Mercedes-Benz has introduced its G-Professional Cab Chassis ute to the Australian market.
Based on the Mercedes G-Class or “G-wagen” as it is more commonly known, the G-Professional comes with a 2,085kg payload (4,490kg GVM) without a tray and has a 245mm ground clearance, thanks to a reinforced chassis and suspension.
Its off-road capability, which is based on the experience collected in the continuous development of the “Geländewagen”, comes courtesy of three differential locks that can be shifted to low-range on the move, 650mm fording depth and adjustable engine speed control.
It is fitted with a snorkel; bull bar, headlight and indicator protection painted in black; radiator and sump shields; 16-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain tyres as standard.
A walk-on bonnet featuring reinforcement (load limit 100kg) and a non-slip coating is available, as is a cyclonic air filter that is designed to separate dirt and dust from the air before entering the traditional panel air filter under the bonnet. Designed for drivers working in dry, dusty conditions, it includes a replacement snorkel and clear Perspex case for visual inspection of dust build-up.
Fitted with permanent all-wheel-drive with a 50:50 front-rear split, the G-Professional has a recommended maximum fording depth of 650mm; an approach angle of 38° and departure angle of 35°; and a break-over point of 22°. It has a recommended towing capacity of 2,210kg (braked) and 750kg (unbraked), and a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4,490kg (4.49 tonnes).
The fuel tank has a 96-litre capacity, two 12-volt batteries are fitted, as well as a tyre pressure loss warning system. A spare wheel is supplied (loose) plus two wheel chocks. No tray is supplied at the time of sale.
Inside, the G-Professional is upholstered in hardwearing vinyl seat covers, two water-drain plugs rubber floor mats, storage boxes under both seats, air-conditioning, armrests for both driver and passenger, and a lockable glovebox.
Colour options include two paint finishes (Polar White or Black) or one of four no-cost colour finishes (Desert Sand, Deep Orange, Flame Red or Fir Green).
The workhorse is powered by Mercedes’ 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine producing 135kW at 3,800rpm and 400Nm from 1,600-2,000rpm. It is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Safety features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with selectable on/off function, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Assist (BAS), and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Occupants of the twoseater cab are protected by a driver’s and passenger airbag, and security is taken care of by an electronic immobiliser and central locking.
The new G-ProfessionalG 300 CDI Cab Chassis is now available to order priced from $119,900 plus on-road costs.