Mercedes‘ ‘entry-level’ diesel-powered G-Class will cost £94,000 when it arrives on British shores this summer.
The cheapest G-Wagen is already on sale, offering customers a less powerful but more economical alternative to the V8-powered G 63.
Behind the bluff bows, the G 350 d uses a six-cylinder diesel engine with 282bhp. That’s quite a substantial decrease compared with the 577bhp G 63, but it’s noticeably easier on fuel.
Where the G 63 returns just 21.4mpg, the diesel G-Class will manage 29.4mpg. It pollutes less, too, churning out 47g less CO2 per kilometre travelled. Over the course of five miles, it will emit 376g less carbon dioxide.
You do sacrifice a lot of performance, though. The G 350 d gets from a standstill to 62mph in 7.4 seconds, but the G 63 will cut that by almost three seconds.
On the other hand, you don’t lose much luxury. As you’d expect from a car at this price point, the diesel G-Class is laden with goodies. As standard, you get 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and AMG body styling.
In the cabin, you’ll find heated leather seats, three-zone climate control and a widescreen digital instrument and multimedia display.
But as with so many Mercedes products, you’ll find the best bits on the options list.
The pick of the bunch is the £5,995 Premium Package, which buys you adaptive air suspension, a Burmeister sound system and a 360-degree parking camera. You get a sliding sunroof, too, and 64 colour settings for the ambient light. For some reason.