Mercedes is known for producing luxurious cars like the S Class but the company also makes military models such as this Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle that was recently spotted near the Arctic Circle.

Reportedly based on the G 500 4x4, the model is apparently a more extreme version of the G Wagon LAPV 6.1 armored.  Little is known about the SUV but it features a rugged front bumper, recovery hooks, and a snorkel.  The model also has side steps, a heavy-duty suspension, and massive wheels with off-road tires.  While this particular prototype isn't equipped with armoured paneling, the production model surely will.

The model should build on the success of the G Wagon LAPV 6.1 armored which billed as an "agile and versatile workhorse with superior off-road capabilities."  It features portal axles, a four-seat interior, and STANAG Level 2 protection. The model can also be equipped with a central tire inflation system and more extensive amouring packages.

Power is provided by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that produces 181 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.  It is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive system which enables the vehicle to hit a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour).

Gallery: Mercedes G Class Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle spied near the Arctic Circle

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