Mercedes-Benz has launched a new base version of its G-Class in China, with the G350 employing a four-cylinder petrol engine.

According to the Stuttgart-based firm’s Chinese website, the G350’s turbocharged 2,0-litre petrol powerplant makes 190 kW and 370 N.m (the latter spread from 1 800 to 4 000 r/min), directed to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

That’s enough, says the German firm, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 8,1 seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h.

Still, it’s by no means a budget Geländewagen, with the listed starting price in China of ¥1 429 800 translating to nearly R3,5-million.

For the record, though, the Mercedes-AMG G63 kicks off at ¥2 228 800 in that country, which equates to nearly R5,5-million; in South Africa, the G63 currently starts at R3 207 480. The SA range furthermore includes the G400d, which in “Stronger Than Time” guise is priced from R2 755 840.

Original article from Car