Diesel power for the real G - Mercedes-Benz expands G-Class range with 40th edition model

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• Mercedes-Benz launched its new G 400d 4Matic in South Africa.

The G-Class has been around for 41 years.

• The SUV is one of the standard bearers for off-road vehicles.

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41 years ago, Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch collaborated to produce a new vehicle. Fast-forward four decades and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has become an automotive legend.

Mercedes-Benz says that the G-Class is its longest-serving passenger car and the forefather of all SUVs that carry the three-pointed star. In the off-road genre, it's become a standard-bearer and around 80% of all G-Classes ever built are still in use. 

The first model, launched in 1979, had a choice of four engines, with power outputs ranging from 53kW to 115kW.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been around for four decades (MotorPress)

A new model

In 2019, Mercedes-Benz launched a special edition G-Class model called the 'Stronger than time', which includes the G 400d. This model is powered by a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with power outputs of 243kW and 700Nm. The torque is available in a wide window of 1200 - 3200rpm.

The G 400d come in AMG Line guise, with flared wheel arches over black 20- inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, AMG design elements in the bumpers and an exterior protective strip, and brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering. The standard-fit Night Package gives the special model darkened lights as well as outside mirrors, a spare wheel ring and design elements in the bumpers in obsidian black and tinted rear windows. The surround lamp projects the G logo and the lettering 'STRONGER THAN TIME' onto the road.

Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO Mercedes-Benz South Africa and executive director for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa, says: "41 years ago, the combination of on- and off-road properties was a revolutionary concept. The current G-Class continues this tradition and forms the basis for its status as an automotive icon. We are celebrating this milestone with several highlights for our customers and fans. I am convinced that, for the G-Class, it is just the beginning."

Price: Mercedes-Benz G 400d 4Matic - R2 874 000

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class (MotorPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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