Even in its normal version, the Mercedes G-Class is an impressive vehicle. Nevertheless, in Stuttgart and Graz they still go a step further, after all the G flushes lavish profits into the coffers. In order to earn even more money from solvent customers, the G 4×4 square based on the current G-Class generation is in the starting blocks.
The most recent spy shots leave little to the imagination: just a touch of camouflage covers the exposed wheel arches, part of the roof, the roof rack with auxiliary lights and the rim cover of the spare wheel. Everything else is free and shows the well-known angular design of the G-Class. The extreme ground clearance is particularly striking because the 4×4 squared uses Unimog technology.
The lift significantly improves off-road capability. The previous generation offered a ground clearance of 450 mm and a wading depth of 1,000 mm. Mercedes already upgraded the G-Class with the last 4×4 square with portal axles, permanent four-wheel drive, locking differentials and more.
A 4.0-liter V8 engine with twin turbocharging will provide the necessary power; however, precise information about its performance is not yet known. It could be closer to the performance of the G 500 with 422 hp, or Mercedes positions it closer to the AMG G 63 with its 585 hp. For comparison: the previous model of the Extreme-G had 422 hp.
The new G-Class is selling brilliantly and has set a sales record in 2021 with over 41,000 units sold. Due to this popularity, delivery times are extremely long, with some new G’s reportedly not shipping until the fourth quarter of 2024.
The G-Class 4×4 square is not expected to be unveiled until later this year. It will then be launched for the 2023 model year, first in Europe and only later in the USA. How much does the fun cost? It’s worth taking a look at the predecessor here: it started at a whopping 226,100 euros. So it’s not just the chassis that’s high on the most extreme two-axle G.