Mercedes-Benz is closing the order books on the G 500 Squared, paring off-road model range back to the standard range of SUVs – if you can call a G-Class a standard SUV.
Given the G 500 Squared’s heavy duty nature and most G-Class buyers’ preferences, it makes sense.
Given the new model coming out next year, and because of the – deep breath now – G 500 4×4 Squared’s off-road focus, it isn’t selling in huge numbers so it won’t be a regular fixture in the G-Class model line-up.
Let’s be honest – most people buying a G-Class aren’t buying it for how far they can drive off the beaten track. Which is a shame because the G 500 Squared has a lot of ability.
With portal axles, the grip levels on rough terrain is astounding. How do portal axles work? Well, the wheels don’t sit at the centre of the axles like in a normal SUV but they sit lower down thanks to some tricky engineering which puts attaches the hub to the axle via a CV joint. What this does is lifts the axles and differentials giving you even more space underneath.
Ground clearance then becomes a massive 450 millimetres with a wading depth of one metre. If that doesn’t get you up and over obstacles, nothing else will. And in case you’re wondering, the whole portal axle idea came from the G 63 AM 6×6 concept vehicle (which also went into production for a short period of time).
Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine making 310 kW (422 hp), and it runs on 22-inch wheels with 325/55 tyres and adjustable dampers. Yes, this is one trick truck.
Regretting not putting a G 500 4×42 in your driveway? Fortunately, you have until the end of October to place your order. Oh yes, the price? A not insubstantial EUR231,693.