Our favorite SUV has some hot new features for 2016. The Geländewagen, or better known as the G-Class, from Mercedes-Benz is one of the most capable and long-lived models in recent history, and in a press release issued this morning, Daimler announced that they will put the G500 4×4² into production.
Inspired by the G500 4×4² show car, this new model features military-spec portal axles along with a new V8 engine. These new axles are nearly 12-inches wider and use a clever set of gears at each corner.
This raises the drive line higher above the wheels to give 4×42 almost 18” of ground clearance. For the ultimate in grip, it arrives fitted with 22-inch wheels wearing massive 325/55 tires. These are some of the potent parts also found under the ludicrous G63 AMG 6×6, and we’re glad they’re available in a more sedate package.
In order to meet strict new Euro 6 emissions requirements, the base model G500 and the new 4×42 will receive a new 4.0-liter V8. The displacement may seem diminutive on paper, it comes fitted with two potent turbos that help to produce 422 hp and 450 lb-ft. While it may not be a G63 AMG level of power, the engine is derived from the new V8 found in the AMG GT S. Having this much torque with three locking differentials will make for a fun time off of the road, with much better fuel economy than its predecessors.
As soon as Mercedes-Benz of Tampa Bay receives theirs in December, expect to see a full review. In the meantime, check out the gallery below and stay tuned for more G-Class updates.
(Source: Daimler/ Mercedes-Benz)