The Mercedes G 350 d (Mercedes G-Class diesel) that was launched in India last month is already sold out, reports Overdrive. The diesel engine variant of the old-school SUV is priced at INR 1.5 crore (ex-showroom), which is INR 69 lakh lower in comparison to the high-performance, petrol engine variant, the G 63, which retails INR 2.19 crore (ex-showroom).
In addition to the lower price, even the festive season served as a huge add-on for the high demand for the Mercedes G-Class diesel at launch. The first batch is sold out, but presumably more units will be imported for new orders in another batch later.
In similar updates, Mercedes-Benz recently announced that the outgoing GLE has been sold-out almost 3 months ahead of plan. Also, the company delivered 600 units on the occasion of Dhanteras last month. Out of the 600 units, 250 were delivered in Delhi-NCR alone.
The Mercedes G 350 d made its debut in December last year. It sources 210 kW (286 PS) of power and 600 Nm of peak torque from the new OM 656 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. A 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission works with the 4MATIC to transmit 60% of the drive torque to the rear axle and the remaining to the front axle.
The Mercedes G 350 d is the most affordable G ever made, and the credit goes to its OM 656 diesel unit. The emission levels from this engine undercut even the Euro 6d regulation standards. The G 350 d accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 199 km/h.
The Mercedes G-Class doesn't have a direct rival in the Indian market right now, but next year, it will have to face-off the next-gen Land Rover Defender.