Mercedes-Benz call it the G350d Professional, but it’s not for lawyers or accountants, although you’ll no doubt need a degree in something to be able to afford one.
What it is, is a stripped-out (we use the phrase lightly) variant of the G-class or Gelandewagen, what Mercedes-Benz describe as a “highly purist variant”. It’s been built for people who use their G-class off-road in “professional applications”. Or in other words they get it dirty.
The G350d Professional, like the G300 CDI Professional it will replace, makes do without a bunch of normally standard niceties, including electric windows, the infotainment screen, leather seating and carpet. Instead it features manual window winders, rubber floor mats and cloth covered seats.
Not all is lost, as you can still adjust the steering column electrically, there is a multi-function steering wheel and power-adjustable front seats.
The real news isn’t the unnecessary electronics and trim that have been left on the shelf, it’s what lies beneath. The G-class Professional rides high, or at least higher, on factory modified suspension, with a 10mm increase in ground clearance (now 245mm), along with improved approach and departure angles at 36 degrees and 39 degrees respectively, up from 30 degrees at both ends for the standard G350d.
Mercedes-Benz claim a safe wading depth of 600mm.
There is also a significant boost in engine outputs over it’s G300 CDI Professional predecessor, with the updated version’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 producing 180kW and 600Nm, compared to the G300 CDI’s 135kW and 400Nm. That’s enough oomph to see the G350d romp through the 0-100km/h dash in a respectable 8.8 seconds on it’s way to a top speed of 150km/h all while achieving an EU fuel consumption rating of 9.9L/100km.
The Professional’s exterior has been treated to a matte black radiator grille and black 16-inch light-alloy wheels and 265/70 R 16 AT tyres.
Available options include a winch compatible steel front bumper, and a ‘Professional Off-Road’ package that includes , protective grilles for the headlights and indicators, dark tinted windows, a roof rack with a ladder, the rear compartment finished in wood and running boards. The ‘Load Protection’ package adds a cargo net, load compartment cover and a fixed trailer coupling.
The G350d Professional will be available for order in Europe from June onwards with first deliveries due in September.
There is currently no word on Australian availability and pricing.