The Mercedes G-Class is a powerful machine even in the most basic configuration. However, the German automaker has more than one way of turning it into a high-performance threat, and new spy shots reveal one of them – the G-Class 4×4 Squared.
Spy shots leave little to the imagination, with splashes of camouflage covering the wide wheel arches, part of the roof, roof racks with additional lights, and full-size spare tire rim covers. Everything else is exposed, showing off the familiar G-Class boxy style. Camouflage can’t hide the SUV’s riding height or its rugged demeanor.
The taller suspension greatly enhances its off-road capability, with the previous generation offering 17.7 inches (450 millimeters) of ground clearance and 39.3 inches (1,000 mm) of fording depth. Mercedes used the AMG G63 6×6 as the base for the original 4×4 Squared, upgrading the G-Class with portal axles, permanent four-wheel drive, locking differentials and more.
The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 will provide power; however, specific information about its output remains unknown. It could sit closer to the G550’s 416-horsepower (310-kilowatt) output, or Mercedes might position it closer to the G63’s AMG and 577 hp (430 kW). For reference, the previous 4×4 Squared made 416 hp. Don’t expect Squared’s 4×4 changes to span the rest of the G-Class lineup.
The new G-Class is selling well, generating record sales for 2021 with over 41,000 units sold. That popularity is thought to have led Mercedes to extend delivery times for the model, with some reportedly pushed to the end of the fourth quarter of 2024. The G-Class 4×4 Squared is not expected to debut until later this year. It will then go on sale for the 2023 model year, though US customers may have to wait for sales to begin here. New models from Mercedes and other German brands tend to be sold in Europe first before arriving in the United States.