2016 Mercedes-Benz G 350 d Professional announced as more serious off-roader

Mercedes-Benz has made some tweaks to its G-Class lineup, adding a new ‘highly purist’ variant, as well as some updates and new optional extras.

2016 Mercedes-Benz G 350 d Professional

Welcome to the latest addition to the G-Class family; the G 350 d Professional. It is just as capable off-road than the regular G-Class thanks to its ladder-type body-on-frame, all-wheel drive power delivery with selective ratios, and three-mode electronic differential.

The G 350 d Professional is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which produces 180kW of power, and 600Nm of torque from as low as 1600rpm. Speed figures indicate a 0-100km/h sprint in 8.8 seconds, and onto a top speed of just 160km/h – indicating its serious off-road focus.

Meeting the strict new Euro-6 efficiency standards, the latest G-Class sips a combined cycle of 9.9L/100km, producing 261g/km of CO2.

Aesthetically speaking, Mercedes says it was aiming for a “purist design” for the G 350 d. It has received a new matte-black grille, and black five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 265/70 R 16 rubber. For those of you headed off road, Mercedes has also revised the suspension for an extra 10mm of ground clearance, now up to 245mm.

2016 Mercedes-Benz G 350 d Professional-cargo space

Inside, there’s a new dashboard design and several new styling cues around the interior, as Mercedes moves away from the W461 series G-Class to the “more comfortable” W463 series.

All other G-Class variants have received a connectivity update, with a new 8.0-inch display with a WLAN hotspot, emergency call system, live traffic updates and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new G-Class will begin selling in international markets in September this year.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.