Mercedes Benz G-Professional

The payload is quite Herculean: a 4,495 kilogram GVM means the vehicle can handle 2,085 kilograms from tare. You’ll have to factor a tray into this, but it’s still huge. The towing capacity is a little bit more reserved, with a braked 2,210kg limit.

It’s full-time 4WD, with locking front, rear and centre differentials. Ground clearance is a very solid 245mm, along with a 38° approach, 35° departure and 22° rampover angles. Wading depth is set at 650mm.

The engine is Mercedes’ well-used three-litre V6 turbodiesel, pushing out a relatively unstressed 400Nm @ 1,600-2,000 RPM, as well as a fairly tidy 135kW @ 3,800 RPM. On top of that, the vehicle is fitted out standard with a snorkel (and cyclonic head), bullbar and scrub rails, bash plates, 16-inch alloy wheels and BF-Goodrich all-terrain tyres. Even the bonnet is heavy duty, with a 100kg load rating.

Otherwise, the G-Professional spurns leather for vinyl and rubber and sunroofs for floor plugs. It’s all about sheer practicality. Along with your mechanical aids, there are also the electronic aids of ESP, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution.

It’s easy to baulk at the high price, but we can expect this unit to be built to an incredibly high standard.

More info will follow in time….