Thanks to a combination of permanent all-wheel drive, the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, ESP, a "low-range" gearbox and three selectable differential locks, the G-Class is equal to any off-road challenge, while delivering the handling and safety expected of a Mercedes on the road. Local buyers are offered just one model - a long wheelbase station wagon powered by a V6 diesel engine.
The G 350 BlueTec turbo diesel develops 155kW at 3400 rpm and has a torque of 540Nm between 1600 and 2400 rpm. Alternatively, for those seeking more dynamic performance an AMG version is offered - the G 55 AMG - powered by a V8 supercharged engine developing 373 kW with an impressive peak torque of 700Nm. Standard equipment includes electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, Electronic Stability Program and three differential locks selectable at the push of a button, permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission (G 350 BlueTec only). The G 55 AMG is fitted with a 5-speed automatic. Manufacturers list price is $217,230 for the G 350 V6 and $161,680 for the G 55 AMG, plus on road and dealer costs.