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Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4²

Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4²

This is the first electric model, and the third overall to be inducted into the 4x4² series

Not too long ago, the Mercedes G-Class 4x4² was spotted undergoing high-altitude testing in the Alps, thus confirming the return of the alter-ego version of the luxurious off-roader.

While we were expecting to hear more about it, Mercedes decided to divert our attention from it by introducing a 4×4² concept version of its all-electric SUV, the EQC. To put it simply the EQC 4×4² is the off-road version of the standard EQC. Do we need something like this at a time when Mercedes is still trying to find its feet in the electric segment?

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2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4X4

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4X4

The big, bulky alter-ego of the Mercedes G-Class that created a ruckus few years back, was spotted recently, thus indicating a comeback

The Mercedes G-Class is arguably one of the best off-roaders to have graced our planet. Over the years, the company has equipped it with a premium interior and an exorbitant price tag, but it is still regarded as a hardcore off-roader and has a strong footing in the segment despite heavy competition. To further cement this perception, Mercedes created a hardcore version of the already-competent G-Class called the G-Class 4x4. The previous model’s production ended in 2017, but it looks like the monster is back.

The new G-Class 4x4 was spied undergoing high-altitude testing in the Alps and it looked a lot bulkier and monstrous than its normal self – especially the wheel arches – thus reigniting the news of the 4x4 making a comeback. Are we excited? Hell yeah!

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1992 Mercedes 250GD Wolf by Expedition Motor Company

1992 Mercedes 250GD Wolf by Expedition Motor Company

A classic G-Wagen restored to all its glory in a near-perfect project

Mercedes G-Wagen is a legend in itself. It started off as a military vehicle, but has been in production since 1979. The SUV is adored by people all across the globe, be it the older models, or the latest. Here’s one classic 1992 G-Wagen that has been restored by Expedition Motor Company. The restomod is a good project as a wholesome and we are quite happy with the result. The SUV has literally been ripped apart and everything its chassis is new. Let’s take a look at how it has turned out.

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Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

It’s bad enough that someone stole this man’s Mercedes. To make matters worse, it was found wedged in a mini-jungle, requiring a chainsaw to extract. Now, that sucks. Check out the video below.

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Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

It’s Explorer Mike Horn’s Pole2Pole expedition vehicle

Mercedes-Benz had a big showing at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year surrounding its all-new 2019 G-Class SUV. This tried and true vehicle has a long history of extreme service, both in military and civilian service. One of the most recent events was accomplished by the famous explorer, Mike Horn, whose 2016 Pole2Pole expedition took him around the globe via the north and south poles. The journey traced a route from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic, North America, and back to Europe.

Horn, a Mercedes-Benz Ambassador, used the outgoing G-Wagen to complete the on-land portion of his epic trip. The rest was done on his boat, the Pangaea, on snow skis, and by foot.

The G-Wagen, a G500, needed only minimal changes to endure the trip. It rolls on BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires on stock Mercedes wheels. A matching full-size spare tire replaces the stock wheel on the tailgate. A roof basket with a ladder added storage and a spot for mounting the two off-road lights. Beyond that, the G500 is bone stock, including the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 and its 415 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the G500’s stock locking differentials certainly helped. The G-Wagen has three lockers, in fact, one up front, one in back, and in the center transfer case.

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Mercedes AMG G65 to bring down the curtains with Final Edition model

Mercedes AMG G65 to bring down the curtains with Final Edition model

Mercedes-AMG has decided to pull the plug on its iconic G series SUV’s with the Final Edition model before it stops the production. The company will manufacture 65 units which will be sold worldwide.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG G63 RS 850 by Posaidon

2017 Mercedes-AMG G63 RS 850 by Posaidon

There’s nothing fancy about this program, but it sure as heck is effective

The Mercedes-AMG G 63 may look like a car that has little care for the world of aftermarket tuning, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth. The hulking SUV has actually been a favorite subject among aftermarket tuners, and we see that on full display with this new tuning program from Poseidon.

The program is called the G 63 RS 850, and you don’t need to be a mathematician to know that the “850” in the program’s name refers to the kind of power the AMG G 63 now has at its disposal. The extra grunt is complemented by a series of exterior and interior upgrades, all of which combine to create a tuning kit that establishes a more flamboyant personality out of Mercedes-AMG’s resident mastodon. The RS 850 kit may not be the first program for the AMG G 63 to dip into this kind of tuning upgrade, but rest assured, this upgrade brings a lot more to the table than what we’ve seen in the past. Consider this program, then, a top-of-the-line choice for owners of the AMG G 63. Whatever you may want to do to your premium, off-roading ride, there’s a good chance that Poseidon has the upgrade that’ll leave a smile on your face.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG G 63 RS 850 by Posaidon

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Mercedes-Benz Launches G-Class Designo Manufaktur Edition And Exclusive Edition

Mercedes-Benz Launches G-Class Designo Manufaktur Edition And Exclusive Edition

As if the G-Wagen wasn’t pretentious enough

It’s no secret the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or G-Class, is an aging beast. First debuting in 1979, this body-on-frame SUV hasn’t changed much in 30 years. However, Mercedes is constantly adding special edition models and potient powertrains to the G-Wagen, keeping it fresh – at least on the surface. The latest examples of Mercedes’ lipstick-on-a-pig just debuted: the designo manufaktur Edition and the Exclusive Edition. Both models add extra flash to the G-Wagen’s body and interior, while leaving the greasy bits alone.

The two special editions are paired with certain models of the G-Class. The designo manufaktur Edition can be had with their the G350 d or the G500. The Exclusive Edition lives up to its name and is only offers on the AMG-branded G63 and G65. Aside from the fashionable add-ons, the G-Wagen is getting the automaker’s “Mercedes me connect” communication services. The free service includes integrated onboard communications for automatic emergency calls (eCall), accident recovery, breakdown management, and a full-time customer service department.

Continue reading for more on the G-Wagen’s special editions.

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Video Captures Next-Gen Mercedes G-Wagen Testing

Video Captures Next-Gen Mercedes G-Wagen Testing

Two test mules caught towing trailers

Mercedes-Benz is readying the next-generation Geländewagen, otherwise known as the G-Class or G-Wagen. A pair of camouflage-covered test mules were spotted roaming streets somewhere in Europe by YouTube user “Carlcox84 Automotive” during a break in an apparent towing evaluation. Both SUVs were hitched to aluminum testing trailers.

The short video shows the to G-Wagens stilling idle as Mercedes workers have a conversation. The low-key even probably wouldn’t have even been noticed had the vehicles not been wearing the swirly camo. That’s because the G-Wagen still carries the same basic look as it did in 1979. That’s when Mercedes began production of the vehicle as a competitor to the Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Defender, and other utility based off-road vehicles.

Despite the same classic shape holding true, the next-generation G-Class will have plenty of improvements, both inside and out. From the video and pas spy shots we’ve seen, this new model looks wider and a tad big longer. The larger size should afford more interior room and a more stable on-road driving experience. And since most G-Class owners don’t traverse through uncharted lands or through narrow hedgerows, the extra girth shouldn’t matter.

It will be interesting to see what changes Mercedes has in store for the G-Class. We expect to see a mild cosmetic update, but would imagine the G to keep the same iconic looks. It interior, however, should see huge improvements over the current generation. It is possible Mercedes will include an instrument panel designed after the E-Class sedan. Leather coverings, wood and carbon fiber accents, and finely machined metallic switchgear isn’t out of the question.

We expect Mercedes to drop the official details at an upcoming auto show before the G-Wagen hits showrooms for the 2018 model year. Perhaps it will break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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/Drive Goes Upskirt on Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²: Video

/Drive Goes Upskirt on Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²: Video

ICON 4x4 CEO gives thoughts on the green machine

There’s no denying the impressive nature of the Mercedes-Benz 4x4². From its portal axles and tall ground clearance to its twin-turbocharged V-8 and screaming paint colors, the jacked-up Geländewagen is jaw-dropping. But what’s a real four-wheel drive enthusiast think? Or more importantly, what does a four-wheel drive entrepreneur think about it?

That’s exactly what /Drive wanted to know, so a trip was in order to Icon 4x4 in Los Angeles to get the opinions of Jonathan Ward, the CEO and lead designer for Icon 4x4. Now for those who don’t know, Icon 4x4 builds some of the baddest resto-mod four-wheel drives on the planet. It takes dilapidated Toyota FJs, Land Rover Defenders, and Ford Broncos and turns them into six-figure performance machines with the ability to traverse nearly any terrain while turning heads, even in LA traffic.

Needless to say, Ward’s thoughts are rather valuable. I won’t spoil all the video’s fun, but know Ward takes a rather objective yet discerning approach to reviewing the G500 4x4². His calm character and extensive mechanical knowledge shine through, reinforcing the idea of Icon 4x4’s strong place in the specialty aftermarket community.

Be sure to watch in full screen for the full effect. It’s worth seeing all the detailing found underneath the mighty G500 4x4².

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Motor Trend Pits the Mercedes G65 Against Icon's FJ44 Prototype

Motor Trend Pits the Mercedes G65 Against Icon’s FJ44 Prototype

Two SUVs that make zero excuses and cost nearly a quarter million each

It’s not everyday you see two quarter-million dollar SUVs plunging into rocky riverbeds and barreling through muddy ditches, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Motor Trend’s latest episode of Head2Head.

Most everybody is familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen. It’s Mercedes answer to the Jeep, and likewise, the G served its time in the military. However, the most common place to find a G-Wagen is on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Mercedes’ most plush, powerful, and opulent version of G-Wagen is the Mercedes-AMG G65. It comes packing a 6.0-liter V-12 that cranks out 621 horsepower and an insane 738 pound-feet of torque.

Sadly, as our dubious hosts point out, the V-12 is a hunk of old-school tech that is in need of serious updating. Turbo lag and a small power band are the highest offences. On the other side of the muddy ditch is a 6.2-liter V-8 packing a supercharger within the Icon FJ44’s engine bay. This GM small-block might have its origins in the 1950s, but it still lays down 465 horsepower.

Now both SUVs are plenty capable off-road, but the Icon is certainly the more rugged of the two. Its no-nonsense interior and tall ground clearance allow it to traverse anywhere without damage – something we can’t say for the Mercedes G65. Conversely, the FJ44 would be nearly impossible to daily drive, whereas the Benz fits right in at your local Whole Foods or billionaire’s club.

So which SUV wins this crazy head to head? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. All I’ll say is it’s rather surprising and unforeseen. Click HD and full screen for the full effect.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 G700 Widestar By Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 G700 Widestar By Brabus

German tuner gets fancy with Mercedes-AMG’s one-true off-road warrior

Subtlety has never been one of Brabus’ strong suits so it goes without saying that this bright-as-day creation didn’t fall too far out of the German company’s tuning tree. At its core, this is a Mercedes-AMG G63, the Silver Arrows’ resident off-road marauder. But just its image is that of a rugged performance machine, Brabus has created a tuning program that provides a slash of vibrant personality into the G63. As a result, it doesn’t look as imposing as it once was. Or does it?

There are a number of things about this particular kit, dubbed the G700 Widestar, that’s worth keeping an eye on. It has modifications on both the exterior and interior. It has a new set of fancy wheels. It also has sizable engine upgrade, which has and will always be the real highlights of any Brabus tuning program. The modifications may look ostentatious on the surface, but that’s only one way to describe the G700 Widestar program. You can also call it heavy on extra power or if you’re really stretching for words to describe it, maybe you can even call it heavy-handed and brutish, mixed in with a certain flamboyant flair that the standard AMG G63 understandably lacks.

Whatever the case may be, what’s clear is that Brabus’ new kit for the AMG G63 fits into its wheelhouse. It won’t be Brabus without the attention to detail that comes with building a kit like this one. Sure, black suits the G63 perfectly, but like most of its past programs for other Mercedes models, Brabus has found a way to give the hulking brute of an SUV the personality to match its unyielding ferocity.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz continues its longtime partnership with the famed explorer, adventurer, and extreme athlete Mike Horn with his “Drive 2 Climb 2 Ski K2” expedition as he and his companions traveled across eastern Europe and central Asia with the ultimate goal of skiing down the world’s second-highest mountain.

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Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey's Velociraptor 600: Video

Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey’s Velociraptor 600: Video

Ever wonder what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, that sort of takes place here, with the gathering of the high-riding Mercedes G500 4x4² and the supercharged Ford F-150 Raptor known as the Hennessey Velociraptor 600.

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Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes-AMG’s latest announcement means there’s one less vehicle American’s have to wish for. The German automaker will now offer the top-dog G65 AMG in the U.S. stating November 2015. That’s right, the twin-turbocharged, V-12 SUV is joining the G-Wagen lineup in the U. S. of A.

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Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes-AMG’s latest announcement means there’s one less vehicle American’s have to wish for. The German automaker will now offer the top-dog G65 AMG in the U.S. stating November 2015. That’s right, the twin-turbocharged, V-12 SUV is joining the G-Wagen lineup in the U. S. of A.

You might be asking yourself what’s the big deal. Well, 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque is certainly a big deal in my book. All that power is routed through a seven-speed automatic transmission and the G-Wagen’s 4WD system, complete with three locking differentials.

Believe it or not, but the Geländewagen is pretty competent off the beaten path, despite its low-profile performance tires. Its full-time 4WD system seamlessly directs power front and rear where it needs it, but locking the center differential splits torque 50/50 for the rougher stuff. Locking the front and rear differentials splits torque evenly between the wheels on each axle, effectively making each wheel turn at the same speed. Select the low range gears, and this Billy goat will climb over anything.

But because this is a G-Wagen, 99 percent of owners will never take it off road. That’s less of a travesty thanks to that 6.0-liter V-12’s impeccable power. The trip to 60 mph should take roughly 4.9 seconds while its top speed has been increased by 13 mph, making 143 mph possible.

When the 2016 G65 AMG joins the G550 and G63 AMG here in the States, it will boast a starting price of $217,900 – making it the fourth $200k+ AMG model now offered.

Read more about the G-Class here

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