Mercedes G350 Revealed In China, 4-Cylinder G-Class Costs $209,000
Remember when we talked about the CLS getting a 1.5 liter four cylinder engine in China? Well, now we have a similar story regarding the mighty G-Class. The famous off-roader was only offered in V8-powered G500 and AMG G63 versions until recently, but a new variant has been added at the bottom of range.
It’s called the G350 and starts with 1,429,800 Chinese yuan or the equivalent of about $ 208,800 at current exchange rates. You could buy an AMG G63 ($ 156,450) in the US and still have enough cash for another brick-shaped Mercedes SUV, a $ 38,600 GLB 250 4Matic on top of which you could add optional equipment.
Not to be confused with the G350d shown here, the Chinese-spec G350 is a gasoline model rather than the oil burner sold in Europe with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder mill. The tiny but powerful 2.0-liter engine produces 255 horsepower and a torque of 370 Newton-meters (273 pound-feet). It might not seem like much for such a big and heavy vehicle, but it’s enough for a 0 to 100 km / h in a decent enough time of 8.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 190 km / h. h.
The four-post muscle is funneled into the 4Matic system via a nine-speed automatic transmission in a G-Class specification that could remain an exclusively Chinese affair. It is a known fact that the People’s Republic imposes high taxes on large displacement engines, hence reducing the size of the G engine to make it more accessible.
Curious about how much V8 models cost in China? You better sit down for this one. The G500 costs the equivalent of $ 238,000 before options, while the flagship AMG G63 starts at $ 325,500. The V12-powered AMG G65 with its massive 6.0-liter biturbo won’t be returning for the last-gen G, not that many Chinese buyers could have afforded it anyway …
Note: Check out AutoHome.com.cn for a full gallery of the 2021 Mercedes G350 sold in China. Our gallery presents the G350d with European specifications introduced at the end of 2018.