design. All-terrain tyres in size 265/70 R 16 ensure perfect traction even for harsh off-road use. The Professional outperforms its technical basis, the G350 d, off the beaten track in various disciplines. Thanks to its modified suspension, which provide it with an additional 10 millimetres of ground clearance (245 instead of 235 millimetres), it takes difficult terrain in its stride. The angle of approach/departure of 36 degrees and 39 degrees respectively (G350 d: 30/30 degrees) ensures mobility even under extreme conditions.

Thanks to the payload of 592 kilograms, the G350 d Professional is also ideally prepared for challenging transport tasks. It is likewise ideally suited as a towing vehicle thanks to a towing capacity of up to 3200 kilograms.

Interior with contemporary dashboard

In the interior, the G350 d Professional essentially differs from its predecessor, the G 300 CDI Professional, by virtue of its contemporary dashboard. The outgoing model was based on the functionally oriented W461 series, whereas the new model takes its technical cue from the more comfortable W463. Thus Professional customers benefit from all the advantages, such as the high-quality equipment and appointments, greater comfort and better ergonomics. A multifunction steering wheel also comes as standard, as does the electric steering column that can be adjusted for height and reach, as well as partially power-adjustable front seats. The practical aspects of off-road use are not neglected in any way, as the floor with anti-slip surface and drain demonstrates: dirt can easily be sprayed off and the interior thoroughly cleaned.

Numerous extras are available for customers that prefer to use the G350 d Professional for the daily rigours of harsh off-roading:

A steel front bumper with preparation for a cable winch is available as an option
The optional Professional Off-Road package includes a protective grille for the front bi-xenon headlamps; a protective grille is also available for the indicators as a further option. Added to this is dark-tinted glass for the rear side windows and the rear window. This package also includes the load compartment in wood finish and the preparation for a hands-free system. A roof rack with ladder further enhances the capabilities of the G350 d Professional
Side running boards on the left and right enhance practicality and enable objects to be lashed easily to the roof rack, which is included with the Professional Off-Road package
The Load Protection package is designed to ensure optimum safety during transportation. The package includes a cargo net, load compartment cover and a fixed trailer coupling
Two non-metallic paint finishes and eleven attractive metallic paint finishes are available for the G350 d Professional. The off-road icon expresses its unmistakable style with exclusive special paints such as desert sand or china blue, reminiscent of "Otto", the G-Class owned by Gunther Holtorf, who impressively demonstrated the capabilities of the G-Class during his world tour.

The sales release for the G350 d Professional starts on 1 June; the market launch begins in September 2016. The price is €79,968 (incl. 19% VAT for Germany).

Technology updates for the infotainment, navigation and communications

All the other variants of the Mercedes-Benz G‑Class are now also fully up to date in terms of connectivity thanks to numerous technology updates. The equipment already familiar from numerous other Mercedes models raises the comfort and convenience for occupants to a wholly new level. The latest telematics generation includes, for instance:

COMAND Online including high-resolution 20.3 cm (8-inch) colour display and WLAN hotspot
Mercedes-Benz emergency call system (available in 20 European countries as well as in the USA, Canada and China)
Live Traffic Information for up-to-the-minute, accurate traffic data
Smartphone integration consisting of Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto
Car telephony in the armrest for telephony and internet connectivity with separate SIM card reader
Universal telephony package in the armrest with universal interface, enhanced telephone function, charging function and exterior aerial for optimum reception
Media Interface cable kit for universal interface in the centre console consisting of micro-USB, iPod® dock and iPod® Lightning connector
The optional anthracite poplar trim is new for the G 500 and AMG models; customers can select this trim option as an alternative at no extra charge. The exterior of the cross-country vehicle legend can be upgraded further with matt black painted light-alloy wheels in 5‑spoke design with 265/70 R 16 tyres as well as the optional roof rack.

The market launch for the revised G-Class models starts in September 2016. Prices start from €90,636.35 (incl. 19% VAT for Germany).

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