Aside from the launch of the GLB on Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also surprised everyone with the official unveiling of the G 350 d, making it the second G-Class variant available in our country – in addition to the G 63 – and the new entry-point to the current-generation Gelandewagen.
The Mercedes-Benz G 350 d is powered by the OM656 3.0 litre inline-six cylinder turbodiesel mill, which makes 286 hp and 600 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and a 40:60 torque split transfer case, for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 seconds, onward to a top speed of 199 km/h.
Mercedes-Benz says that the transmission is specifically tuned with a wide gear ratio to make driving more comfortable and quieter, while reducing fuel consumption. But most importantly, being a G-Wagen, it is also equipped with a low-range off-road reduction gear to make negotiating rough terrains easier with increased torque output at the wheels.
To help with comfort even more, the G 350 d also features active engine mounts – a first on a diesel engine in Mercedes-Benz’s line-up – to significantly reduce engine noise and vibrations inside the cabin. The two mounts are set to soft at speeds below five km/h, but automatically stiffened up at higher speeds to improve driving dynamics.
As for looks, our local-specification G 350 d is equipped with the AMG Line exterior trim and AMG Night Package as standard, the latter include the 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, exterior protective strip with black trim inserts, darkened indicators, reversing lamps, and headlamps, while the radiator grille louvres, spare wheel ring, and bumper elements are painted in obsidian black.
The Stainless Steel Package is also standard on the Mercedes-Benz G 350 d, which includes running boards, spare wheel cover, door sills, and load sills guard, all made from stainless steel. Other exterior trim highlights include the Multibeam LED headlights, sliding sunroof, heated windscreen, brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering, as well as a silver underguard.
On the inside, the G 350 d in Malaysia is fitted with the Exclusive Interior package, with the roof lining in black Dinamica microfibre, metal weave trim, red seat belts, red contrast stitching on black leather upholstery, as well as a Nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel.
The widescreen infotainment display here runs the older Comand Online system instead of MBUX, though the Mercedes me connected services and telematics system is still present here. Sound is pumped through a Burmester surround sound audio system as standard.
On the safety and driver assistant front, the Mercedes-Benz G 350 d is fitted as standard with a 360-degree around view camera, Parking Assist with Parktronic, blind spot assist, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, as well as an anti-theft protection package.
The Mercedes-Benz G 350 d is now available in Malaysia, fully-imported, with prices starting at RM999,888 (on the road, without insurance), making it almost RM500k cheaper than the Mercedes-AMG G 63 launched here back in 2018.
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