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Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 Bears Wider Track, Much Higher Ground Clearance

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/23/2015 Megan Stewart
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The G-Class family has a new addition to the lineup in the form of the G500 4x4 2, which takes cues from the other G-Class models. The concept model features a body and ladder-type frame, a tweaked version of the permanent all-wheel-drive powertrain with portal axles from the G63 AMG 6x6, and a new 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo direct-injected engine with 422 hp.


The newly developed engine offers a lightweight construction thanks to the use of aluminum alloy. The twin turbochargers have been mounted in the V configuration instead of on the outside of the cylinder banks for a more compact engine design and low exhaust emissions. The cylinder walls with new Nanoslide technology are now twice as hard as conventional cylinder liners, and this new technology helps minimize inner friction and fuel consumption.

While the engine has been given much attention, the chassis has also undergone some tweaks. Based off the series-production G model, the G500 4x4 2 offers a new damper adjustment with two spring/damper struts running parallel and used for each wheel. This helps vary damping behavior for any driving situation. In just 15 milliseconds, the driver can switch between Sport and Comfort mode using a button in the center console.

Related Link: Research the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Looking at the numbers, the G500 4x4 2 has over double the ground clearance as the long wheelbase G500, up from 8.3 inches to a whopping 17.7 inches. Although both models have the same wheelbase, the track has been widened 11.7 inches to 69.8 inches. The new model also has an increased fording depth, now at 39.4 inches.

Inside is the unique Exclusive package, which offers black design leather with white contrast topstitching on the seat bolsters, head restraints, dashboard, center console, and door armrests. Seat surfaces and door panels have been outfitted with Dinamica microfiber in a quilted diamond design. The roof and body pillars also sport the Dinamica trim.

As of right now, the G500 4x4 2 has not been given the green light for series production. Whether or not the car actually gets built depends on the public's reaction to the model, Mercedes says. We expect it to debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

Source: Daimler

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