The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has always been about making a statement, and the new G550 4x42 makes a big one with its price tag. Price for the high-riding luxury 4x4 is a staggering $225,925. This tops the already heady price tag of the AMG G65 V-12 model that goes for $221,325, including $925 destination. Obviously, the big story with the 4x42 is the addition of portal axles inspired by the Unimog off-road utility truck.
The portal axles imbue the 4x42 with significantly improved off-road capabilities through improved approach and departure angles, nearly doubling the breakover angle from 24 to 47.4 degrees and increasing the ground clearance from 9.3 to 17.2 inches. Like all G-Wagens, the 4x42 comes with front, rear, and center locking differentials and low-range four-wheel drive.
While not the most expensive SUV sold in the U.S., the G550 4x42 is in some pretty rarified company. The Bentley Bentayga starts at $231,825, which includes a stiff $2,725 destination fee. The long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography goes for $200,490, including $995 destination. Is the high-riding G-Wagen worth as much as a house in most parts of the country? Maybe not, but if someone were to give us one with no strings attached, we wouldn’t turn it down.