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11th March, 2011

It is now 32 years since production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class began. The Stuttgart-based car maker first unveiled this robust off-roader to the public in 1979, since then it has delivered over 200,000 units of the G-Class to customers around the world. Its still striking appearance, which has remained substantially unchanged throughout its 'career', plus outstanding engineering, has secured this Mercedes-Benz off-roader 'classic' status in the automotive world.

This model family, which is acknowledged to be amongst the best in the off-road sector, bears the succinct "G" prefix in addition to the Mercedes star, has won the Paris-Dakar Rally, has become an automotive styling icon and represents the 'gene' pool for the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up.

Continuous model updates keep the G-Class up to the latest technological development status and guarantee a superior drive system, but without diluting its essential 'character'. 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 ensuring the handling and safety expected of a Mercedes on the road.

In 2009, both the comfort-oriented 463 series and the utility-oriented 461 series of the G-Class held their own outstandingly throughout the world. There are currently no plans to bring this success story spanning three decades to an end.

G 350 BlueTEC with state-of-the-art emission-control technology

A true classic

The latest version of the classic Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-roader, now in its 32nd year, features state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology. The so called BlueTEC is a Mercedes- Benz-developed technology designed to reduce diesel vehicle emissions, especially nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The BlueTEC version of the G-Class uses AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution which is injected into the exhaust-gas stream. This process releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 per cent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the downstream SCR catalytic converter. Since the G-Class is often used in remote areas of the world – one of its main purposes – the engineers have simplified matters by integrating the AdBlue® filler cap in the vehicle's outside tank recess. One full tank of AdBlue® should suffice until the next scheduled service.

The V6 diesel engine in the G 350 BlueTEC develops 155 kW at 3,400 rpm and has a torque of 540 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Undercutting the limits of the EU5 standard and, in particular, reducing NOx emissions – yet still delivers comparable performance

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Australian and New Zealand Launch

The "G" models will only be available in Australia and New Zealand as a long wheelbase Station Wagon as a G 350 BlueTEC turbo diesel or G 55 AMG model - powered by a V8 supercharged engine developing 373 kW with an impressive peak torque of 700 Nm.

The Mercedes-Benz off-roader continues to offer a superior synthesis of high performance drive and dynamic handling control systems. The standard specification includes the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, the Electronic Stability Programme ESP® and three differential locks selectable at the push of a button, alongside the permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission (G 350 BlueTEC only).

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The unending story begins in 1972

The development of an off-road vehicle began in 1972, with a cooperation agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. In 1975 the decision was taken to commence series production and construct new production facilities in Graz, where the G-Class is still mainly hand-assembled to this day. When the series was premiered in the northern spring 1979, four engine variants were available with outputs from 53 kW to 110 kW, either as a Convertible with a short wheelbase or a Station Wagon with a short or long wheelbase. After continuous model facelifts and further development during the first ten years, a major development step was taken in 1989, when the G-family expanded. As an addition to the revised original model with the in-house series designation 460, which was in future to be destined mainly for utility-oriented users, the range was extended with the 463-series models. With new, permanent all-wheel drive, differential locks at the front and rear axles, which now became standard equipment, and a fully lockable inter-axle differential, these marked a new technical departure. ABS also became available as an optional extra. The completely redesigned interior impressed with new comfort features such as new seats, interior body panels, a centre console, a new dashboard and wood trim.

Since September 2001 the G-Class has also featured the trailblazing handling stability, traction and braking control systems ESP®, 4ETS and Brake Assist

Technical data of the current G-Class model range


G 350 BlueTEC

G 55 AMG


Engine and performance









Displacement (cc)



Rated output (kW at rpm)



Rated torque



(Nm at rpm)



Compression ratio


1 9.0:1




0-100 km/h (s)






Maximum speed km/h





electronically limited

Power transmission

Drive system

Permanent four-wheel drive



5-speed automatic


Fuel and fuel consumption****



Tank capacity/incl. reserve


Fuel consumption
urban (l/100 km)



Fuel consumption
extra-urban (l/100 km)



Fuel consumption
combined (l/100 km)



CO2 emissions
(g/km) combined



Chassis and wheels


Rigid axle with electrically selectable 100% differential lock


Rigid axle with electrically selectable 100% differential lock

Springs front / rear

Coil springs/coil springs

Shock absorbers front/rear

Gas-pressure shock absorbers/gas-pressure shock absorbers



5-speed automatic

Tyres/wheels front

265/60 R 18

275/55 R 19

Tyres/wheels rear

265/60 R 18

275/55 R 19



Recirculating ball

Front brakes


Disc brakes

Rear brakes


Disc brakes

Dimensions and weights

Kerb weight



Payload (kg)



Permissible gross vehicle
weight (kg)



Turning circle (m)



Model Offering and Pricing*

Both Australian G-Class models are Long Wheelbase Station Wagons in 5-seater configuration only. Cabriolet and Short Wheelbase variants will not be offered.

G 350 BlueTEC $161,680*
G 55 AMG $217,230*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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