A year after it went on sale, Mercedes-Benz has pulled the pin on its first diesel G-Class in three years, amid high demand for the hero G63 performance flagship.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz G400d has been cut from Australian showrooms, just a year after it launched – as focus returns to the near-$400,000 drive-away AMG G63 flagship.
Announced in March 2021 – and introduced to Mercedes-Benz showrooms that July – the G400d was the first diesel-engined G-Class variant in three years, offered as a cheaper, less exuberant alternative to the flagship AMG G63 variant.
However, orders for all G-Class models closed in July 2021 due to high demand – and a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson has confirmed to Drive the G400d will not be made available again once orders eventually re-open, with the Mercedes-AMG G63 to once again be the sole variant locally.
The G400d’s axing will come at no surprise after looking at the G-Class’s sales numbers, as the vast majority of G-Class sales last year were back-ordered G63 – and no G400d examples were delivered in the first half of this year.
About 585 Mercedes-Benz G-Class four-wheel-drives have been reported as sold in Australia since the G400d launched last July – suggesting the number of diesels sold will be a double-digit, not triple-digit figure.
Powering the G400d was a 2.9-litre inline six-cylinder ‘OM656’ turbo-diesel engine, developing 243kW and 700Nm – matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive, three differentials, and low-range capability.
Prices started from $233,900 plus on-road costs, before rising to $246,500 plus on-road costs after a price rise later in the year.
That compares to $365,900 plus on-road costs for the G63 flagship – following a $51,000 price rise for Model Year 2023, and well up on the $247,700 plus on-road costs sticker it launched with in late 2018.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.