Mercedes-Benz Australia has doubled its G300 CDI Professional range by adding a wagon body style to complement the existing cab chassis, with the new variant on sale now from $109,900 before on-road costs.
Based on the German carmaker's G-Class model launched in 1979, the G300 line-up is motivated by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine that punches out 135kW of power at 3800rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1600-2000rpm.
Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the G300 pair employ a permanent all-wheel drive system with a 50/50 split. No manual gearbox is offered.
Both variants feature a bull bar, an engine snorkel and black 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as three 100-per-cent differential locks that are selectable on the go.
Other standard equipment includes a water drain plug in the floor, 96-litre fuel tank, two 12-volt batteries, headlight and indicator stone guards, radiator and oil sump shields, tyre pressure monitoring, dirty air filter warning and front brake pads wear indicators.
Safety kit extends to driver and passenger front airbags, anti-lock braking (ABS), brake assist (BA) and switchable electronic stability control (ESC).
The wagon version comes with fog lights, walk-through access to the luggage compartment and four seats, compared to the cab chassis' two-seat set-up. Braked towing capacity for the wagon is 3140kg.
Several packages and options can be added to the wagon, such as the 'Edition PUR' bundle ($9900) which includes a walk-on bonnet, electric side mirrors, roof rack, tinted rear windows, side running boards, towbar, headlight cleaning system, heated leather seats and a radio/CD player.
A 'Winch Preparation' package costs $1700, while the walk-on bonnet ($1900), heated leather seats ($900), tinted rear windows ($700) and luggage compartment wire-mesh partition ($1200) options can be added separately.
Sales of the $119,900 G300 cab chassis have slowed this year following its local launch in February 2016, with 44 units finding homes to the end of July.
Comparatively, 93 examples were sold during the same period in 2016, representing a 52.7 per cent drop year-on-year.
Australia is the only global market that sells the G300 CDI Professional wagon and cab chassis to civilians, with specification changes made to the military-focused versions sold to armed forces.
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