Following a preview sometime last week, Mercedes-Benz has released new details about the G 500 4x4² which is set to debut in near production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4² concept detailedThe new addition to the G-Class model family highlights the “superlative-rich history of the G-Class and blends all the advantages of the model series” with an AMG front bumper, carbon fibre flares and integral LED light strips above the windscreen.
As mentioned previously, the car also rides on some massive 22-inch wheels with off-road tyres, and features a side exiting exhaust and stainless steel underbody guards.
Inside, the G 500 4x4² offers a designo Exclusive package featuring seat bolsters and head restraints, dashboard, centre console and armrests all covered in black leather with white contrasting topstitching. The seat surfaces, door panels and headliner will be furnished in DINAMICA microfiber with diamond design quilting.
New engine offers V8 biturbo powerThe twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine delivers 310 kW and adopts the all-wheel drive system with portal axles from the 6x6 and uses a seven-speed G-tronic automatic gearbox with a separate transfer case and high/low ratio gearing. We suspect this is the same engine used in the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 sedan and AMG-GT supercar.
Also new are the portal axles and a returned suspension with two spring/damper struts per wheel. According to Mercedes, one spring/damper strut works conventionally with set damper characteristics, while the other has electronically controlled adjustable damping that can be changed from Comfort to Sport in just 15 milliseconds.
Compared to the regular model’s 210 mm, the ground clearance on the G 500 4x4² has risen to 450 mm, while the driving depth sits at 1000 mm.
Mercedes-Benz says the decision on series production of the G 500 4x4² will be dependent on the reaction which the near-series show car receives.