G-Wagon making an Australian comeback

Kharl Prado October 19, 2010

It’s been a long while since we last saw the much-adored G-Class Wagon. Now, it returns as part of Mercedes-Benz Australia’s latest lineup, after having won a contract with the Australian Army back in 2007. The contract is an order for 1,200 units of 4×4 and 6×6 Gelandewagens for delivery to the Army, with the first vehicles rolling into duty last year. Since then, there have been news surfacing from Mercedes-Benz Australia that the G-Wagon may find itself not only in military hands but under civilians as well.

Back in the 1980’s, Mercedes-Benz was still struggling to sell the G-Glass wagon in Australia. Now, it seems, lady luck has shined on the company because early as next year, each and everyone’s efforts will bear fruit. The G-Class will be made available in the Australian market under two variants, either of which caters to two completely different target markets. These include the 2011 G 350 BlueTEC, which has Mercedes-Benz’s latest V6 diesel engine that churns out 155kW and 540Nm torque. The 2011 G 55 AMG, meanwhile, has a 5.5-liter V8 that’s able to produce 373kW and 700Nm of teeth-clencing torque, giving you around 5.5 seconds to reach from zero to a hundred.

The G 350 BlueTEC should fetch a tag of $159,900, while the G 55 AMG should cost around $214,900. So what do you say, mate?

Comments (1)

  1. $159K – How ridiculously over priced!!!
    Why don’t they bring out a base model that could realistically compete with a Defender or Toyota Landcriuser? Mercedes already have the M and GL for luxury buyers.
    I bet the AUS Army didn’t pay $159K for each one.

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