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