The Diesel Mercedes G-Wagen Americans Don’t Get Is Pretty Sweet
Look, I don’t mean to complain about the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 we in the US are getting in the new Mercedes G-Wagen. It’s an excellent engine both in regular, and AMG-tuned guise, with a ton of power and torque, plus a truly lovely sound. I just want to highlight the other engine the G comes with—a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six.
In the G350d, this engine offers up 282 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, which is nearly as much pulling power as the G550’s V8. It’s also a surprisingly refined engine that suits the G’s character well. All that low-end torque is great for the off-roading the G-Wagen is capable of, and while a large box-shaped vehicle will never get good fuel economy, the diesel probably do better than the V8.
An engine like this brings to mind the G’s workhorse roots. The G-Wagen was never meant to be an overpowered pose-mobile; it was a military vehicle first and foremost. Early Gs had tiny diesel engines—this 3.0-liter six isn’t exactly small, but it somehow seems more in proportion to the truck.
In any case, the G looks so at home in this Auto Express review, cruising through the snowy Austrian alps.