The head of Daimler has confirmed Mercedes-Benz plans to offer the G-Class in electric guise “in a few years”.

Speaking to CarsGuide, Ola Källenius, who is both Daimler boss and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, confirmed plans to go the electric route with the iconic Geländewagen, a vehicle he described as being like “its own company”.

“People love this car. We had record-breaking sales of the new G last year [2019] as we had rolled out the full production of the completed updated G,” Källenius told the Australian publication.

“Yes, the G is going to go electric. We’ve kicked off the concept work on this, so in a few years you will be able to go electric with the G as well. Modern luxury is going to be sustainable modern luxury,” he added.

In South Africa, the G-Class is currently offered with a choice of engines: a 3,0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel in the G400d and a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 in the Mercedes-AMG G63.