- Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² to roll out in US market by early 2017
Friday, 10 June 2016
The everlasting G-Class gets a mini makeover and more power, this is one storming off-roader.
New for the 2017 model year, the Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² will join Mercedes-Benz family of SUVs in the United States. The 4x4² is the most capable G-Class ever, boasting innovative portal axles, three locking
differentials, a ground clearance of more than 17" and a 4.0L Biturbo V8. The G550 4x4² will be available in US dealerships beginning in early 2017.
One of the technical highlights of the G550 4x4² are the portal axles. Unlike a conventional axle, the portal axles found on the 4x4² allow for axle input and the wheel center to be two drastically different heights. By utilizing a series of gears similar to those found in a transmission, power is transferred from the G-Class'
rigid axles downward to the wheel hub.