Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the iconic Mercedes G-Class will spawn an electric version, likely to carry the Mercedes EQG moniker.
Just like every other car maker, Mercedes is busy electrifying its cars, but it can make no greater statement of intent in that direction than to create an electric version of the iconic G-Class. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
The announcement doesn’t come via a press release from Mercedes but by a Tweet from Daimler’s Head of Digital, Sascha Pallenberg, taking to Twitter to share the news:
#Daimler CEO Källenius: ”There will be a zero-emission #EV version of the #MercedesBenz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I'd say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class" #AMWKongress #eMobility pic.twitter.com/tAS6tzpR3Y
— Sascha Pallenberg ??? (@sascha_p) November 7, 2019
Just when Mercedes will get round to delivering the electric version of the new G-Class – which only debuted last year – there’s no indication, but what seems all but certain is that it will carry the Mercedes EQG moniker, joining the EQC and EQV as well as other upcoming EQ Mercedes.
The very least we can expect from the EQG’s electric powertrain is probably the same electric powertrain underpinning the EQC, which has an 80kWh battery pack powering a pair of electric motors good for 403bhp and 560lb/ft of torque. Although, considering the size and weight of the ICE G-Class, Mercedes could offer a chunk more in the EQG to offset the weight of the batteries.
We had thought there’s be a plug-in hybrid version of the G-Wagen at some point, but it’s now possible Mercedes will miss out that step altogether and go straight to a full BEV G-Class to take on competition on the horizon.