Following last month's online debut, the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x42 has arrived in conceptual form at the Geneva Motor Show.
A recent report indicates Mercedes-Benz will soon retire the crazy six-wheeled G63 AMG and it seems the void will be filled by the "G-Class Squared" based on the G500 model. Just like the three-axle G, this new version adopts a significantly increased ride height with a 450mm ground clearance and has received massive 22-inch alloys wrapped around in chunky 325/55 R 22 off-road tires to tackle rough terrains.
Compared to the regular G500, the 4x4² version has received portal axles, an uprated suspension with two spring/damper struts per wheel, along with some body enhancements such as the AMG front bumper, stainless steel underbody guards and carbon fiber flares.
Power comes from a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine developing 422 HP (310 kW) which enables the G500 4x4² feel more like a "sports car rather than a cross-country vehicle." It's still a proper off-roader as it has a 1000mm fording depth along with 52° approach and 54° departure angles.
Mercedes-Benz says a decision regarding production will be taken based on the feedback received by this "near-series show car."