Mercedes-Benz G 400 d on-sale Down Under from $200k. Ouch.

Mercedes-Benz G 400 d

The Mercedes-Benz G 400 d will go on-sale in Australia from $200k to try and woo Land Rover Defender buyers.

The only real competitor of things like the Wranger Rubicon and Land Rover Defender, the Mercedes-Benz G Class 400 d is joining the local lineup. Clearly the aim is to woo those who might be tempted by the new Defender although with a price tag of more than $200k ($233,900+ORC ) you can buy a Defender and have plenty of coin leftover. It’s even pricier than the V8 Defender announced last week.

No slouch, the G 400 d boasts the most powerful passenger vehicle diesel engine in Merc’s history. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel thumps out 243kW and 700Nm of torque. This runs through a nine-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels.

For off-road work there are three locking differentials and low-range can be selected on the move. The G 400 d gets adaptive damping as standard in Australia.

But it’s not all hard work and no play. You get a 15-speaker Burmester sound system, tri-zone climate control, electric front seat adjustments, heated front seats, 360-degree camera, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and much more.

The G 400 d gets a Stainless Steel Pack as standard, which includes a protective strip, running boards and spare wheel cover as well as chrome treatment around the radiator, dark tinted glass for the back windows, and 19-inch alloys. Tyre pressure monitoring is standard and the thing is pre-wired for a towbar.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.