Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG previews the electric G-Wagen
The Concept EQG is a near-production version of an all-electric version of Mercedes-Benz’s iconic G-Wagen.
While displaying the electric SUV at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show in Munich, Mercedes-Benz kept the facts about it to a minimum. It made no indication of range estimations, battery capacity, or the electric motors’ power output.
The concept car’s design mixes the G’s class’s look with selected design characteristics typical of Mercedes’ all-electric cars. Merc further believes that the G’s 4×4 qualities, which have traditionally set the standard high, would not only survive but also be improved in certain ways in the age of electric mobility.
At the front, the Concept EQG is instantly recognisable, due to its decades-old circular headlamp design. Instead of a radiator grille like the conventionally powered model, this all-electric form sports a continuous deep black radiator grille.
This grille is enhanced by a lit star with a 3D effect. The characteristic blue of the Mercedes EQ vehicles has a dynamic pattern of “round squares” that makes a visual link around it.
The chassis, which is typical of the G-Wagen, is extremely off-road capable, with independent suspension on the front axle and a stiff axle in the back, which was designed particularly for the integration of the electric motor. Thanks to four electric motors that are close to the wheels and individually operated, the vehicle will have distinct on- and off-road driving characteristics.
Off-roading on the Concept EQG is activated by a shiftable 2-speed gearbox, much like any genuine 4×4, allowing it to safely manage the high G-specific off-road needs.
This electric G-Wagen benefits from the electric drive’s design advantages as well. The batteries built into the ladder frame, according to Mercedes-Benz, guarantee a low centre of gravity.
What makes the Mercedes G-Wagen so popular among the rich is its characteristic boxy shape. Aside from being a very competent offroader, the G has evolved into a prestige symbol for celebrities throughout the years. Merc has no choice but to make the G-Wagen future-proof, which is why they have developed the EQG.