Alongside the new GLB Class, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also discreetly took the wraps off the new G350d yesterday.
Sitting below the Mercedes-AMG G63, the G350d is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission which allows the SUV to go from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds at a top speed of 199 km/h.
There is also a new transfer case which is flange-mounted directly to the 9G-TRONIC. It is designed to send 40 percent of the drive torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle.
This configuration particularly benefits the handling characteristics on the road. The permanent all-wheel drive ensures maximum traction. However, the "G" would not be a "G" if it did not have even more in store. The low-range off-road reduction gear considerably increases torque at the drive wheels, which e.g. makes very difficult terrain negotiable.
To reduce engine noise, the engine mounts of the diesel engine are actively controlled for the first time. At speeds below 5 km/h, they are set to soft to optimally dampen the transfer of torsional vibrations to the ladder-type frame at low engine speeds. At higher engine speeds, the two engine mounts are automatically made stiffer, which has positive effects on the vibrational comfort and the driving dynamics.
The exterior of the G350d is equipped in the AMG Night Package that features the 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, darkened indicators, reversing lamps and headlamps. It also comes with an exterior protective strip with trim insert in black pinstripe look. Part of the AMG Night Package is also the radiator grille louvres and spare wheel ring and the trim elements in the bumper painted in obsidian black.
The new “G” is also equipped with the Stainless Steel Package which comprises high-quality running boards along the sides, the spare wheel cover in stainless steel with 3D Mercedes star painted in obsidian black, door sills, load sills guard at the rear in stainless steel and the exterior protective strip with trim insert in black with stripe effect.
Those who aim for heady heights will be keen to go one better on the design front, too. The Exclusive interior offers something special for discerning customers. The carefully selected combinations of high-quality equipment items, such as the leather-covered instrument panel or exclusive colors, cater to the most refined tastes. The Exclusive interior package includes the roof lining in black DINAMICA microfiber and frameless inside rearview mirror.
The G350d is also equipped with the Driving Assistance Package which includes the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Blind Spot Assist.
Detecting vehicles that are overtaking, indication is immediate on entering the warning area. Vehicles which have just been overtaken are indicated around 1.5 seconds after entering the zone. This helps to avoid permanent indication when overtaking a queue of traffic and suppresses an audible warning when indicating to pull back in again.