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.