Mercedes-AMG G-Class 4x4x2 spy pics

Most hardcore Mercedes G-Class spied testing ahead of launch.

We’ve spotted a production-ready version of the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG G-Class 4×42 during its test programme in Germany. When it launches, it’ll act as the most extreme, most capable variant of the off-roader in the model’s line-up.

Styling upgrades over the AMG G 63 include broader wheel arches, new alloy wheels wrapped in fatter all-season tyres and a fresh safari roof rack. At the rear, there’s a new metal bumper bar, a new spare wheel mount and ladder to gain access to the roof.

However, Mercedes’s upgrades are more than simply cosmetic. Look closely under the 4×4’s front bumper and you’ll see a beefier pair of lower control arms – and, behind the new alloy wheels, there’s a set of drilled disc brakes and red calipers.

This mule’s ride height is also significantly taller than the standard car’s – and, if you peer into the front wheelarch, you’ll see the glint of a fresh shock absorber, which looks thicker and longer than the unit fitted to the standard production model.

It will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine as the standard AMG G 63, but due to the instability brought on by the added ride height and relatively short wheelbase, Mercedes could electrically reduce the engine’s output.

The previous-generation 4×42 only had an output of 310kW, rather than the 430kW the engine is capable of delivering. To reflect this reduction in power, the old model also cast off its “AMG” moniker in favour of a G 500 nameplate, but it remains to be seen whether Mercedes will retain the same tradition with this new car.

Either way, the engine will be mated to a beefed-up version of the standard G-wagen’s nine-speed automatic gearbox and mechanical four-wheel drive system. Like the production off-roader, buyers will also get three locking differentials and clever anti-roll technology.

Luke Wilkinson

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