Since most of the exciting road trips happen off the beaten track, Mercedes-Benz came out with off-road vehicles like the G500 4x4² and the AMG G63 6x6. And now, after thirty-eight years, the German marque finally gave the old G-Class a more serious update. The new G65 AMG 4x4² convertible is set for its official debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Also known as the Mercedes-Maybach Landaulet, the off-road convertible is expected to come with a 621bhp 6.0-liter, V12 petrol twin turbo engine.
As seen on its official Facebook page, the new 4X4² Mercedes-AMG is like the Mercedes G-Wagen without the roof on it. Perhaps we can safely assume that it has the combination of G500 and G63 6x6 DNA. But aside from these, there are no further details except for the very revealing central brake lights on top of the spare tire and the wheel arches in carbon fiber finish.
Unlike the standard 4X4² with only 416hp, the AMG modified G65 4X4² boasts up to 621hp. This will make it the toughest and most absurdly potent off-road vehicle to ever come out of Mercedes to date. The folding fabric rooftop is electronically operated, similar to what the Maybach 62 Landaulet sedan had been using since 2007.
The overall body shape of the G65 4X4² including the short wheelbase is very much like those on the G500. Because it’s a convertible, instead of the rear screen and roof at the center, these sections have been replaced by a multi-layer fabric along the hood. The fabric cover opens wide and exposes the vehicle’s rear as needed.
When equipped with AMG’s automatic gearbox and 4-wheel drive with 3 separate differential locks, a G65 normally goes from zero to 62 miles per hour under 5.3 seconds. With a top speed of 143 miles per hour, the high performance specced G65 has an average 397g/km CO2 emissions and 16.6mpg combined fuel returns.
The new 4x4² Landaulet will be very exclusive and will be introduced at this year’s auto show in Geneva. If in Germany, a G65 normally costs 273,000+ euros, it only means that the new convertible will come with a much higher price. The same thing is true if it would be sold in the US. Expect to pay more than the standard 220,000+ USD you would normally pay for a G65 model. In the meantime, let’s all stay tuned for more revelations in the coming weeks. One thing’s for sure, this can get really exciting.