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The Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 Is Now Ready for Production

The Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in concept form in March. Today, the German automaker has given the green light for production. In fact, it is now on sale in select markets in its homeland with a base price of $257,000.

This boxy off-roader takes its inspiration from a military vehicle from another era, the Geländewagen. But its’ a more extreme and more luxurious take on the legendary vehicle.

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The 4×4 stands far higher than a regular-production G-Class with its Unimog-like portal axles all around, which you can also find in the G63 AMG 6×6. With the raised ground clearance, the new G500 has an impressive approach and departure angles of 52 and 54 degrees. What’s more, it’s capable of driving through up to water as deep as 39 inches. But unlike the G63 AMG, it doesn’t have the extra set of wheels. Its keeps its wider track and jacked-up suspension though.

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Large 22-inch beadlock wheels, carbon fiber trim, skid plates on both ends and a deeper front bumper with three air dams complement the raised ground clearance. But if you don’t want the beadlocks, you can have them replaced with a model-specific alloys. It also has 325/55-section tires, plus a foot and a half ground clearance. Aside from that, the G500 doesn’t have the AMG-specific engine, as it is replaced by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 422 horsepower. It also has 450 lb-ft. of torque on all four wheels with an automatic transmission. Another standard in this version is the de-tuned eight-cylinder version of what powers the AMG GT and C63.

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What makes the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 price a bit lower than that of the Benz 6×6 is the smaller engine and smaller axle-count. This makes the G500 the second most expensive G-Class version. But it will be initially available in a couple of European countries and in the Middle East. As of this writing, the monstrous vehicle looks like it won’t be in any US market.

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