It’s one of the few true off-roaders still in production, and with the latest diesel version, there’s a new entry price for the Mercedes G-Class.
The 3.0-litre six-pot boasts a power haul of 286bhp and 443lbf.ft. It’s the punchiest diesel-runner to ever be fitted beneath the enigmatic squared bonnet. This equates to a 0-62 time of 7.4 seconds and the German Goliath reaches terminal velocity at 124mph and on a combined cycle could return up to 29.4mpg.
Standard alloys are 20-inchers, and LED headlights and so are a whole host of features such as leather seating that is electronically adjustable and heated front and back, 12.3-inch cockpit display, AMG styling cues, plus the driver assistance package including blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and automatic tri-zone climate control.
Option packages on offer include the Premium package, the Night package and the Winter package. The Premium package adds an intelligent multi-beam light system, adaptive air suspension, Burmester sound system, interior air ionisation, 64-way ambient lighting, sliding sunroof and a parking package with a 360˚ camera.
The Night package adds black coloured alloys, darkened indicators and tail lights, black radiator grille, exterior mirrors, darkened glass and a black spare wheel ring.
Adding the Winter package installs a heated windscreen and a remote controlled auxiliary heater. For those in the back, there’s a Rear Seat Entertainment package that adds two 10-inch touchscreens that work with a digital TV tuner, integrated media player and internet access.
The base G350d, without adding any of the several thousands of additional packs, starts at £94,000 on the road. That’s a steal, given that the only other G-Class currently on the market is the G63 at an eye-watering £143,305 OTR.