Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV launched in India

Mercedes-Benz India has introduced the new G-Class SUV with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz G 350d, priced at ₹ 1.50 Crore (ex-showroom, India).

The new Mercedes-Benz G 350d is the first non-AMG and diesel version of the G-Class to land on Indian shores.

The G-Class or the G-Wagen as it was previously known, completes 40 years of production this year and the model continues to one of the sturdiest SUVs built for the military and later for civilian use. The G 350d will lock horns against a number of offerings including the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, and the Land Rover Defender.

The biggest change on the Mercedes-Benz G 350d compared to the G63 AMG is the more economical engine option on offer. That does mean the non-AMG version is any less of a brute. Power comes from the 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder diesel that belts out 282 bhp and 600 Nm of peak torque.

The motor is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

On the design front, the Mercedes-Benz G 350d gets subtle differences over the AMG trim. This includes the PanAmericana grille being replaced with a black finished triple slat unit, a revised bumper with smaller air intakes, and twin exhausts at the rear, in place of quad exhausts with two on each side sticking out below the rear doors.