Electric Mercedes G-Class may appear at IAA in Munich as EQG concept

Electric Mercedes G-Class may appear at IAA in Munich as EQG concept

July 19, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Mercedes never tires of repeating that the G-Class is “stronger than time.” To survive in the era of electric vehicles, Geländewagen must adapt to electrification and abandon internal combustion engines.

Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius originally announced the G-Class back in November 2019 and confirmed the EV in March 2020. A year ago, he said that the novelty will appear “in a few years”

A new report from the German magazine mbpassionblog says that motorists will try the silent G-Class for the first time in early September at the IAA in Munich. The EQG concept is expected to be showcased at the show for a preview of the production model, which will arrive either next year or 2023.

Confirmed specs are not available at the moment, but it’s safe to assume the SUV will get two electric motors and all-wheel drive.

The EQG will not be a dedicated electric vehicle as is the case with the flagship EQS and the upcoming EQE. Both models will receive electric versions of the SUVs. Instead, the EQG will take the form of an electrical adaptation of the G-Class internal combustion engine. It is said to have all the off-road features of a traditional powered model, as well as a large 108 kWh battery. On a single charge, the model will be able to travel 500 km.

The two electric motors are rumored to deliver over 500 horsepower in total. The diesel G350d already weighs 2351 kilograms, while the AMG G63 weighs 2650 kg. Will the EQG be able to overcome the 3000 kg mark? This is possible, especially after installing such a huge battery.

Based on recent trademark filings with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office, Mercedes is preparing the electric G-Class versions of the EQG 560 and EQG 580. The brand originally registered EQG with EUIPO back in 2016, so work has been going on for a long time to convert the SUV into an electric car.