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Monday, September 6, 2021

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Ready To Go All-Electric With EQG Concept


With the Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz presents the near-production study of an all-electric model variant of its off-road icon. Visually, it combines both the striking looks of the G-Class with new elements from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ all-electric family (the contrasting highlights to name one). In addition, it will have the typical 4x4 qualities of the G, but will electrified and further development in some areas.

The Concept EQG is also very much in the design tradition of the model series and can be recognized at first glance as a G-Class. The near-production study adopts the G-Class’ angular silhouette including its iconic elements. Illuminated stripes make the robust exterior protective strips stand out visually.

The front view of the Concept EQG looks familiar, but swaps its radiator grille for a continuous deep black panel. An all-round illuminated band wraps it, which, alongside the white illuminated circles in the exterior mirror housings, complements the daytime running light graphic of the headlights.



The Concept EQG rides on 22-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels in an exclusive design. Instead of the usual spare wheel cover, there is a lockable box with white illuminated accents on the rear door, whose design is reminiscent of a wall box. This could be used, for example, to store the charging cable within easy reach.

Another highlight of the exterior design is the flat roof rack in high-gloss black. The central element of its minimalist design is the centrally shaped “G”, which is unmistakable in the top view. The white LED strip integrated into the front edge of the roof rack is a modern interpretation of the searchlight indispensable for demanding off-road adventures – and thus underlines the seriousness of the Concept EQG in this area: not despite of, but precisely because of its all-electric drive. Another LED strip in red finish forms the rear end of the roof rack.

The Concept EQG is clearly a “G” not only in terms of design, but it is an uncompromising off-roader as well. Its body is also based on the robust ladder frame. The chassis design remains extremely off-road capable, as is typical of the G-Class: with independent suspension on the front axle and a rigid axle at the rear, newly developed for the integration of the electric drive. With four electric motors close to the wheels and individually controllable, the vehicle will offer unique driving characteristics both on- and off-road. As with any real 4x4, the Concept EQG’s off-road reduction can be activated via a shiftable 2-speed gearbox in order to meet the high “G”-specific off-road requirements with confidence.



Equipped in this way, the fully electrically powered version of the G-Class will of course face the legendary test track on the 1,445-meter high Schöckl mountain in Graz at the end of its development into a series model. Peppered with gradients of up to 60 degrees, the 5.6-kilometer route has always been regarded in the international off-road scene as one of the world’s greatest challenges for man and technology. After successfully conquering it, the electric “G” will also be able to adorn itself with the “Schöckl proved” quality certificate that is obligatory for the 463 series. And like its conventionally-driven brothers, it will also shine with a climbing capacity of up to 100 per cent on suitable ground.

The design advantages of the electric drive also play into its favor, making it ideally suited for off-road vehicles and ambitious off-road operations. The batteries integrated into the ladder frame ensure a low center of gravity. Since the electric motors provide their maximum torque practically with the first revolution, an all-electric off-road vehicle like the Concept EQG and the later production model boast enormous pulling power and controllability – which also proves to be an advantage on steep slopes and deep terrain.

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