Mercedes-Benz is undergoing a major transformation. By 2030, the German automaker will be an electric-only brand. Next month, Mercedes will preview its electric future at the Munich Motor Show, where the new electric Mercedes EQE sedan, which slots below the EQS, will make its world debut.
Joining it will be a concept version of the upcoming Maybach EQS SUV. However, according to reports, this isn’t the only electric concept Mercedes is bringing to Munich. Rumors have claimed that an electric Mercedes G-Class concept will be shown, and now Autocar has uncovered more details about the electric off-roader.
According to Autocar, the design of the concept will closely resemble the production model due to arrive in 2024 badged as the EQG. Like the EQB crossover, the EQG will be distinguished by a closed-off grille. Other styling tweaks such as new wheel designs, a modified rear, and restyled lights will also set it apart from the combustion-powered G-Class, but the familiar boxy design will carry over.
Thankfully, the G-Class won’t lose any of its renowned off-road capability in its transition to an EV. While other Mercedes EQ models like the EQS and EQE are underpinned by a dedicated electric EVA platform, the Mercedes EQG is expected to retain the same body-on-frame platform and ladder-frame chassis as the G-Class. Reportedly, the EQG’s extended wheelbase will allow room for a 107.8kWh battery pack from the EQS. Trademark filings for the EQG 560 and EQG 580 names suggest the electric off-roader will be offered with the same dual motor setup generating a combined 516 hp and 611 lb-ft of torque as the range-topping EQS.
Range details are unknown at this point, but the off-roader’s boxy shape will make it far less aerodynamically efficient than its EQS sibling. For reference, the EQS will travel up to 478 miles on a single charge based on WLTP estimates. Naturally, all-wheel drive will be standard to improve traction while navigating tricky terrain. Rear wheel steering could also be in the cards to improve maneuverability, while the instant torque from the electric powertrain will make the EQG well-suited for the demands of driving off-road.
Since it will be positioned as a luxury off-roader, the EQG’s high-tech cabin will feature the latest MBUX infotainment system, large touchscreens, and a fully digital gauge cluster, though it remains to be seen if it will be available with the 56-inch Hyperscreen. Expect to pay a premium over the combustion-powered G-Class, which starts at $131,750. We’ll find out more details when the Mercedes EQG concept allegedly debuts at the Munich Motor Show, which starts on September 7th.