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2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4x4² spied

The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4x4² has been spied undergoing testing in the European Alps, and looks ready to tackle challenging terrain.

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Derek Fung
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Mercedes-Benz is preparing a 4×4² model based on the latest G-Class to allow the well-heeled to get down and dirty in the rough stuff.

Like the original model, the new 4×4² has taller suspension, a wider track, wheel arch extensions, and a set of chunky, high-profile off-road tyres. Expect to see portal axles, allowing Mercedes-AMG to offer such serious ground clearance.

There’s also what seems to be a LED lightbar pod fitted above the windscreen, and a tailgate-mounted spare tyre.

We don’t know what will power the latest 4×4², but the first-generation model came in G500 form with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 making 310kW and 610Nm.

This engine is still available in G-Class models overseas, so it’s likely to put into service in the new 4×4².

The V8 was hooked up to a seven-speed automatic, full-time four-wheel drive, and three lockable differentials. Riding on 22-inch wheels with 325/55 tyres, the 4×4² had a ground clearance of 450mm, and a fording depth up to 1000mm.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4x4² spied

Despite its off-road ability, the old G500 4×4² was able to complete the 0-100km/h dash in under five seconds.

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Derek Fung
Derek Fung

Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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