Mercedes-Benz is closing the order books on the G 500 Squared, paring off-road model range back to the standard cars. Given the G 500 Squared’s heavy duty nature and most G-Class buyers’ preferences, it makes sense.
Let’s be honest – most people buying a G-Class aren’t buying it for how far they can drive off the beaten track. So when a hardcore bush-bashing model comes along, it’s fair to say it won’t be shifting too many units. Which is a shame because the G 500 Squared has a lot of ability.
With portal axles, the wheels don’t sit at the centre of the axles, but sit lower down thanks to some tricky engineering. Ground clearance then becomes a massive 450 millimetres with a wading depth of one metre.
Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with 310 kW (422 hp), 22-inch wheels with 325/55 tyres and adjustable dampers.
Regretting not putting a G 500 4×42 in your driveway? Fortunately, you have until the end of October to to place your order. Oh yes, the price? A not insubstantial EUR231,693.