The Mercedes G-Class is a formidable machine even in its most basic configuration. However, the German automaker has more ways than one to turn it into a high-performance menace, and new spy shots reveal one of them – the G-Class 4x4 Squared.

The spy shots leave little to the imagination, with a splash of camouflage covering the wide wheel arches, a portion of the roof, the roof rack with auxiliary lights, and the full-size spare tyre rim cover. Everything else is exposed, showing off the G-Class’ familiar boxy styling. The camouflage could not hide the SUV’s raised ride height nor its brutish stance.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4x4 Squared Spy Photos

The taller suspension greatly improves its off-road capability, with the previous generation offering 17.7 inches (450 millimetres) of ground clearance and 1,000 mm (39.3 inches) of fording depth. Mercedes used the AMG G63 6x6 as a basis for the original 4x4 Squared, upgrading the G-Class with portal axles, permanent four-wheel drive, locking differentials, and more. 

A twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 will provide power; however, specific information about its output remains unknown. It could sit closer to the G550’s 416-bhp (310-kilowatt) output, or Mercedes might position it closer to the AMG G63 and its 577 bhp (430 kW). For reference, the previous 4x4 Squared made 416 bhp. Don’t expect the 4x4 Squared makeover to reach the rest of the G-Class lineup.

The new G-Class is selling well, earning a record sales year in 2021 with over 41,000 examples sold. That popularity is allegedly having Mercedes extend delivery times for the model, with some reportedly pushed to as late as the fourth quarter of 2024. The G-Class 4x4 Squared isn’t expected to debut until later this year. It will then go on sale for the 2023 model year.