2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4x4 Squared SUV
2018 G550 4x4 Squared, 852 miles, Ultra Rare Designo Desert Sand Color, 1 Owner
Only 300 4x4 Squared G Wagons were shipped into the USA and Designo Desert Sand is one of the rarest if not the rarest color.
This 2018 4x4 Squared has traveled just 852 miles and is in as-new condition.
The 4X4 Square is considered by many to be an excellent collectible and the rarity of Desert Stand separate this one even more so. This one owner Certified Carfax is complete with both keys, owners' manuals and original window sticker.
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About the G Wagon
The G-wagon is characterized by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It uses three fully locking differentials, one of the few vehicles to have such a feature. The G-Class is one of the longest produced Mercedes-Benz in Daimler's history, with a span of 35 years.
Development started in 1972, focusing on off-road abilities and maximum safety and comfort; with a cooperative agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. Mercedes-Benz engineers in Stuttgart were in charge of design and testing, while the team in Graz developed the production plans. The first wooden model was presented to Daimler-Benz management in 1973, with the first drivable prototype beginning various testing including German coalfields, the Sahara Desert, and the Arctic Circle in 1974.
Construction commenced on a new production facility in Graz, where the new cross-country vehicle would be assembled nearly entirely by hand in 1975, with production of the "G Model" beginning in Graz in 1979. In 1980, the Vatican took delivery of a specially made G-Wagon outfitted with a clear thermoplastic top which served as the Popemobile. The “Papa G” later took up permanent residence at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran to Mercedes and offered as a civilian version in 1979. In this role it is sometimes referred to as the "Wolf". The Peugeot P4 was a variant made under license in France with a Peugeot engine. The first military in the world to use it was the Argentine Army beginning in 1981 with the military model 461.
It was not available from Mercedes-Benz in the United States until 2002, although this was preceded by a grey-market where even basic models commanded six-figure prices in the 1990s.
It was launched in 2002 as the Mercedes-Benz G500 with a V-8 petrol engine and achieved 3,114 sales that year. This eventually tapered down to less than 1,000 models sold in some years.
However, in the 2010s, sales began to increase again surpassing the 3,000 mark in 2014 and in 2015, it sold more than during its launch year; with 3,616 sold that year. In 2016 this increased to 3950 in the United States.
Many iterations of the G-Wagon have been produced, most recently the G550 4X4 Squared.
4×4² was an earlier concept vehicle brought into production in 2015. The vehicle was fitted with 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine delivering 416 bhp and 450 lb ft of torque. The model combines the body of a regular long-wheelbase Mercedes G-wagon with the portal gear axles of the much larger Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6. This version also has a wider track compared to regular model.
G500 4×4² has three differentials and seven-speed automatic gear box with a ground clearance of 410mm. The car was launched at the Geneva motor show 2015. The name of the show car G 500 4×4² version was Extreme-G, and the positive response to this concept helped endorse the development of the production version.
Although exact production numbers have not been officially released, it is estimated that 500 units were produced world wide with approximately 300 units coming to the US, making this an extremely rare vehicle.
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