Mercedes-Benz was spotted testing a crew cab pickup truck variant of the G500 4×4², or G-Class Squared, deep in snowy Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland.
It’s a heavy-duty yet sporty version of the iconic last edition G-class before the next generation will be launched in 2019.
Compared to the “normal” G500 4×4², this pickup will grow in length and wheelbase and will comfortably sit four people while also offering an open loading space behind the cabin, though a relatively short one.
Like its boxy stable mate, the pickup will be powered by a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 422 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque. It will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Expect a price tag of around $265,000 when it arrives stateside.
Mercedes-Benz said last year that it would begin to develop pickup trucks. But the German automaker said it would start by selling a midsize pickup truck late next year in parts of Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia. It’s undecided on whether to bring the new truck to the U.S.
The midsize pickup will be called the X-Class and will be aimed at what is considered the classic pickup driver. Mercedes said it will be “tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability.” Mercedes also said it would be build a tricked-out, luxury-oriented version of the truck.
The company has not revealed any official plans for the boulder and ice crawler such as the G500 it was spotted testing in the tundra.
But Mercedes has confirmed investing at least $1 billion in pickup truck development.
Editor’s note: Photos and story by Brian Williams for Trucks.com.