The Mercedes G-Class is a formidable machine, even in its most basic configuration. However, the German manufacturer has more than one way to transform it to make it even better, whether on the road or off the beaten track. And as for the latter possibility, new spy photos show us the upcoming G-Class 4×42. Say “square”.
The clichés leave little to the imagination, with simple camouflage covering the wide wheel arches, part of the roof, the roof rack with auxiliary lights, and the spare wheel cover on the rear door. Everything else is visible, highlighting the familiar style of the G-Class. The camouflage, on the other hand, cannot hide anything from the exaggeratedly high ride height of the SUV.
The taller suspension significantly improves its off-road capability, with the previous generation offering a ground clearance of 450 millimeters (17.7 in) and a wading depth of 1,000 millimeters (39.3 in). Mercedes used the AMG G63 6×6 as the basis for the original “square” 4×4, upgrading the G-Class with portal axles, permanent four-wheel drive, locked differentials, and more.
A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will take care of providing the power, but specific information about it remains unknown. It could approach the 420 horsepower (310 kilowatts) of the G550, or Mercedes could position it closer to the G63 AMG and its 584 horsepower (430 kW). For the record, the previous 4×42 developed 421 horsepower.
Despite its great age, the G-Class is selling like hot cakes, recording a record year in 2021 with more than 41,000 copies sold. This popularity has reportedly prompted Mercedes to extend delivery times for the model, some of which have reportedly been pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2024. The G-Class 4×42 is not expected to debut until the end of the year. It will then be marketed for the 2023 model year.