Off-road focused model goes on sale next month.

The Mercedes G-Class is a favorite of the the rich and famous but that doesn't mean the model can't get down and dirty. To enforce that fact, the company has introduced the new G 350 d Professional which is "ideally suited to grueling off-road use and professional applications."

Boasting a "purist design," the G 350 d Professional eschews Hollywood bling as it adopts a matte black grille, headlight protectors, and 16-inch alloy wheels with a black finish.  The model has also been equipped with a revised suspension which provides an additional 0.4 inches of ground clearance.  That doesn't sound like much but it helps the SUV to have a 36 degree approach angle.

The no frills styling continues in the cabin as the model lacks wood trim and a modern infotainment system. However, drivers will find a multifunction steering wheel, anti-slip flooring, and partially power-adjustable front seats.

Motivation is provided by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that produces 245 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.  It is connected to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive with three electric locking differentials.  This enables the SUV to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 8.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 99 mph.  While it's not exactly fuel-efficient, the model is a huge improvement over the G 300 CDI Professional as it averages 23.7 miles per gallon - an increase of 15.4 percent.

The G 350 d Professional will go on sale on June 1st and German pricing starts at €79,968 (including 19% VAT).

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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