What you get when you try to mix the Mercedes-Benz G-Class with the impressive G63 AMG 6x6? The G500 4x4 of course or the G-Class Squared. Set to make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the new concept features a simple recipe: the all-wheel-drive powertrain including portal axles from the 6x6 “lost” one axle and was blended with the newly-developed variable chassis and the series-production G-Class body.
A big surprise is found under the hood, as the vehicle uses the brand new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that powers the new Mercedes-AMG GT, delivering 422 hp (310 kW). The first visual impact with the vehicle shows the impressive 22-inch 325/55 R22 wheels as well as the wider track of the portal axles (+299 mm). If you are a fan of nature, you will be happy to know that the G500 4x4² is available with the optional off-road size 37 x 12.5 18-inch MT tyres.
As expected, power is delivered through the permanent all-wheel drive but the concept comes with several goodies, such as an off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and three differentials lockable whilst on the move.
Compared with the standard G500, the new G500 4x4² will be easily recognizable thanks to the impressive ground clearance of 450 mm as well as thanks to the height of 2.25 meters and the 2.10 meters width. And this is not all as the concept arrives with LED light strips located above the windscreen, partially painted wheel-arch flarings (both in fine carbon fiber) and with a front bumper as seen on the G63 AMG and G65 AMG models.
Inside, the SUV gets the designo Exclusive package, which means that the The seat bolsters and head restraints as well as the dashboard, centre console and armrests in the doors are styled in black designo leather with white contrasting topstitching. Meanwhile, the seat surfaces and door panels are wrapped in Dinamica microfiber and impress with their diamond-design quilting.
We expect the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² to be able to conquer any terrain thanks to the new damper adjustment that is derived from rally sport. The manufacturer says that two spring/damper struts running in parallel are used for each wheel.
One spring/damper strut works conventionally with set damper characteristics, while the second spring strut has electronically controlled adjustable damping. With this set-up, considerable kingpin inclination is possible between the settings SPORT and COMFORT, which the driver can select using a button in the centre console and switching times takes just 15 milliseconds.