The new Mercedes G-Class W464 is the successor to the W461 built in 1992 for Australia and various armies around the world since 1992 and differs significantly from the civilian version W463 which is sold in the G 350 d, G 400 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 versions.
The engine is similar to that of the civilian version G 350 d being the same engine with 6 cylinders in line of 2.9 liters but unlike the civilian version in which it develops 286 HP and 600 Nm, in the military version it has only 245 HP but the same torque of 600 Nm.
Compared to the old generation W461, which had a 3-liter V6 turbodiesel engine with 184 HP and 400 Nm, the new model has 35% more power and 50% more torque. And instead of the old 5-speed automatic transmission we find now the modern 9-speed automatic transmission.
However, the engine has been modified to meet Euro 3 standards that allow it to run on poor diesel fuel that has 500 ppm of sulphur as found in many African and Asian countries. For comparison, diesel sold in Europe has only a maximum of 10 ppm sulphur.
But the big difference is the suspension. While the civilian model has an independent front suspension and numerous comfort elements and assistance systems, the military version W464 has rigid front and rear axles, a more rustic interior and a heavy-duty chassis. The Mercedes W464 is also available in five-door and two-door cab-chassis versions.