The transition from EU- to US-spec will see the G500 4×4² change its name into the G550 4×4² because Mercedes-Benz has a thing for confusing branding decisions. If you’re interested in acquiring such a beast, you’ll need to pony up lots of green dollar bills.
Key details, including pricing, fuel economy, curb weight and top speed, will be released closer to the launch date.
The all-wheel-drive G550 4×4 features ground clearance of more than 17 inches, three locking differentials and a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class receives a few updates for the 2017 model year. Among the updates is the arrival of the G550 4×4² variant, which comes complete with 17-inch ground clearance, an extra-wide track, and a twin-turbocharged V-8.
Another car we recently drove was Porsche’s 2017 Macan GTS. Those three letters aren’t just about extra trim. The Macan GTS is simply the best-handling SUV in production.
Portal axles allow suspension geometry, steering connections and drive shafts to remain unchanged from other G-Class models thanks to their ability to keep the position of the rigid axles relative to the chassis unchanged. Load is reduced from all reciprocating components, especially the drive shafts, thanks to the internal gears found in the portal axles. Further, as the speedometer takes a reading from the rigid axles, fitting larger and more aggressive off-road tires does not require a recalibration of the speedometer.