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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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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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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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2016 Mercedes G65 AMG

2016 Mercedes G65 AMG

Launched in 1979 in its civilian version, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class remained largely unchanged to this day. Now an icon of the SUV market, the G-Wagon is also one of the very few vehicles to still carry its classic body and chassis configuration. The boxy Merc underwent several updates since 1990, but a beefed-up, AMG-badged version wouldn’t arrive until 2006.

That first version came powered by a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8 and dubbed G55 AMG. The G-Class received a makeover for the 2012 model, when output was increased to 536 horsepower and the nameplate switched to G63 AMG. That same year, an even more extreme version was introduced - the G65 AMG. This SUV is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates 604 ponies and 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it in the U.S. But that will change starting in 2016 as the Germans are planning on offering the G65 AMG on these shores as well.

Updated 04/01/2015: Mercedes announced that the 2016 AMG G65 will go on sale on the U.S. market in November 2015 at a starting price of $217,900.

Note: European model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes G65 AMG.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²

2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²

We’ve know Mercedes-Benz has been testing a two-axle version of its massive G63 AMG 6x6 since last November when the high-riding SUV was spotted covered in lime green camo. Now the first official image has landed on the internet and is promising good things for the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Crazy Color Edition

2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Crazy Color Edition

If you ever feel as if your Mercedes-Benz G63 or G65 AMG is not unique enough, the German automaker is now offering what it calls the “Crazy Color Edition.” Just as its name suggests, this special edition G-Wagen offers the paint choices like Solar Beam, Sunset Beam, Tomato Red, Galactic Beam, and Alien Beam. Basically, it looks as if someone from Skittles broke into Mercedes’ paint booth.

The special edition is only (thankfully) offered in select countries, with the U.S. no being one. And then there’s the price. While some automakers cars upwards of $2,000 for a specialized paint color with some swanky metallic flake or pearl shimmer, Mercedes is charging more than $17,000 for the option – and that’s just the base color! Opt for the Solar Beam hue and the bill shoots up to $22,880.

So what gives? Well, all Crazy Color Edition G-Wagens come with body-color stitching on the leather seats, dashboard, door panels, and center console, so there’s that. Otherwise, the Cold War-era, solid axle SUV is stock.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Crazy Color Edition.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35

The venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class is celebrating 35 years of uninterrupted production in 2014, and the Germans are celebrating the milestone with a special-edition SUV. The G-Wagen has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979, a feat that not even the Land Rover Defender has managed to achieve, with the British SUV discontinued after 32 years on the market. Mercedes has all the reasons to celebrate and its vehicle of choice for this special occasion is the G-Class Edition 35.

As with most special edition Mercs, the G-Class Edition 35 comes with everything a regular and very capable G-Class has to offer, but with a few exterior and interior goodies on top. Special, Designo-made paints, exciting color contrasts and a bespoke interior is what makes the Edition 35 a cool SUV to own.

The only downside to it is that you can’t buy it in the United States. Read on to see what you’re missing unless you live in Germany.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35.

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2014 Mercedes G63 AMG By Edo Competition

2014 Mercedes G63 AMG By Edo Competition

Edo Competition has made a business out of building aftermarket programs for some of the finest European cars in the world. But it’s been a while since the German tuner developed a program for a Mercedes, let alone the obnoxious G63 AMG. But we work in an industry of surprises, so by essence, Edo’s new program for the high-powered utility really is a welcome addition.

If it’s power you’re looking for, the Mercedes G63 AMG has you covered. Still, some vehicles can’t have enough of it, and Edo Competition has that covered.

That’s par for the course for an aftermarket specialist like Edo Competition. It’s built an impressive lineup of programs that have turned sports cars into supercars. Just ask the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the BMW M5, and yes, even the mighty Ferrari Enzo.

This program for the G63 AMG is another feather in the tuner’s cap that’s already full of it. Or as some would call it, just another day in the life of Edo Competition.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes G63 AMG By Edo Competition.

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2017 Mercedes G-Wagen

2017 Mercedes G-Wagen

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979 with only few cosmetic pieces, more elegant interior accommodations, and newer engine options separating the 30-year span. However, a report coming from AutoCar suggests the Germans will be changing more than just a few bits and pieces on the upcoming G-Wagen facelift.

Although it will retain its iconic boxy looks, the 2017 G-Wagen will have its width increased by around 100 mm (nearly 4 inches). The widening will allow the body to accommodate a redesigned front suspension with a three- or four-link setup and to improve stability and increase cabin space, the report adds.

Furthermore, the SUV is scheduled to get a modern electro-mechanical steering system and a redesigned structure that will include more aluminum parts. Consequently, the SUV could get rid of at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of the G350’s current 5,665-pound curb weight.

Changes are set to continue in the cabin with wider front and rear seats and a number of C-Class-inspired features. Of course, the Germans are looking to make the rugged SUV more comfortable and luxurious.

Engine-wise, the new 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline and diesel mills currently developed by Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 E-Class will find their way into the G-Class with around 365 horsepower and 304 horsepower respectively. Both will be offered with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.

Note: Current Mercedes G-Wagen pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes G-Wagen.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC

2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC

The G63 AMG is the coolest of the of the entire G-Class bunch, but even a great car can be improved now and again. The folks over at German Special Customs did just that when they came up with an amazing upgrade kit for the G63 AMG that transforms the off-road machine into something truly bad-ass.

The base G63 AMG pulls power from a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. That’s well and good, but GSC decided to bump this up by way of reworked software and a modified exhaust system. As a result, the GSC-tuned G63 AMG now delivers a total of 620 horsepower, 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque.

In addition to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering lots of exterior new parts made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and an updated interior with a 320 km/h speedometer.

The G63 AMG also received some upgrades on the outside, but we could definitely live without those. That body kit a bit odd looking, and those low-profile tires on fancy rims all but negate its off-road capabilities.It’s not our cup of tea, but it may strike your fancy...

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023

2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023

The legendary Mercedes-Benz Unimog all-terrain trucks are refreshed for 2013 with a comprehensive makeover inside the cabin, underneath that boxed ladder chassis and outside with a menacing new grille and LED lighting.

The top of the new Unimog lineup in terms of off-road ability is the new U5023 model, which replaces the previous U5000 nameplates. Sharing the nose layout with its shorter sibling, the U4023, these models are the freshest outside with a dramatic new single-wing grille to house the dinner-plate-sized Mercedes star emblem.

This is a unique touch for the U5023, as this design is usually reserved for the sportiest models in the lineup, like the SLS AMG. Regardless, the new design is functional more than stylish, with a new cab and engine mounting position that is farther back in the chassis and other significant changes to go along with this new grille design.

The chassis itself of these off-road models is quite something. With a flexible central spine, the Unimog U5023 is able to articulate its wheels farther than any other production vehicle, and now can even flex the chassis to ensure at least one wheel has traction on the ground.

The other big news for the Unimog line is a vastly improved cabin with better visibility, easier off-road traction settings, a vastly improved driving position with a tilt/telescoping wheel, and a new Euro6-complaint BlueEfficiency turbo diesel engine.

Despite a (limited) top speed of 56 mph in Europe, the Unimog U5023 has some of the most clever and innovative off-road tech designed right into its chassis.

How far ahead of a Jeep is the Unimog? Well it has 664 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic for forward movement. A six-speed automatic handles reverse, where the Unimog can also hit its 56 mph top speed going backwards. Not something many would attempt in a Jeep.

While the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is a big draw for flashy people, the Unimog will always be the real king of mud, sand, rocks and water.

Click past the jump for the full review of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 Night Edition

2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 Night Edition

The Japanese market has received yet another special edition in the form of a very cool Mercedes G550 Night Edition. It will be limited to only 100 units and is priced at 13,900,000 Yen (about $141,663 at the current exchange rates).

The new special edition features special AMG fenders and is painted in a titanium gray combined with 18-inch five-twin-spoke aluminum wheels. While these are pretty much all the updates offered by the exterior, the interior does offer a wider list of options.

Customers can choose between two colors — classic red or white porcelain — for the door panels and the seats. They can be combined with a piano-lacquer wood interior trim, a dashboard wrapped in Kana jet black leather, an Alcantara roof liner and dedicated floor mats.

The new G500 Night Edition will be unveiled on April 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Connection in Roppongi.

Hit the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes G550.

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2013 Mercedes G-Class

2013 Mercedes G-Class

After displaying one image of the new generation G-Class secretly or accidentally in the official picture gallery of the new GLK-Class, Mercedes has finally decided to drop the official details on the new G-Class. The car has been heavily modified and includes a new interior with exquisite materials, a completely redesigned instrument cluster and center console, and some minor changes for the exterior.

The line-up now includes a new G63 AMG powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine combined with an ECO start/stop system and a new G65 AMG model featuring a new V12 biturbo engine.

"Our G-Class has been a force to be reckoned with for the last 33 years. In its latest evolutionary stage, it offers state-of-the-art, powerful engines, a further improved range of luxurious appointments and the very latest safety features, as well, of course, as its now legendary off-road capabilities. At the same time the design remains true to its down-to-earth, unmistakable style," said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Mercedes G-Class.

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2011 Mercedes G-Class Edition Select

2011 Mercedes G-Class Edition Select

The second special edition G-Class to mark the last leg of the Mercedes model is called "Edition Select" and will be based on the long-wheelbase G 500 Station Wagon. The price for the package is €6735, or $9950 at the current exchange rates.

The new "Edition Select" model will be offered in a two-tone paintwork that combines designo mystic white, palladium silver metallic, thulite red metallic, or obsidian black metallic. It will be further distinguished by new bumpers, obsidian black AMG side flaps and exterior mirrors, running boards, and a spare wheel cover with a 3D Mercedes-Benz star in stainless steel. Finishing off the looks are black 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design with size 265/60 R 18 tires, carbon-fiber look inserts in the protective strips, an underguard and an AMG sports exhaust system.

The interior of the special edition will add high-grade two-tone upholstery in a porcelain/black designo leather and chrome trim on the selector lever, seat adjustment controls, and loudspeakers in the front doors. Black leather will also be used on the dashboard, armrest, door handles, and parking brake lever, while the inner door panels are lined with gathered leather. Mercedes is also offering a designo wood trim in black piano lacquer, while the steering wheel and selector lever are in a leather/piano lacquer combination with contrasting topstitching.

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