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Rugged Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² priced from $225,925

LOS ANGELES, CA –October 1, 2016 – TEN:

One of the biggest, baddest SUVs in production, Mercedes-Benz’s stoic G-Class, is about to get a whole lot tougher with the arrival of the new G550 4x4² variant. The boxy off-roader goes on sale in the United States in early 2017, priced from $225,925 with shipping. This makes it the most expensive G-Class currently on sale, even eclipsing the V-12-powered Mercedes-AMG G65 which starts at $218,825.

The G550 4x4², first previewed as a thinly-veiled concept at the 2015 Geneva auto show, takes the hardware of the insane G63 6x6 and shoehorns it into the regular G-Class body.

The result is a G-Class with a much taller ride height (now over 17 inches), permanent all-wheel drive, reduction transfer case, three differential locks, and of course the portal axles. The latter is what contributes to the raised height: unlike conventional axles, the wheels, in this case a massive 22-in set, are not at the height of the axle but situated lower thanks to their individual portal transmissions.