One of the pillars for the future of Mercedes is electrification and the German brand has just announced that next year it will have 100% electric vehicles in all the segments in which it operates. Likewise, the star firm has ensured that by 2025 all newly developed vehicle platforms will be exclusively electric, at the same time announcing the arrival of a very special model: a battery-powered G-Class.
A model that has finally been shown at the IAA in Munich as a juicy preview as a concept of what the future Mercedes EQG will be.
True to the essence of the G-Class
A model that from what we can see in this Mercedes Concept EQG - which from what Mercedes says is a model that is already very close to production - will always remain very faithful to the classic forms of the Mercedes G-Class, with its well-known LED headlights. Similar to those of the last G-class and a body similar in shape but with certain details that reveal the electric nature of this model, such as its closed and illuminated grille called Black Panel in the style of a Mercedes EQ -with a three-pointed star. inside with a three-dimensional effect - just like the traditional bands that shape the model's waist. Also your new mirrors or the front of the luggage rack. They provide extra brightness with modern LED technology.
Another distinctive element is its new polished aluminum alloy wheels with an almost closed design and a size of 22 inches, to which it is added at the rear, in the area where the spare wheel was usually a kind of box with a design reminiscent of a Wallbox in which you can store the charging socket to plug it in and fill your battery. The two-tone paint seen in other models such as the EQS finishes off a concept that will turn heads, even among its new production brothers.
As off-road as its burning brother
But its exterior design will not be the only thing in which it resembles the traditional model, and that is that Mercedes has made sure to make it clear that this Concept EQG will be as good off-road as the combustion G-Class, in fact, it still has a robust frame of cross members and the same structure of the undercarriage. All this with an independent suspension on the front axle wheels and a rigid rear axle, specifically developed to integrate your new electric powertrain, made up of a total of 4 electric motors, each on one wheel, that will work individually and that they will guarantee a first-class off-road behavior. In fact, its batteries are integrated into the frame of cross members to ensure a low center of gravity, while it is four electric motors will allow maximum force from the first second, although Mercedes has not yet specified figures.
With this base, Mercedes will shape a production version that will be fine-tuned at the famous Schöckl test site with its demanding 5.6 km off-road track.
Ready in 2024
On that production version we have been coming for a long time, but it was not until very recently that we have known its date of arrival on the market in 2024. It should be remembered that in April we echoed a related news item, specifically the registration by Mercedes of the EQG 560 and 580 names. For this reason, it is easy to imagine a propulsion system similar to that of the EQS 580, that is, with two electric motors, more than 500 horsepower, and a range that will exceed 700 kilometers.
The announcement of the arrival of the 100% electric Mercedes G-Class has been accompanied by another very interesting one, which is that next year SUV variants of both the EQS and the EQE will arrive, as well as a version of the first signed by Maybach.
Britta Seeger, Mercedes Head of Marketing and Sales said, next year we will introduce SUV versions of our EQE, as well as our EQS. All these cars will provide high-end, first-class comfort and impressive dynamics.
All of these vehicles will be based on Mercedes' EVA platform, a modular architecture that can accommodate a 100 kWh battery to offer very generous levels of autonomy.
Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz said, the transition to electric vehicles is accelerating, especially in the luxury segment in which Mercedes-Benz competes. The tipping point is getting closer and closer and we will be ready for markets to go exclusively electric by the end of this decade. This step involves a redistribution of capital. By managing this transformation quickly and safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure lasting success for our company.