2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets diesel engine in Europe

It's the most efficient G-Class ever made.

In the United States, it's impossible to buy a 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class with less than 416 horsepower. In Europe, Mercedes has expanded the line-up with an entry-level, diesel-powered model named G350d.

The G350d receives a 2.9-liter straight-six engine turbocharged to provide 286 horsepower between 3,400 and 4,600 rpm and 442 pound-feet of torque from 1,200 to 3,200 rpm. The six-cylinder spins the four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes quotes a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of about 124 mph. The 350d is certainly not the quickest G-Class variant, but it's the most efficient version of the SUV ever made. It boasts a gliding function that, if turned on, disengages the transmission's clutch when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator pedal to let the engine idle while coasting. It returns up to 24 mpg in the European testing cycle.

Though it's positioned as the entry-level G, it nonetheless comes standard with leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim on the dashboard, and alloy wheels. Visually, there are no major distinctions between the G350d and the more expensive G500 with the exception of the alphanumerical emblem on the rear end.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G350d will go on sale across Europe in January of 2019. Pricing hasn't been announced yet. Of course, the firm has no plans to sell a diesel-powered G-Class in the United States.

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