For context: you could cross the Sahara in this thing
The G-wagen (as it's often called) is the stuff of legend. Seriously, if any vehicle can disentangle itself from a small, muddy pit, it's a member of the vaunted G-Class family. The G-Class evolved from a military-grade German Jeep built to tackle any terrain and handle any type of situation. It proved so successful, it's barely been changed since it was introduced in 1979, save for making it more luxurious. It's rightly secured its place on top of the mountain, alongside the most esteemed Defenders, Land Cruisers, and Jeeps.
The G550 in particular has a four-wheel-drive system that's so respected and distinct, Mercedes-Benz doesn't even refer to it as 4MATIC, as it does on its less intense AWD offerings. The G-Class offers ample ground clearance, low-range gearing to help with intense off-roading, and three locking differentials to distribute power to the wheels in the most effective way possible, just in case things gets hairy. Three!
Translation: One does not simply get a G-wagen stuck. Usually.
We were anticipating an epic splash...
... and ended up with, uh, not that. We wanted a shot of the G550 reigning supreme over nature, downright excited to exploit the new, twin-turbo V8 -- which it shares with the mighty AMG GT supercar. Could we turn this puddle into our own Dakar rally stage? Was this going to be our own unique brand of the Easter Jeep Safari?
My co-driver went for it... there was no splash. Our dreams of a grand entrance and killer photo op were abruptly derailed; giving the G550 some gas did little more than spin its wheels. We were stuck.