Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz has revealed an electric concept version of its boxy luxury off-roader, the G-Wagen, complete with shining accents and moon rover-style wheels.
Mercedes-Benz, officially known as the Concept EQG, provided few details about the electric SUV while displaying it at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich. It made no mention of range estimates, battery size, or the power output of the electric motors. It will, however, be all-wheel drive, with a low and high gear. Those wheels also are 22 inches in diameter.
Instead, the Concept EQG is more of a design exercise right now, a first attempt at how Mercedes-Benz might modify the new generation of the G-Class, which was first revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and something to gawk at until a production version arrives.
However, it is an impressive first attempt. Mercedes-Benz used the same two-tone paint job on the first editions of its electric EQS sedan for the EQG. The illuminated grille that the company has been experimenting with on other concepts and production vehicles finally looks right.
When a production EQG arrives, it will join an ever-growing field of electric vehicles capable of handling rough terrain. General Motors has resurrected the Hummer brand and is producing two all-electric models: an SUV and a pickup truck. Rivian, an electric vehicle startup, is about to release its first pickup truck, with an SUV following later this year. Ford has even hinted that an all-electric version of its recently resurrected Bronco SUV will be available in the future.
The G-Wagen has always been as much about being a status symbol vehicle as it has about going off-road, so expect the production EQG to be loaded with all of the same features that Mercedes-Benz has been rolling out in its newest, most expensive vehicles, such as the EQS sedan. And if Mercedes-Benz can give the EQG the same range and performance as its EQS and EQE sedans on the company’s new electric vehicle platform, the electric G-Wagen could be something to see.