Looks like it’s the end of the line for the luxury and beastly offroader we’ve come to know as the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 Squared.
We can all vouch that there is surely nothing on the road that quite measures up to the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 Squared. The German automaker just announced that it will end production of that wagon by the end of this month. The 4×4 Squared is a sibling to the outrageous 6×6 version, and is arguably the most capable off-road vehicle your money can buy. So, although this is a bittersweet moment for adventurers, we have to remember that we still have the G63 AMG beast that produces a whopping 563 hp from a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine. To top that off, the G65 AMG will remain available with all its prowess, delivering 621 hp from a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12.
Mercedes and off-road enthusiasts may not be jumping at the sight of this news, but it certainly doesn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, the next-generation G-Class is supposed to premiere sometime in 2018. We will just have to wait and see if a replacement is in the works and if anyone measures up to fill its shoes (or shall I say, wheels?). Spy shots have already revealed that the the W464 G-Class is expected to be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show this coming winter.
Let’s take a look back at all the insane features of the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 Squared.
Starting off with its portal axles and an insane amount of ground clearance (450 millimeters / 17.7 inches to be exact), this extreme off-road machine can handle almost any type of terrain. It is super wide, super tall and even has the same extended carbon fiber fenders as the 6×6. The G500 4×4 Squared features a unique suspension system with eight dampers and eight springs.
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This vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. It sits high and mighty on 36-inch Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires (325/55 R22) wrapped in 22-inch alloy wheels, which is probably the most aggressive tire/wheel combination on any SUV out there.
Even though the G500 wagon is not an AMG, it still has the same bumper that is on the G63 and G65. The interior remains unchanged from the other vehicles in its class. Why fix what isn’t broken, am I right? Either way you look at it, there’s almost no room for dispute that this is one monstrous offroader and we will be sad to see it go.
If you are a die-hard fan of this wagon and want to own one, you better act fast!
Mercedes-Benz said that dealers will continue to accept orders throughout the end of October. Prices for the highly luxurious and capable SUV start around $275,000, based on the current exchange rates.
Check out the video below to watch Top Gear’s Chris Harris drive the Mercedes G500 4×4 Wagon.