Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional-04

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class received a facelift a year ago, and the press photos that accompanied the announcement shocked this writer a little. Never mind that the iconic 4X4 could be had with 21-inch AMG rims and diamond design designo seats; Merc released pics of the Geländewagen in colours such as yellow, orange, purple and neon green! A neon green G-Wagen! What the…

Mercedes now realises that not everyone has the taste of a rapper, and we’re looking at the G 350 d Professional. The “highly purist variant” is optionally available with the Professional Off-Road package, and is ideally suited to gruelling off-road use and professional applications, Stuttgart says.

Like all other G-Class models, the G 350 d Professional benefits from a ladder-type frame body, permanent AWD with off-road ratio and three electrically selectable, 100% differential locks. It’s powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel with 245 hp, which is 33% more than the power of the previous G 300 CDI Pro. Paired to Merc’s 7G-Tronic auto, the new G has NEDC fuel consumption of 9.9 litres per 100 km, 15.4% better than before.

Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional-03

Visually, the Pro is marked by a matte black grille and 16-inch black five-spoke alloys, wrapped with 265/70 all-terrain tyres. Pro status also brings modified suspension, which provides an additional 10 mm of ground clearance (245 mm) and sharper approach/departure angles of 36 and 39 degrees respectively (30/30 on the regular G 350 d). Payload is 592 kg and towing capacity is up to 3,200 kg.

No bare bones workman interior, though. The G 350 d Pro’s dashboard is based on the W463 model’s, and not the more functional W461 dash. Goodies such as a multifunction steering wheel, electric steering column and partially power-adjustable front seats are standard. A floor with anti-slip surface and drain means that dirt can easily be sprayed off and the interior thoroughly cleaned.

Options include a steel front bumper that’s ready for a cable winch; protective grille for the bi-xenons; and dark-tinted glass for the rear side windows and rear window. The latter package also includes the load compartment in wood finish and the preparation for a hands-free system. A roof rack with ladder and side running boards can also be added on.

This tough guy’s market launch is in September.