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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
The moment you lay eyes on the new G Class you think retro, but unlike most of the current crop of retro-styled vehicles being released, G Class hasn’t really changed since its release back in the late seventies – on the outside, at least! Mercedes-Benz has decided now is the right time to release the ‘G’ back onto the Australian market – and with the Australian Defence Force taking deliver y of around 1200 str ipped dow n ‘ar my-spec’ versions as well as high consumer demand, who would blame them? The national release was on home soil, taking us out from Launceston towards Mole Creek and Deloraine, then heading north to explore off-road in state forests near Frankford. The roads provided many var iables from highway running to tw isty sections, ver y average dirt roads to challenging off-road sections, all less than an hour from Launceston. G Class is an interesting stor y, w ith militar y ties right back to the start of production in the mid-seventies. The manufacturing plant is still located in Austria, with a ver y dedicated local workforce – all vehicles are still largely hand-made, each taking eleven days to build. Australia sees two models, the G 350 BlueTEC and G 55 AMG. The 350 features a V6 common rail diesel with BlueTEC. This Mercedes-Benz-developed technology is designed to reduce diesel vehicle emissions, especially nitrogen oxide. The vehicle conver ts up to 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the catalytic converter, with ammonia the only by-product of the process. The process requires an aqueous urea solution (known as AdBlue) to be injected into the exhaust prior to the catalytic converter to assist the catalytic process. While only requiring top up at service intervals under normal dr iving conditions, if you are running low between services it is a simple job to top up via a filler cap next to the diesel filler, with a bottle costing less than a litre of oil. The 3.0l V6 turbo diesel engine develops 155kWat3400rpmandhas540Nmof torque between 1600 and 2400 rpm. Coupled to the diesel power-plant is a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, offer ing almost seamless operation on and off the road. The G 55 AMG gets a hand-built 5.5L Supercharged V8 producing a thumping Mercedes G Class – old-school? Darren Moody Life on the move 34 June / July 2011 Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au
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