Mercedes-Benz has just introduced a new “base” variant of the G-Class. While it has all of the familiar features and traits of a G-Class, this particular model doesn't have a V8 or an inline-six. Instead, this G-Class is powered by a boosted four-cylinder engine.
This is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 350, and it has a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four under its hood. On paper, the 2.0-liter makes 258 PS at 5800 rpm along with 370 Nm of torque at 1800 – 4000 rpm. Power is then sent to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. With it, this 2.0-liter G-Wagen can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 km/h.
While it doesn't have a thumping twin-turbo V8 or diesel-powered inline-six, the G 350 still comes with selectable four-wheel-drive. This means that those that still want to bring the G Wagen off-road can still do so despite having a smaller engine.
The G 350 also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, two 12.3-inch displays for the MBUX system, a three-zone automatic climate control, a Burmester sound system, LED ambient lighting, and a full-leather interior.
Interested in getting one? Sadly, this particular G 350 is only available in China. With the People's Republic having a different set of tax laws based on engine size, the 2.0-liter G Wagen makes sense in the Chinse market as it's priced less compared to a model with a bigger-sized engine.
But does sticking a 2.0-liter in the G Wagen considered sacrilege since? Not exactly, as older G Wagens from before used to come with four- or five-cylinder engines. If anything, the G 350 is going back to its roots, albeit benefitting from turbocharging and variable valve timing.
As for the Philippine market, the smallest engine available for the G-Class is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six found on the G 350d. It makes 286 PS and an impressive 600 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and comes with 4WD. It can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 199 km/h.