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New 2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional G-Class

1 June 2016

The G-Class has become progressively more luxurious over the years after its beginning as a rough and tough off-roader in 1979.

Now Mercedes have brought out a new edition, named the G350d Professional that harks back to its roots. Mercedes says it’s a “highly purist variant” that is “ideally suited to grueling off-road use and professional applications”.

The G350d Professional  drops many features that are considered standard on most cars today, including electric windows and the infotainment screen, though it does keep an electrically adjusted steering column, a multifunction steering wheel and partially power-adjustable front seats.

The seats are covered in fabric rather than leather, and the carpets in the foot wells have been replaced with rubber mats, making it easier clean the floor.

The Professional does have some improvements over the regular G350d, namely, a modified suspension with a 10mm increase in ground clearance at 245mm  and higher approach and departure angles at 36 degrees and 39 degrees respectively (G 350 d: 30/30 degrees).

The black 16-inch light-alloy wheels are wrapped in all-terrain tyres size 265/70 R 16.

The Professional is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel pushing out 180kW paired to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and three electrically selectable, 100‑percent differential locks.  It has a payload of 592 kilograms and a towing capacity of up to 3 200 kilograms. Mercedes says it returns a combined economy of 9.9l/100km with CO2 emissions of 261 g/km.

Mercedes said the G350d Professional will be available for order in Europe this June with first deliveries in September.