Mercedes-Benz Professional G Wagen is Built For Off-Road Work
This diesel SUV loves the dirt
The Mercedes Benz G350 is known for its off-road prowess, and the newly updated G350d Professional model adds to the off-road functionality of this trail conquering SUV. This diesel-powered version Professional version packs everything we love in a capable off-road machine.
Did we mention it has a diesel engine? It’s powered by a V-6 turbodiesel that’s pumping out 245 hp at 3600 rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm, with a top speed of a 160 km/h (99 mph), which is plenty of power to haul this SUV up step mountains with a load of camping gear. Mercedes has even improved the fuel economy of this diesel to an impressive 23.8 mpg a 15.4 percent improvement over the previous model, which means drivers can explore even further without having to haul extra fuel.
The diesel engine wasn’t the only thing that received attention; the off-road capability was improved too. With almost a 1/2-inch more of ground clearance and a set of 265/70R16 all-terrain tires, the G350d can handle even harsher terrain. With a Fording depth of more than 23 inches, water crossings aren’t a problem, and a breakover angle of 24 degrees, an approach angle of 36 degrees, and a departure angle of 39 degrees mean obstacle aren’t a problem. With plenty of ground clearance, three electronically selectable locking differentials and diesel power, getting this SUV stuck should be nearly impossible.
The Professional Off-Road package was designed with the owner that spends most of their day off the pavement. A protective grille for the front headlights and signal indicators give you peace of mind early morning and late-night journeys. A cargo area with a wood base gives you a place to store dirty equipment without ruining the carpet, with a payload capacity of more than 1,200 pounds. A roof rack adds even more storage and a ladder means easy accessibility. Running boards making getting in and out a breeze, and add additional tie-down points for the roof rack.
The interior of the G 350 d is comfortable yet functional, adjustable seating makes for a comfortable and ergonomic driving position for daily off-road use. The carpet has been removed and a bed-liner–like surface as been added with drain holes for easy cleanup. Not to worry, though, if you still want the luxury Mercedes interior -- you can add that for a charge, of course.
With a starting price of $89,000, this capability and luxury wont come cheap, but that’s not the bad news. So far there hasn’t been word of the G350d Professional coming stateside. If you’re still interested in this SUV, visit mercedes-benz.com.
Source: Mercedes- Benz