AIMS 2010: Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

If you ask any true car enthusiast to compile a list of the world’s coolest cars you should expect to see the Mercedes-Benz G-Class appear somewhere on that list. It’s the fact that it simply makes no sense for Benz to keep making a car like the G-Class that makes it so right. That they bother to let AMG fiddle about with the G-Class, as well, simply heightens the madness.

I mean, check the side exit exhausts. It’s bonkers and we love Mercedes to signing off on this most politically incorrect creation. Bravo!

The best news is that Mercedes-Benz Australia are re-launching the G-Class down under. It will be the first time in around 20 years since it has been on sale here. There will be two models on offer, the G 350 BlueTEC ($159,900*) and, of course, the G 55 AMG ($214,900*).

The G 350 BlueTEC model is powered by a 155kW V6 turbo diesel. As suggested by its BlueTEC moniker, this model features innovative technology aimed at reducing harmful emissions. Diesel engines are usually great for their low fuel consumption. However, not so great are the Nitrous Oxide (NOx) nasties that are often spat out the exhaust in big black clouds of smoke. This BlueTEC model, though, converts up to 80 per cent of its NOx emissions into nothing more than nitrogen and water thanks to a very clever catalytic converter.

Enough about that, we all know the G 55 AMG is where it’s at! And if you plant your foot to the floor from rest you’ll have your angry off-roader at 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds. That’s all thanks to a stark raving mad 373kW/700N combo provided by its 5.5 litre supercharged V8 engine. Beautiful!

The G-Class is set for its full Australian launch early next year. We can hardly wait!

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

G-Class – BlueTEC Technology Or AMG Performance From 2011 Launch

The Mercedes-Benz classic off-roader has thrilled customers world-wide since 1979, whether it’s the incredible off-road capability in the world’s most remote locations or the raw performance of the G 55 AMG, the G-Class is quite simply, in a class of its own.

Over the past 30 years, the G-Class has enjoyed countless technical improvements such as BlueTEC technology, however its unique character remains firmly intact – making the G-Class a true motoring icon. After more than 20 years, we are most excited to see the G-Class return to Australia.

“To be able to launch the famous G-Class in Australia has always been a dream of mine” said Horst von Sanden, Managing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars at Mercedes-Benz Australia / Pacific. “G-Class will also introduce BlueTEC technology to Australia, which we will introduce to more models in the future.”

“G-Class, a rugged off-road vehicle with Mercedes-Benz credentials,” said von Sanden.

G 350 BlueTEC

The G-Class will be the first Mercedes-Benz 4WD to introduce the state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology. BlueTEC is a Mercedes-Benz-developed technology designed to reduce diesel vehicle emissions, especially nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

The vehicle converts up to 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the catalytic converter. The V6 diesel engine develops 155 kW at 3,400 rpm and has 540 Nm of available torque between 1,600 and 2400 rpm.

G 55 AMG

For customers who crave for more power, the powerful 5.5 litre V8 supercharged engine will surely please. Developing 373 kW from 6,100 rpm and 700 Nm of torque between 2,750 and 4,000 rpm, this power plant propels the G 55 AMG from 0 to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds.

Every 5.5 litre V8 supercharged engine is made by a single technician in accordance with the company’s “One man, One Engine” principle. The thrilling G 55 AMG even comes complete with twin side pipes on both sides of the vehicle.

Transmission

The V6 diesel comes standard with the highly-acclaimed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which improves fuel consumption, comfort and responsiveness.The G 55 AMG features the specially tuned 5-speed automatic transmission which transfers the massive amounts of power and torque from the AMG engine to the wheels with precision.

Suspension

To cope with even the toughest conditions, the G-Class not only has a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, but also a specially configured suspension.Thanks to precisely engineered, rigid axles and long suspension travel, the G-Class is able to master practically any terrain.

Differential Locks and 4ETS

The G-Class is equipped with electronically controlled traction system 4ETS that provides optimal traction. Additional assistance is offered through the transfer case off-road ratio that provides exceptional climbing ability or negotiating obstacles. The package is complete with front axle, rear axle and inter-axle differentials that can be locked at the touch of a button, thereby re-directing power to the wheels offering the best grip.

Australian Launch and Specifications

A complete press kit with specifications will be available once the vehicle is launched in early 2011.

Model Offering and Pricing

Both Australian G-Class models are Long Wheelbase Station Wagons in 5-seater configuration only. Cabriolet & Short Wheelbase variants will not be offered.

  • G 350 BlueTEC $159,900*
  • G 55 AMG $214,900*

*The prices detailed here are current Manufacturer’s List Prices (MLPs). The MLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.