Mercedes-Benz G-Class | Source: TopGear

Electrifying the G Wagon: Anticipating the Mercedes EQG Electric G-Class

After much anticipation and speculation, Mercedes-Benz will finally preview the electrified version of its iconic G-Class SUV at the upcoming Munich Motor Show this September. While the preview won’t mirror the final production model, it will show how the G-Class will be reimagined by Mercedes as an EV.

In April this year, Mercedes-Benz filed for trademark applications in Europe for EQG 560 and EQG 580, tipping off the branding of the G Wagon EVs.

Featuring a new Hyperscreen infotainment system from the EQS model and a 108kWh battery pack to provide more than 540 kilometres of range, the EV G-Class is set to become the height of luxury SUVs. The iconic SUV will also achieve 0 to 60 mph, which is approximately 96km/h, in under five seconds.

The zero-emission G Wagon was confirmed back in 2019, making the announcement of the G-Class EV preview a highly-anticipated one. However, we also know that production isn’t due until 2024 so G Wagon fanatics will have to be patient. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz will be preparing for the rollout of a 4X4 sub-brand in response to the high demand for the G-branded vehicles.

And in response to discussions around eliminating the boxy model altogether, CEO of Daimler Ola K√§llenius suggested that the G Class will quite literally be the be-all and end all vehicle for Mercedes, tweeting “the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class”.

Short for Gel√§ndewagen which translates to “terrain vehicle”, the G Wagon has been turning heads since 1979. Recognised for its boxy appearance and unfortunately, its poor fuel economy, the G Class has become one of the most iconic and expensive SUVs on the market.

As a result of its large frame and powerful engine, the G-Class is unsurprisingly one of the worst polluting passenger vehicles on the market, making the EV version all the more necessary. Mercedes says that from 2022, it will offer a fully electric model in every segment.

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