A new fleet of Mercedes G-Class 300 CDI for the Swiss Army | Auto News

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A new fleet of Mercedes G-Class 300 CDI for the Swiss Army

One of the lesser-known versions of the Mercedes G-Class is fireproof military version. Although it should not be so, since the G-class was initially born as a military vehicle. One of the first armies in various units was done with the Swiss.

The Swiss Confederation employed since 1983 Puch 230 GE, developed on the basis of the G-Class by Steyr Daimler Puch. Most of those Puch 230-4189 units in total #8211; are still operating after 30 years of harsh treatment, but you can not deny that they are obsolete.

Thus Switzerland wants new SUVs for its army, and has used the Professional version of the Mercedes G-Class. 75% of the units will be four-door vehicles for the carriage of passengers, while 25% will be chassis versions adaptable to other uses, such as ambulance.

The selected vehicles belong to the commercial range of Class G, more Spartan, but as robust and hardened as a standard G-Class. According to Mercedes, all Class G are built to the same standards of quality.

The Class G were field tested in tests at high altitude mountain passes, extreme temperatures and being launched from aircraft, tactical look especially important in recent years. Swiss Army Mercedes are not identical to the production, employing technologies scaled to higher reliability and robustness. For example, stability control ESP has been adapted to extreme use and the diesel engine has an output lower than the street Mercedes G-Class.

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Technologies climb to greater robustness and reliability for military use

Instead of the highly sophisticated turbo-diesel with 258 hp and catalytic reduction of emissions that can be found in a Mercedes G 350 CDI, we find a less tight this engine OM 642. Its power is 184 hp at 3,800 rpm, with maximum torque of 400 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm. On a decent road, it can reach 160 km / h. The power goes to the 4 wheels permanently through some tires measure 265/70 R16 and three lockable differentials independently.

The gearbox is automatic, 5 gears and gearbox. With respect to the Class G civilian off-road capabilities are slightly higher: it has a fording capability of 600 mm, double struts and can climb slopes with a gradient of 100%, with a minimum ground clearance of 210 mm. it is one of the few SUVs truly pure military origins still on sale, at the height of Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender. It is a very capable beast, which can not fail in the event of a conflict.

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