Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4²: Details of the G-Class Squared surface
Mercedes-Benz has released more pictures and full details about their upcoming mega SUV the G-Class Squared. Last week when I wrote about the new super G-Wagon, there was just one official image to go by and the rest was just speculation. Now we know for sure that this really is the baby brother to the G-Class 6x6.
For starters, it has its AWD (all-wheel drive) system and portal axle; blessing the G 500 4x4² with an unmatched 450mm ground clearance and a wading depth of 1000millimetres. The chassis has been extensively modified with the addition of dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping.
The wheels have been pushed further apart no thanks to the portal axle from 1475mm for the regular G-Class to 1774mm. Mercedes claims that this wider track plus the large 22-inch 325/55 R 22-sized wheels and the adjustable damping with its Sport mode, bestows the G 500 4x4² with “sports car like” handling rather than that of a cross-country vehicle.
If you specify the off-road tyre package, 37 x 12.5 x 18-inch MT tyres will be fitted with beadlock wheels allowing tyre pressures to be lowered to as little as 0.5 bar for superior traction, and that will surely give the G 500 4x4² unrivalled go anywhere capabilities. The downside to the off-road pack is that top speed is limited to 99mph from 130mph.
Mercedes-Benz latest AMG unit the 4.0-litre bi-turbo 416bhp V8 has made its way into the bonnet of the G 500 4x4², so expect blistering acceleration.
Mercedes-Benz is calling the G 500 4x4² 'a near-series production car,' which in other words means that, they will build the car based on potential buyers reaction to it at next months Geneva Motor Show.
I think it looks fantastic and that middle-eastern customers will go berzerk for it. You have got to admire Mercedes-Benz and their tenacity with the G-Class because the upmarket image they have carved out for the 36 years old vehicle is nothing short of remarkable. You can slot a top of the range version next to an array of cars from Rolls-Royce’s to Ferrari’s and it will look equally as expensive and not out of place and this will be no different.
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