The second generation of the Mercedes G-Class 4×4² will be launched in 2022 and will be an AMG model, informs the German magazine auto motor und sport.
In the fall of 2014, Mercedes introduced a kind of Tyrannosaurus Rex: Mercedes G-Class 6×6 with portal axles that raised the ground clearance from 210 mm to 460 mm. This 5,875 meter (+1,213 mm compared with normal G-Class) ultra-luxury pickup truck G-Class with a 4.22 m wheelbase (+1,170 mm longer than the G-Class) had a 5.5-liter AMG V8 engine with 544 HP and cost about half a million euros.
It was too big and too expensive for extended series production. But the portal axles concept returned a year later. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes presented a show car, the G 500 4×4². It rolled off the assembly line later on. The G 500 4×4² was half the price of the G 63 AMG 6×6. And it quickly became a legend and a much-desired collector’s item.
That’s why Mercedes decided to offer a successor based on the new generation G-Class. Or so the photos of the prototype presented by the German magazine auto motor und sport suggest.
Although its predecessor was called the G 500 4×4² but had a 4-liter V8 AMG engine, it looks like the new model will bear the name of the Mercedes sports division. The proof is represented by the typical AMG spoiler and the side-mounted logos that are still hidden. But unlike the G 63, the exhaust pipes will not come out to the side. It’s a solution that Mercedes would go for in order to avoid an impact on ground clearance.
Mercedes G-Class 4×4² – More powerful and more expensive
But just like with the previous model, the wheel arches will be strongly flared, probably with carbon fiber protections. There will be an extendable rack mounted up on the roof. The rack will be reachable from a ladder installed at the rear. There will also be additional lights on the roof and, unlike the G-Class, the spare wheel will have no case. The V8 AMG engine will most likely be found under the hood in its most powerful form. In the G 63, it develops 585 HP and 850 Nm. We expect the G 500 4×4² to have at least the same output.
The new Mercedes G 500 4×4² will be launched in the summer of 2022. That is exactly what we announced when we presented the 2022 new Mercedes models. As the power has increased significantly from 422 to at least 585 HP, it is expected that the price will be higher. We estimate that it will be around 300,000 euros compared with the 250,000-euro price tag of the first-generation Mercedes G 500 4×4².