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Mercedes-Benz to re-launch G-Class in UK

04/26/2010, 10:14 AM BY ANDREW GANZ

After going on a 10 year hiatus, the boxy and rugged Mercedes-Benz G-Class will return to the United Kingdom market later this year when it launches in both high-end commercial and luxury-laded consumer trim levels.

Anchoring the bottom of the G-Class lineup will be the G300 CDI Professional, which will list from £57,975. Although Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released exact specifications of the Professional variant, the automaker said that the commercial variant will “feature equipment levels ideal for it to carry out its labors in a reliable, safe, go-anywhere package.”

For more traditional Mercedes-Benz passenger car customers, the G350 CDI and G55 AMG will both mark the return of a right-hand-drive G-Wagen to one of Europe’s largest new car markets. The G350 CDI, which was launched earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, features a 221-horsepower six-cylinder diesel that averages about 21 U.S. mpg combined. The G55 AMG, mostly identical to the North American-market model, is less about fuel economy and more about performance; it reaches 62 mph from a stop in just 5.5 seconds thanks to a 500-horsepower V8.

Both consumer models will be lavishly equipped with full leather trim on the seats and dashboard, Mercedes’ COMAND navigation system, a Harman/Kardon audio system and, of course, a trio of locking differentials and a two-mode transfer case. The G350 CDI will list at £79,975 and the G55 AMG will go for £114,975.



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