If you’re someone who laments that four-wheel-drive vehicles have got a bit soft, you’d be pleased to know Mercedes-Benz has the wagon that’s so off-road focused, its six-figure price tag doesn’t even include a radio.
The Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI Professional wagon is a military spec go-anywhere four-wheel-drive that’s not to be confused with the upmarket G350 and Mercedes-AMG G63 G-Classes that populate the Kardashian’s Instagram accounts.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it is now available Australia, joining the G 300 cab-chassis ute (below), which arrived here last year. Both serve in the armed forces of more than 40 countries, including the Australian Army, yet it’s only here that both are available for civilians to buy.
These ultimate off-roaders are powered by a 135kW/400Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel coupled to a five-speed automatic and permanent all-wheel-drive system with a 50:50 split.
They’re equipped with three differential locks that are selectable on the move, a bull bar, snorkel and 16-inch black alloy wheels.
Other key features include a water drain plug in the floor for when off-roading gets serious, a 96-litre fuel tank, two 12-volt batteries, a tyre pressure warning system, dirty air filter warning, brake pad wear indicator for the front axle’s brakes, headlight and indicator stone guards, and radiator and oil sump shields.
The wagon seats four with walk-through access to the luggage compartment. The cab-chassis ute has two seats.
Despite its spartan appointments, which don’t even include a radio as standard, the G300 CDI Professional wagon retails for $109,900, $10,000 less than the cab-chassis version.
A range of options are available to make the wagon a little less soldierly, including a $9000 Edition PUR package that brings a radio and CD player, walk-on bonnet, electric door mirrors, roof rack, heat-insulated tinted rear glass, running boards, towbar, headlamp cleaning system and heated leather seats.
Some of these options can be bought separately, including the walk-on bonnet ($1900), heated seats ($900), tinted rear windows ($700) and a wire mesh partition behind the rear seats ($1200).
Mercedes-Benz G-Class pricing
- G300 CDI Professional wagon - $109,900
- G300 CDI Professional cab-chassis - $119,900
- G350 BluTEC - $163,6I5
- AMG G63 - $233,615