Mercedes first built the Geländewagen – or G-Class for short – to tackle rugged terrains back in the mid-1970s. Its longevity as a popular off-road vehicle recently came to light when a reader survey by specialist publication Off-Road revealed two impressive wins for the brand. It secured first place for the “Luxury off-road vehicle” category as well as the number one spot in the “Classic” category. Not bad for a revamped veteran. And what a looker she is.
Of the three latest models, the G 300 CDI Professional fulfils the no-frills mantra best. The single-wing tailgate at the back lifts to make way for a spacious load compartment. Staying true to its no-nonsense cross-country vehicle calling, the body retains the same angular metal panels as the original model. It does, however, show its appreciation for good looks with exclusive chrome inserts comprising the radiator grille at the front end.
The strapping exterior opens up to reveal first-class driving technology coupled with state-of-the-art safety. The stylish interior offers man-made leather or durable fabric, perfect for long-distance, off-road expeditions. Similarly, the technical equipment inside the cabin is purely for practical 4x4ing. To prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards on a steep incline, the G-Class comes with handy Hill Start Assist. Another safety feature on the G 300 is the all-terrain tyres that have extremely deep tread.
You’ll have ample “oomph” with the direct fuel injection that makes this vehicle an impressive performer. Adding to the appeal is its low fuel consumption which means the high-torque diesel engine is highly economical. This sophisticated work of art certainly ticks all the boxes. Mercedes has successfully revived the G-Class model as a reliable off-road companion, without compromising on its long-standing heritage. Model: G 300 CDI Professional Price: R 773 990.00 Engine: V6 2 987 cc, top speed: 160 km/h Combined fuel consumption: 11.7 litres / 100km CO2: 307 g/km
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