As previously reported, an electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class is currently being primed for production as part of Daimler’s EV offensive. Set to be revealed in concept guise at this year’s IAA, we now have some new information regarding the next step for this heritage SUV.
Based on information sourced by Autocar, it’s suggested that a production-ready example of an electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be available by 2024 and bear the EQG moniker. By this point, it’s likely that most cars offered by Mercedes-Benz will be electrified in some way.
For the show car that will be unveiled in Munich fairly soon, consumers will get their first look at how the electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be restyled and reconfigured for the age of electrification. The design that we’ll get to see will closely represent the final product both inside and out much like how the EQS concept did.
Considering that the design philosophy of the G-Class has remained largely unaffected throughout its 42 year history, it’s unlikely that the all-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will break away from the rugged two-box design structure. What it will introduce is a number of modern design cues that fall in line with the current EQ philosophy. This includes a new single-piece grille, more aerodynamic wheels, modern head- and taillamps clusters and a revamped rear fascia to distinguish the EQ model from the traditional ICE G-Class.
In order to retain its off-road heritage, it’s also hinted that the electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will retain its ladder-frame chassis rather than adopt the group’s EVA architecture. The aim is for this setup to be complemented by the high torque and instant acceleration provided by an electric powertrain, thus allowing the product to stay true to its go-anywhere ethos. This platform will be adapted to accommodate a 107,8 kWh battery pack by extending the wheelbase.
Unlike the original model that was sold decades ago, the electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be a premium offering and advertised as a luxurious adventurer.