Thanks to the power of electrification, the legendary G-Class SUV will live longer.
WHAT IT IS: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class luxury SUV will be electrified, initially as a hybrid, then as a completely electric car under the Mercedes-EQ brand.
WHY IT MATTERS: The boxy luxury SUV from Mercedes-Benz is a hot-ticket item among the wealthy. Some affluent circles, on the other hand, may regard thirsty gas-powered vehicles as social faux pas. Don’t fear, Geländewagen fans: the beloved G-Wagen will continue to play a role in the German brand’s lineup for many years to come.
In 2019, Daimler chairman and Benz CEO Ola Källenius stressed the G-strong Class’s commitment and announced plans for a zero-emissions version of the vehicle. Daimler AG, the parent business, has submitted an application to trademark the EQG580 and EQG560 names. We expect a hybrid model to fill the gap until the fully electric G makes its appearance, and will be the first electrified version of the SUV to hit the market. The macho electric SUV landscape is heating up with some appealing challengers, with the GMC Hummer EV SUV also set to production.
PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: There’s no indication yet on which gasoline-electric drivetrain combo will power the G-impending Class’s hybrid variant. To keep the G-Wagen at the top of the brand’s product selection, it could utilize a more powerful plug-in hybrid system than what’s currently offered elsewhere in the lineup.
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The best-in-class Mercedes EQG will most likely be driven by the same motors that power the Mercedes EQS580 4Matic, which is powered by two electric motors that create a combined 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. We expect the EQG to use the same 4Matic all-wheel-drive technology as the EQS. It’s unclear whether the EQG will be built on the same architecture as the G-Wagen or on a modified version of Mercedes’ EVA2 platform. In any case, the Mercedes EQG will have the same T-square design as the gas- and diesel-powered Gs.
ESTIMATED PRICE: The EQG580 4Matic is expected to start about $132,800, which is higher than the G550 but lower than the AMG G63, which starts at $157,550. The hybrid will most likely have basic pricing that is similar to that of the G550.