MercedesBenz GClass G350 BlueTec First drive Benz gives Gwagen…

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First drive: Benz G-wagen another go

Go anywhere. Australian defence contract Mercedes-Benz to bring back the for public sale.

Mercedes returns to Australia with price of $161k

8 March


G-WAGEN. It is the of choice for military forces the globe, has been the basis of the has won the legendary Dakar Rally and it is back to Australia for another

The rugged 4×4’s selection for the Defence Force fleet has Mercedes-Benz to resume sales of the version through its Australian network, 13 years after the vehicle was discontinued.

The G-class is the passenger car series in the history of the star. Released in 1979, it has more than 200,000 over more than 30 of continuous production, but its previous in Australia was not so successful.

The G-class, G-wagen or Gelandewagen, as it was called, was sold in Australia 1983 and 1988. At that 4WD vehicles were fairly pieces with light-truck live axles and leaf being the common design Interiors were basic.

agricultural 300GD Mercedes-Benz was with a 65kW diesel and a price tag of $39,500 – considerably than the 1983 Range that cost between and $32,774, depending on specification.

such a high price for a workhorse, the G-wagen did not last in Australia, and was discontinued in 1988 the top-spec model sold for to $88,000, still way more the far better equipped Rangie.

top: G-Class in 2011, Popemobile and an Australian Defence G-Class.

Mercedes-Benz Australia be hoping for a new buyer for its rugged as it brings the model back Under, but the modern G-class will again need to be heeled.

The G arrives back in 2011 in two starting with the G350 diesel at $161,680 and on to the G55 AMG at $217,230.

time, a buyer could a Range Rover Sport and a Rover Defender for the price of the G350 or a Rangie Vogue the works for the price of the AMG G. Or a Mercedes GL350 CDI and a Jeep Wrangler for a plaything.

But the G-class has come a way since the last time it was here, and the 2011 model is the most off-road-capable production 4WD on the

Three body variants are for the G overseas, including a soft-top and model, but Australia will only the five-door wagon.

The body rides on a ladder with coil springs and axles both front and giving plenty of wheel In this regard, it is comparable to the or LandCruiser 76 wagon, both workhorses.

The four-wheel drive system is permanent 4ETS with differential locks on both as well as the centre diff.

feature, plus low-range gives the G-class its impressive credentials. 4ETS also electronic traction control the differential locks are not engaged, the safety of stability control.

the body and chassis are old-school, the engine in the G-class represents the technology from Mercedes-Benz. The BlueTec is the first Benz vehicle in Australia to use AdBlue to emissions from the diesel

AdBlue is a urea solution when injected into the hot system releases ammonia to up to 80 per cent of the nitrogen oxides in the exhaust into harmless and water when it reaches the SCR converter

Only a small amount of is required, and Mercedes Benz that a single tank of is good for about 12,000km or the next service interval.

technology has been used in trucks for some time, so an owner ever have to top up the it is available from highway as well as Mercedes dealerships. On the the tank is filled via an opening the fuel filler.

BlueTec has the NOx emissions from the turbo-diesel in the G350 by around 50 per cent to per kilometre, and the engine meets 5 emissions regulations.

Fuel is claimed to be 11.2 litres per on the combined cycle. The engine is the familiar 3.0-litre V6 used in Mercedes vehicles, albeit the BlueTec system.

In this it produces 155kW at 3400rpm and has of torque between 1600rpm and The diesel is backed by a seven-speed transmission.

The $215,000 G55 features the hand-built by AMG 5.5-litre petrol V8. Although engine has been superseded in AMG vehicles by the naturally aspirated 6.3 V8, it on in the sports version of the G making at 6100rpm and 700Nm between and 4000rpm.

This is enough to the G55 from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds, you will never do in a Defender or

Fuel use for the G55 is quoted at 15.9L/100km – for a 2.5-tonne wagon with the of a freight liner and the power of a The G55 forgoes the seven-speed transmission of the for a five-speed unit.

The body the boxy yet iconic design has served it so well for more 30 years, yet the modern G-class is but agricultural once you climb

Power leather seats memory, satellite-navigation, power and modern audio and air-conditioning surround the passengers in semi-luxury, though the seating position is and upright. There is no seven-seat

The Australian Defence Force has taken delivery of the first in an order of 1100 G-class in a variety of configurations using 4×4 and 6×6 drive This military order of spawned the public reintroduction of the G.

the diesel-only army vehicles not have the leather and luxury of the model, they will get to the fullest of their ability.

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