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Mercedes-Benz Previews G500 4x4 Show Car on Twitter

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2016 Mercedes Benz G500 4x4 2 Preview© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz G500 4x4 2 Preview

The crazy green G-Wagen prototype we spotted late last year has cropped up once again, this time sporting a yellow exterior. Mercedes-Benz gave the public its first glimpse at the G500 4x4 2 Show Car on Twitter today, promising more information on the model later this week.

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As we reported earlier, this model appears to slot above the standard G-Class in terms of off-the-beaten-path performance, featuring a higher stance and wider fender flares. And while it may not be as bonkers as its six-wheeled cousin, the G63 6x6, it does borrow many of the same features. Namely, it should come equipped with the same heavy-duty portal axles as well as the familiar 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8.

Currently, standard G-Class models are all equipped with 5.5-liter V-8 engines. In the G550, the engine makes 382 hp, but in the G63 AMG, it produces a whopping 536 hp. That model, starting above $115,000, gets a standard seven-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes has remained tight-lipped on the new model, but given the timing of the Twitter tease, we think there's a good chance it will debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Stay tuned for more info a little later this week.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via Twitter

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