When Mercedes first came out with the G500 4×4² for the SUV’s previous generation back in 2015, nobody was really expecting it. With its factory lift, extra-flared fenders, and portal axles, it was boasting some serious upgrades over the already-capable regular G-Wagen.
When the new G-Class arrived in 2018, there was no 4×4² version in sight. This however is about to change, as we’ve recently been seeing some videos of what could only be a new-gen 4×4², and this one of it testing in the snow only seems to solidify its return.
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It’s worth noting that we had previously covered this winter test in photo form, but the video seems to give a better sense of it getting put through its paces.
Aside from the changes to the SUV’s appearance both inside and out, the main difference this new 4×4² should have over the old one is its suspension. As per the video, it will be using an independent setup in the front, compared to the solid axle the previous iteration had. As for the portal axles, it’s hard to tell from the video if they’ll be making a return, but we hope they do, since they were one of its most unique features.
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The 2022 G-Class 4×4² should be powered by a twin-turbo V8, like its predecessor. However, there have been talks of it being marketed as an AMG, so it should be interesting to see how much power it will have.
A release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the new G-Class 4×4² is expected to make its debut before the end of the year.