Down under, Mercedes-Benz Australia has increased pace the of the heavy duty off road utility truck arms race with their latest addition of the military grade G truck Professional Utility to its stables.
Priced at $119,900 (Aus $) or £70,000, before on road costs, the G-Professional cab chassis is a big step up in cost over the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series which is beloved by farmers and land owners alike.
Boasting a payload of almost 2.1 tonnes, without a tray, and coupled with a braked towing capacity of just over 2.2 tonnes the G-Professional tops out all other heavy duty utilities on the market not needing a truck licence.
It is powered by a 3.0ltr V6 turbo diesel engine that produces 135kW and 400Nm and is mated to a five speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
A large 96 litre fuel tank and snorkel along with a bull bar, headlight, indicator protection, radiator and sump shields featured as standard make the G-Professional a serious off-roader.
Inside the cab chassis truck is a no-fuss cockpit featuring vinyl seating, water drain plugs, rubber floor mats, under seating storage boxes and lockable glove-box.
Its air-conditioning would be considered a luxury in the spartan interior.
The new Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab Chassis is now on sale down under, but with that cost it is not known if it will hit these northern shores as a competitive rival to the well loved Japanese trucks.