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Published Date: 18/02/2015

G-Class Squared unveiled

Featuring jacked-up suspension, portal axles and huge 22-inch wheels and tyres – the new G500 4x42 is limited to a production run of just one-hundred vehicles.

Under the bonnet is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 developed by Mercedes-AMG for its performance range which can produce 435bhp and most importantly meets planned Euro 6 emission standards which come into play next year.

 G Class Squared unveiled
Alongside these impressive technical stats, the G500 boasts a redesigned chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping – all wrapped by the familiar G-Class body.

With all its extra modifications, the G-Class concept measures up at a height of almost 7.4ft and a width of almost 7ft. Ground clearance is nearly 18 inches – dwarfing the 8.3 inches for the standard G.

Clearance such as this is made possible because of the portal axles, as opposed to the conventional rig axles, the wheels are not at the height of the centre of the axle, instead they are places much further below on the axle heads due to the portal gearbox.

Looking at the interior, the G500 4x42 concept has combined sportiness with luxury – the seat bolters and head restraints, centre console and armrest are lined in black leather with white contrasting stitching.

Mercedes have revealed that any decision on a production version of the G500 4x42 will be dependent on the reaction it receives at the Geneva Motor Show.

Despite this, it must be noted that a similar vehicle was spotted last year – possibly suggesting that much of the necessary development work for the production model has already been completed.

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