2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4x4 Squared 4D Sport Utility Details
The standard G550 is powered by a 416-horsepower, 4.0L turbocharged V8. The high-performance AMG G63 is powered by a twin-turbo 5.5L V8 that makes 563 horsepower, making the big off-roader almost unnaturally quick. The AMG G65 is powered by a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 that produces 621 horsepower and 738 lb-feet of torque. All three engine options are mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Thanks to a serious mechanical 4-wheel-drive system, complemented by modern electronics, the G-Class has the goods for serious off-roading as well as simply taking on slippery road conditions. The system comes with three differential locks to distribute power in whatever way is best for the conditions. On- or off-road, traction is aided by the electronic stability control system, which also helps distribute power left to right.
The G-Class is a truck-like SUV in look and feel, yet its interior is appointed with top-notch luxury materials, including premium leather, burl walnut trim and wood and leather trim elsewhere.
Inside, the G-Class provides a very upright driving position that is different from that of any other vehicle from the brand's lineup. The rear seats even have enough room for adults, but they're not as easily reconfigurable for cargo when compared to most modern SUVs. Also, the back door is hinged on the side rather than the top.
All G-Class models includes HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear fog lamps, 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Mercedes' COMAND touchscreen audio control system is included as well.
Safety features include mbrace2 emergency SOS that will automatically call for help in the event of an accident, blind-spot sensors, a back-up camera and a full suite of airbags for all occupants.
Options include adjustable suspension, a rear-seat entertainment system and a heated steering wheel.
Tough, Boxy Look
Serious Off-road Hardware
Plush Luxury Interior
Modern Communication And Entertainment Features
A brand new trim level is available for 2017, priced at the top of the range. The so-called G550 "4x4-squared" starts at around $225,000 and promises to be one of the most capable off-road vehicles ever sold to the public. The G550 4x4-squared has a unique party trick: Portal Axles. Normally lifting a truck or an SUV results in an increased ride height, getting the body out of the way of obstacles. However, the suspension will still hang down underneath the body sometimes getting hung up on rocks or anything else the driver might be attempting to drive over. Portal Axles do away with this problem by essentially lowering the mounting point of the wheels, meaning that the body, the suspension and everything else gets lifted out of the way. The result is a G550 with virtually nothing hanging down below the body, vastly increasing off-roading ability.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class--otherwise known as the "Gelandewagen" (off-road vehicle) in German, is unique in the market. It features an old-school truck body-on-frame chassis and military credibility. Mercedes-Benz has given the G-Class extraordinary toughness for the trail, surprising comfort for freeway driving and luxury enough to hold its own at the country club.
The G-Class starts at $120,000, but the G-Class' unique packaging and outstanding off-road credibility means there's no competition in this segment.
Engine: 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8
Transmission: 7G-TRONIC Automatic
Axle Ratio: TBD
GVWR: 7,694 lbs (3,490 kg)
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and TouchShift Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
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