2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4×4 Squared spy shots and video: Luxury monster truck set for return

Spy Photos

It looks like one of the biggest, baddest SUVs in production, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, is about to get a whole lot tougher with the arrival of a new 4×4 Squared variant.

Offered on the previous-generation G-Class in G550 guise, the 4×4 Squared option saw the iconic SUV fitted with some serious off-road gear, including portal axles that lent it its now-famous stance. The setup was derived from a 6×6 version of the G-Class originally developed for military use and offered in civilian guise for a limited time.

Our spy shots and video show a current-generation G550 with the same fender flares and portal axles as the previous G550 4×4 Squared. There’s also a roof rack with a new front section that’s camouflaged.

In the case of the previous G550 4×4 Squared, the ride height was over 17 inches and it looks like the same will be true for the new generation. The previous G550 4×4 Squared also came with permanent four-wheel drive, a reduction transfer case, three differential locks, and of course the portal axles. The latter is what contributed to the raised height: unlike conventional axles, portal axles don’t have the wheels mounted at the axle but lower via individual portal transmissions.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European spec)

2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² (European spec)

Mercedes hasn’t even said it’s working on a new G550 4×4 Squared, though given the almost production-ready look of this prototype, the debut can’t be far. Look for it to launch later this as a 2023 model, possibly alongside a mildly updated version of the regular G-Class. There’s a good chance Mercedes-Benz AMG will offer its own version based on the G63 this time around.

The current G550 sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, while the G63 features the same engine but with output dialed up to 577 hp and 627 lb-ft. In both cases a 9-speed automatic is standard.

2023 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

You’d best start saving if you’re interested in parking a new G550 4×4 Squared on your driveway. The last one cost a steep $225,925 and we suspect any new one will cost even more.

Mercedes has much more in store for the G-Class. Also in the works is a battery-electric version that’s due around 2024 and may have a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system separate to the setup on the regular G-Class. Recall, Mercedes last year unveiled an EQC-based prototype that’s being used to develop an electrified all-wheel-drive system for off-roading.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Tesla Allegedly In “Self-Drive” Mode Slams Into Parked Police Car
Top BofA auto analyst says Detroit automakers need to exit China as soon as possible
On National Golf Cart Day (seriously), here’s 10 ways they beat cars
Used EV price crash keeps getting deeper with ‘premium’ brand idea history
Chinese automakers overtake U.S. rivals in sales for the first time, report shows

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *