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Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4² previewed, extreme off-road G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is already a robust and rugged Tonka-tough SUV, but now the company is planning to unveil an even more rugged version called the G 500 4×4².

Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4²

Basically, it’s a lifted up version of the utilitarian wagon, inspired by the G 63 6×6. It features much bigger, 22-inch alloy wheels with special 325/55 off-road tyres, as well as bulging carbon fibre wheel arch extensions to try and contain the wheels.

Under the bonnet the G 500 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 has been tweaked to produce 310kW, up from 285kW, which probably helps turn the heavy-duty wheel and tyre package. There’s no speak of performance times but in reality, it’s not really going to matter is it? This beast will climb over anything.

Like the 6×6, the 4×4² is likely to showcase plenty of underbody protection and thick plating so it can slide or scrape over anything that gets in the way, while there also appears to be unique side steps to help passengers climb up into the cabin.

Lastly, to make sure the special G 500 stands out it has been given a fresh lick of fluorescent yellow paint for the exterior. Black tinted windows and a black roof complete the look and provide some contrast.

This special model is likely to go into limited production, given the 6×6 was available via a custom order. More details will be revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show starting March 3.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.