Mercedes-AMG Elevates the G-Wagen (Literally) for Your Off-Roading Pleasure

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Even after 40-plus years, Mercedes-Benz is still finding ways to make the G-Wagen more potent.

The German marque has just unveiled a new beefed-up take on the powerful AMG G63. Officially known as the 2023 Mercedes-AMG G63 4×4² (or 4×4 Squared), the luxury SUV is designed to make mincemeat of any terrain by adding higher ground clearance to its solid powertrain.

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The menacing green monster follows in the footsteps of the first 4×4 Squared, which was based on a G550 and released back in 2015. Once again, Mercedes has completely overhauled the standard model’s design in order to increase the four-wheeler’s off-road capability.

The cabin features a 12.3-inch digital display. - Credit: Mercedes-AMG
The cabin features a 12.3-inch digital display. - Credit: Mercedes-AMG

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Under the hood, the 4×4 Squared is fitted with the G63’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and the same 9-speed automatic transmission. Like the original, it’s capable of churning out 585 hp and 627 ft lbs of torque. Where it differs, though, is the ride height.

The 4×4 Squared is equipped with front and rear portal axles (with independent suspension) that give a ground clearance of 13.8 inches. That’s 4.3 inches more than the standard G63. This means the off-roader is capable of climbing a 45-degree grade and can wade water at levels of up to about 35.8 inches. The regular G63, meanwhile, can climb 27-degree slopes and take to water 27.5 inches deep.

What’s more, the extra height allows for the fitment of larger wheels and tires. As standard, 22-inch machined alloy wheels will be equipped, along with fat off-road tires for plenty of grip.

The SUV sports 22-inch machined alloy wheels shod in off-road tires. - Credit: Mercedes-AMG
The SUV sports 22-inch machined alloy wheels shod in off-road tires. - Credit: Mercedes-AMG

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In terms of looks, this particular example is finished in a “Green Hell Mago” named after the Nürburgring, but there are some 40 other hues to pick from if that’s not your vibe. Elsewhere, the model is distinguished by a unique spoiler above the windscreen with LED driving lights, a new spare wheel carrier with 4×4² lettering and various carbon-fiber accents. You can also opt for a roof rack with a rear ladder.

Inside, the cabin has diamond-quilted Nappa leather seats, carbon trim and extended ambient lighting that goes into the air vents. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital display with a unique start-up screen and rear-view mirror.

Mercedes hasn’t revealed pricing details or production numbers. The marque did say, however, that the G63 4×4² will be available for a limited period of time. Stay tuned.

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