The original, W460 and W461 series vehicles were made military-only in 1990, as Mercedes-Benz introduced the more civilian-oriented and plush 463 series, which was updated in 1997, 2006 and 2015. For three short years, the more classic version made a return to the European market as the 2010-2013 "Professional" version, which focused on the core values and no-nonsense qualities of the G-class. 2014 emissions regulations shelved the G 300 CDI Professional, but the nametag has now returned.
Starting in September, there will again be a Professional version, this time based on the W463 body, complete with the current-style modern dashboard. The old version retained the blocky fascia developed from the 1979 original, but despite the "highly purist" outlook, as Mercedes-Benz calls it, the vehicle has been updated for 2017 customers in numerous ways. Accumulated dirt can still be hosed off the cabin floor, so things are kept suitably farm-friendly.
Compared to the G 300 CDI, the new G 350 d has 33 percent more power at 245 hp, but fuel consumption is down significantly. It now dips down under 10l/100km, meaning 23.8 MPG is achievable in the blocky Benz. The Europe-only Professional version can be recognized by its black radiator grille and blacked-out wheels, and for more demanding customers, M-B offers an off-road package that includes a protective grille, a roof rack, side running boards and a load space finished with durable wood. There is also a Load Protection package that secures transported goods tight in the trunk. Prices for the Professional start at a little more than $100,000 in Germany.