• What do Mercedes G550 4×4 Squared and Chevy Suburban Midnight Have in Common? (Video)

    What do the Mercedes G550 4×4 Squared and the Chevy Suburban Midnight edition have in common? They are both great Los Angeles cruisers that we used during the 2017 LA Auto Show, or are they? These two SUVs can carry a few people and make a strong statement, but similarities end there.

    The G550 4×4 Squared is a bonkers luxury off-roader with portal axles, nearly 18 inches of ground clearance, giant tires, eight shocks, a powerful twin-turbo V8, and carbon fiber trim. The Suburban Midnight edition is a blacked out mainstay of large American SUVs that can carry a large crew and all of their stuff.

    These two really have very little in common, but it did not stop Roman and Nathan to take these two up “the snake” – a twisty stretch of the Mulholland highway west of Los Angeles. These trucks can cruise a highway, the Mercedes can tackle big obstacles off-road, but how do they handle a canyon road? Check out the video below.

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    Andre Smirnov
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    9 thoughts on “What do Mercedes G550 4×4 Squared and Chevy Suburban Midnight Have in Common? (Video)

    1. Suburban is still a nice vehicle but this one just looks way too plain, looks like a guy in a garage spray painted it and stuck a Suburban emblem on it. The Mercedes is a cool truck for the rich but with no remote start option and 232 grand, epic fail.

    2. Black wheels are ugly, can’t wait until that trend dies. From more then 15 feet away you can’t see the design of the wheel and you may as well be running steelie spares.

    3. Never been a huge fan of black. If I won the lottery G Wagon it would be and first stop would be Midas to get the exhaust re-worked so it would not get ripped out first trip off-road. Can you imagine wheeling a G Wagon all the time. Your fellow wheelers would certainly know your ship had landed.

      1. I’ve been offroad in G-Wagons. Some dealers used to take buyers out as an aftersale promotion/service. No doubt hoping to sell obscenely priced aftermarket stuff.

        The US lineup is not really kitted out for US style recreational wheeling. And the aftermarket just doesn’t exists the way it does for Wranglers and 4Runners. The basic car is also not a great technical wheeler. Too stiff, not enough articulation and too small wheels / low ground clearance. More of a Land Cruiser type “last forever banging about on shitty roads and moderate trails” type vehicle. Except the US sold versions have too much fancy stuff, too big rims and too skinny sidewalls, to last all that long in that environment. But the original diesel strippers were solid. The platform itself is sound, and has been basically anywhere you’d take a vehicle like that.

        This portal axle version does address some/many of the above issues, but it’s still more of a showcase for Unimog style axles and an exercise in bench-wheeling bling, than anything truly practical for a dedicated wheeler.

        Celebs may drive them, but the main reason for its haute LA nightlife association, is the wealthy, and to some extent still Shah obsessed, Persian community there. Mercedes originally designed it on request from the Shah for something like an Iranian Willys (nothing but a Benz for those guys….), but I’m not sure if any of them were ever delivered, before the Shah no longer had a military…. But, kind of like how some wealthy Vietnamese immigrants insisted on speaking French in diaspora after they escaped the communists; for some Persians, the car still serves as a symbol of belonging to a place and social strata that is no more; rather than just a display of grotesque, conspicuous consumption for its own sake.

    4. TFLT: “What do Mercedes g550 4×4 squared and Chevy Suburban midnight have in common?”

      ANS: Not much. 4 wheels? Otherwise, slow day at the (LA) office? (^_^)…


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