CONCEIVED in the early 1970s and in production before the end of that decade, the G-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s longest running model and even outdates Toyota’s venerable 70 Series.
This G-Class Professional G300 is the latest in a long line of G-Class variants to be sold here over the years and joins the G350 and G63 AMG wagons introduced back in 2011.
There’s only one engine, an extremely low-tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s ubiquitous V6 diesel that’s designed to run on the world’s poorest quality diesel. A five-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered and it’s mated to the G-Class’ trademark dual-range full-time 4x4 system with its triple diff locks.
The bullbar, snorkel, light protectors, all-terrain tyres and air-con are all standard. Options include a walk-on bonnet with a 100kg load rating and cyclonic pre-filter for the snorkel. The tray is aftermarket and not an official M-B accessory.
The winner of the coveted 4X4 of the Year award will be announced at the Australian Motoring Awards (AMAs) on February 1.
The AMAs, to be held at Crown Casino in Melbourne, will also present the WhichCar Style award, the MOTOR Performance Car of the Year and the Wheels Car of the Year awards.
2017’s strong field of 4X4OTY contenders includes: Haval H9, Holden Colorado, Holden Trailblazer, Mercedes-Benz G300, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Series and the Volkswagen Amarok V6.
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