Mercedes Unveils Updated Military Spec G-Wagen W464 G350d

Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the upgraded W464 G-Wagen for “Rescue and Special Operations”. The hope is that a civilian version of the military spec G-Wagen W464 will soon be made available as that would be an excellent base for an international overland vehicle, despite the anticipated price tag north of $200,000.

The vehicle boasts a heavy-duty ladder chassis, a 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged diesel engine delivering 245 horsepower, 183 kilowatts and 600 newton-metres of torque, rigid axles, an excellent 35-degree approach and 36-degree departure angles, and 221 millimetres of ground clearance. A 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox delivers power to all corners and will surely be an asset for both on- and off-road driving.

The W464 is available in two configurations: a five-door, five-seater wagon with a 1-tonne payload or a two-door cab chassis with a 2,500-kilogram payload. The latter configuration has us all hot and bothered as a potential base for an ambulance/camper body. The wheelbase of the five-door will be 2,850 millimetres, while the two-door cab chassis is offered at 3,650 millimetres.

Mercedes-Benz has modified the 3.0-litre diesel engine to meet Euro 3 fuel standards, which in practical terms, allows this G-Wagen to run reliably on low-quality diesel fuel, the type of fuel which we overlanders regularly encounter in developing nations. Unfortunately, a civilian version would likely have to comply with Euro 5 or 6 emissions standards.

Other Features

Choice of either 80- or 96-litre fuel tanks

3,500-kilogram towing capacity

A 24-volt electrical system

LED exterior lighting technology

Splashproof and glove-friendly interior

Upgraded cooling system

Updated seats and steering wheel (think body armor)

Crawl speed between 2 and 14 km/h in lowest ratios

Running temperatures between -35° and 50°C

Wading depth of 660 millimetres

Maximum operating altitude of 4,000 meters (13,120 feet)

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking enlightenment and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries, circumnavigated South America, driven from Argentina to Alaska followed by exploration of Europe and Western Asia. Currently the family are planning a journey from Western Europe to the Russian Far East. Graeme is a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six critically acclaimed books and an Overland Journal/Expedition Portal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell