The Mercedes G-Wagen 4×4 Squared is back – and it’s a jacked-up beast

Published on Jun 16, 2022 at 2:15 PM (UTC+4)
by Patrick Jackson

Last updated on Jun 16, 2022 at 2:22 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

The Mercedes G-Wagen 4×4 Squared is back – and it’s a jacked-up beast

The hardcore Mercedes G-Wagen 4×42 is finally back, boasting insane off-road capability and a big V8.

While the last 4×42 model was based on the lesser G550, this new extreme G-Class comes based on the full-fat AMG G63.

That means it’ll be one of the last applications of the twin-turbo AMG V8, making 585HP (430kW) in this guise. That’s a big increase over the last 4×42‘s 416HP (320kW).

Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared off-road
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared off-road
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared off-road
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared driving through water
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared with spotlights on
Toni Mäntele in the Mercedes-Benz G63 4x4 Squared
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared carbon fiber trim
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared startup screen
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared digital mirror
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared grab handle
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared interior
Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4 Squared
Toni Mäntele confirmed the 4×4 Squared is “only available for a limited time”
Carbon fiber trim features everywhere in the cabin
A special start-up screen appears in the 4×4 Squared model
A new digital mirror features, making it easier to see out the back of the jacked-up G-Wagen
The traditional passenger grab handle still remains
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Toni Mäntele confirmed the 4x4 Squared is "only available for a limited time"
Carbon fiber trim features everywhere in the cabin
A special start-up screen appears in the 4x4 Squared model
A new digital mirror features, making it easier to see out the back of the jacked-up G-Wagen
The traditional passenger grab handle still remains
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The greatest standout feature of this jacked-up G-Wagen is its portal axles, which make the insane ride height and ground clearance possible.

Indeed, this gives it 351mm (13.8in) of clearance – 109.2mm (4.3in) more than the standard G63, but 83.8mm (3.3in) less than the old G550 4×42.

But making it better to drive on-road is the new G-Wagen’s independent suspension; on older models, solid axles featured.

It can also wade through up to 910mm (36in) of water and can climb up grades of up to 45 degrees.

The model will be incredibly customizable, with a total of 40 colors on offer.

There’s an array of carbon fiber exterior trim everywhere you look – from the roof spoiler to the wheel arches, and the door protectors to the spare wheel cover.

Inside, it can also be extensively customized with diamond-stitched Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim through the G Manufaktur program.

Ambient lighting in the air vents and a digital mirror are two new features for the 4×42 as well.

Mercedes is yet to confirm how much the G63 4×42 will cost, or when it will be available.

However, the old G550 4×42 started at $227,300 to give you some idea of what it’ll cost.

All Mercedes has confirmed is it won’t be available for long.

Toni Mäntele, head of product management for G-Class, confirmed at its reveal for G-Class Private Lounge members: “It’s only available for a limited time.”

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Patrick Jackson

A car zealot from a young age, Patrick has put his childhood spent obsessing over motoring magazines and TV shows to good use over the past six years as a journalist. Fuelled by premium octane coffee, he’s contributed to Finder, DriveTribe, WhichCar, Vehicle History and Drive Section.