Mercedes-Benz G Wagon is a hardcore offroader from the German company and the one that really means business. I mean you either love the way the charm it carries or not. If you belong to the former category and have the money to afford it you need to shell out 2.19 crores (ex-showroom) for the full-blown AMG variant with all the bells and whistles.
But what if you don’t want the AMG variant, what if you just love the retro charm but can do with adequate power and do not need a twin-turbocharged screaming V8. Until now you never had an option to do that in India as the G wagon always came in the AMG spec. But today Mercedes-Benz India has launched the G 350d in India. So not only the G 350d is priced cheaper, but it also carries the same G Wagon DNA.
What has changed?
First of all the car is cheaper by almost Rs 69 Lakhs than the AMG variant. It gets a V6 diesel motor and it looks simpler and carries the classic look more elegantly. Talking about the looks the SUV gets a different grille, smaller alloy wheels (20-inch compared to 22-inch on the AMG) and a bit small wheel arches. It still carries al the good bits about the design such as round LED headlight, and a familiar boxy rear with rear-mounted spare wheel.
Coming to the inside the G 350d gets dual 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster, as well as the instrument cluster with MeConnect, Three-zone climate control, leather upholstery and Burmester Surround sound system. Interior remains more or less similar to the AMG variant, which itself was loaded with features. It also gets all the safety features such as ABS, EBD, MultiBeam LED, Active Lane, Keeping Assist and Parking package with a 360-degree camera.
The main change you should find in the G 350d compared to the AMG is the engine. Rather than a Bi-turbo V8 petrol motor, G 350d gets a 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder Diesel motor which is no slouch either. It makes 286hp and 600Nm of hefty torque. It comes mated to Mercedes familiar 9G Tronic which powers all the four wheels. Even with this engine, this behemoth can manage 7.4 seconds to a tonne. Off-road capabilities still remain with front, rear and centre differential. So it’s as good as the AMG off the road. In fact, it has a better approach, ramp and departure angles than the AMG variant.
Coming to the pricing, it is very well priced when compared to the AMG variant. At 1.5 crores (ex-showroom pan India), it is more than half a crore cheaper than the AMG variant. It comes in as CBU and competes with BMW X7 and Range Rover Sport.