2015 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² concept image

The German automaker, the third largest premium carmaker in the world, has unveiled in an official premiere the recently introduced G 500 4×4² concept during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show.

The model is actually a “near-series” concept, and seems to adopt a strategy akin to the spectacular G63 AMG 6×6, complete with an AMG front bumper, carbon fiber trim everywhere and a roof-mounted LED light bar. To complete the ready for war looks the concept comes with stainless steel underbody guards, a side exiting exhaust and 22-inch wheels with off-road tires that look ready to roam the Moon. Inside the cabin there’s a pretty much “standard” affair: more carbon fiber trim and designo leather seats with diamond quilted DINAMICA accents. We can imagine that just like the G 6×6 the production version will be inevitable, but according to Mercedes the decision hangs on the “reaction which the near-series show car receives.”

Under the hood the power comes courtesy of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 422 PS (310 kW). Mercedes has been – oddly – rather restrained with other technical details, skimping on any performance figures and saying the engine was used because it met with Euro 6 emission standards. Those ready to go everywhere will be glad to find the G 500 4×4² has portal axles and a suspension system that uses two spring/damper struts per wheel. That’s because one spring/damper strut set works in a conventional manner and the other one has electronically controlled adjustable damping settings controllable from inside by switching from “Comfort” to “Sport” modes in just 15 milliseconds.