Right now, if you check the Mercedes-Benz G Class configurator online, you will be given two options, namely the G500 and the G63. The G500 first came out in January with the launch of the W464 at NAIAS in Detroit, and the G63 made its first appearance in Geneva a few weeks after the first one. For those of you who are looking for a more low end torque, then you will need to wait until the end of the year to place an order for a diesel powered G in Europe.
If you speak to the guys behind the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog, they will tell you that the diesel G-Class that takes the shape of the G350d 4Matic model will be available in Germany by December. At the same time, production will begin during this time but deliveries will not begin until March 2019 at the earliest. The report then says that dealers will get the first diesel models for potential clients to try out sometime in spring of next year.
You might be wondering what the original identity of the diesel engine is. Well, it is actually the OM 656 that we saw last year together with the S-Class facelift. This was eventually launched in other models like the CLS. In the S350d sedan, it pumps out 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 600 Newton metres (443 pound feet) of torque. Moving on to the S400d, it has a little more output, at 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 700 Newton metres (516 pound feet) of torque.
Apparently, Mercedes will be using the G350d moniker for their boxy SUV, and it is safe to assume that this will be offered in the lesser specification. In fact, it was stated in the Mercedes Benz Passion Blog that a beefier G400d configuration is not part of the bigger picture.
It was only a few days after the start of G-Class’ production at the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria that news about the availability of a diesel engine came out. It is in the same facility that the iconic off roader began production in 1979. Since that time, over 300,000 examples of the said model have been built.
It seems that Mercedes Benz has joined the bandwagon of those who are into diesel engines. But as I have mentioned earlier, the diesel version will only be available for the European spec models, which means that we are still unsure whether this will be available in other markets like the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia.