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Mercedes-Benz USA announces limited edition of only 200 G-Class models

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 550 is a new special edition of the rugged SUV that’s coming to the United States and only 200 of them are going on sale.

The G-Class Edition 550 is available in three of Mercedes’ high-end Manufaktur colors: Jupiter Red, Arabian Grey, and Moonlight White, which is the newest addition to the color palette. This special edition also gets a new badge that shows the silhouette of a G-Class climbing a mountain. Inside, the Edition 550 comes with two-tone Nappa leather upholstery that has diamond stitching. The special edition includes the active multi-contour front seats with active side bolsters. Carbon-fiber trim decorates the cabin. The brush bar around the headlights and horizontal slats in the grille tell us that the Edition 550 uses the G 550 as its starting point. This grade uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts) and 450 pound-feet (610 Newton-meters) of torque. The power runs through a nine-speed automatic gearbox with a two-speed transfer case. The SUV gets to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 5.6 seconds.

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The only info we have about the G-Class Edition 550 comes from a post on the Mercedes-Benz USA Facebook page but there’s no info about pricing or availability. It’s somewhat surprising for Mercedes to introduce a special edition of the G-Class now because the automaker is allegedly struggling to keep up with demand for the SUV in some markets. The G-Class recorded a new global sales record in 2021 with 41,174 deliveries. The company moved 8,523 of them in the United States last year, which was up 10.4 percent year-over-year. Mercedes currently has a refresh of the G-Class under development. The changes appear to be fairly minor. There’s a revised front fascia with re-shaped intakes in the corners. The hood seems to have flatter styling. The fender flares look more angular.

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Two more variants of the G-Class are also on the way. Spy shots suggest that the new 4×4 Squared is deep into development because there’s very little camouflage on these vehicles. These models have a taller ride height, possibly a light bar above the windshield, a roof rack, and a ladder on the back. A fully electric G-Class reportedly arrives in 2024. The Concept EQG is a near-production glimpse of the upcoming model. It looks very similar to the ICE-powered versions but has an illuminated grille. Rather than a spare wheel carrier on the back, there’s a storage area for holding things like the charging cables. Mechanically, the concept has a shiftable two-speed gearbox that gives drivers the option of using a crawler gear when off-roading.

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