Coming home – Mercedes-Benz G-Class pick-up truck in Australia

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is going home to Australia, the territory that it was first made of in 1979, as a military vehicle. It is now though a wok horse. It is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class pick-up truck.

Rugged, robust, versatile. These are the three words that thoroughly describe the Mercedes-Benz G-Class pick-up truck. Before the new Mercedes X-Class comes out, this one can do the job. It has been launched in Australia and it is based on the G-Class body, fitted with a pick-up bed.

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It goes by the name of G300 CDI and it is functionally designed to work until it drops. 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a black grille and black trim on the sides make it look like a Jack-of-all-trades. With approach and departure angles of 38 and 35 degrees respectively, it can pretty much tackle any hard surface and even drive safely through nearly 25 inches of water.

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Those who were familiar to the 30-year old G-Class models will feel right at home in the 300 CDI new cabin with seats covered in vinyl upholstery. But that is as far as the luxury goes. The pick-up G is not dressed to impress in terms of looks, but work. It is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, good for 181 HP, sending the power to all four wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Manually built in Graz, Austria, the G-Class pick-up truck is on sale in Australia for prices starting at 119,900 Australian Dollars ($90,000) and it stands no chance to ever make it to the US.