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April 24, 2024

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class Goes All-Electric

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the first all-electric G-Class. Available in the G 580 trim, the official model designation is quite a mouthful: Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ Technology (we’d be calling it the G 580 EQ from this point on).

The G 580 EQ continues to use a ladder frame, but the location of the 116-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (nestled between the frame and body) ensures a low center of gravity. It’s also protected from water and dirt intrusion because it’s housed in a torsion-resistant casing. It also has extensive under body protection too from various materials including carbon.

All in all, Mercedes-Benz says the G 580 EQ offers 473 of all-electric range.

The all-electric G-Class is powered by four individually controlled motors located near the wheels. Integrated into the ladder frame, they develop a combined 587 horsepower (432 kW) and 1,164 Nm of torque.

What’s more, it also has a selectable low-range gear reduction and virtual differential locks to help it maximize traction. According to Mercedes-Benz, this helps the G-Class EV climb 100 percent grades, handle 35-degree lateral slopes, and ford through water that’s 850 mm deep—more than the gas-powered G-Class models.

The G 580 EQ also has unique driving functions for off-road use like G-Turn and G-Steering.

G-Turn allows the luxury SUV to rotate while stationary, using its four independently driven wheels. That said, there are three caveats. First, it can only be done on a suitably loose surface. Then, the driver needs to follow the exact procedural steps for it to work. Lastly, it will only do two complete turns before the function is deactivated.

Meanwhile, G-Steering uses all four motors at each wheel to drastically reduce its turning radius. It can only be used in low-range with its Rock mode engaged, and at low speeds.

Compared to the regular G-Class, it has a slightly raised hood, new A-pillar trim, spoiler lip on the roof and so-called “air curtains” in the rear wheel-arch flares that contribute to optimized aerodynamics and interior aeroacoustics. The spare tire cover also houses the charging cable.

Inside, there’s a redesigned off-road control unit with a new Offroad Cockpit and “transparent hood” display for better off-road visibility. The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system and a 12.3-inch driver and media display with touch controls are standard.

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