Mercedes-Benz has announced it will take on one of toughest off-road tracks in Australia, the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.
Generally regarded as the most difficult four-wheel drive trips in Australia, the Canning Stock Route spans a length of around 2000km of very tough off-roading. Some of the world’s automotive press will each be apart of the 11-day trip, driving the new Mercedes-Benz G 350 BlueTEC turbo diesel. The G 350 BlueTEC offers 155kW of power and 540Nm of torque and is fitted with a permanent four-wheel drive system.
The trip will start in Perth and run two seven-day legs. Each car will be completely standard without any major modifications other than upgraded tyres to better suit the terrain. Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific, Mr Horst von Sanden recently said,
“This modern retracing of the steps of the early Western Australian explorers needed a vehicle that was going to be up to the task of taking on the inhospitable and dangerous (when not prepared) but dramatically beautiful far north of WA.
“Just as the G-Class has stayed true to its unique heritage, we wanted to demonstrate the unique heritage and challenge of the far north of WA, the Canning Stock Route delivers that and more.”
The journey will kick off on July 28. You can follow updates on the journey through Mercedes-Benz’s Canning Stock Route website. We’ll be sure to keep updated upon the journey’s end to see how the G-Class shaped up.