Mercedes teases electric G-Class ahead of April 24 debut

Max McDee, 08 April 2024

The iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class, synonymous with rugged luxury and off-road prowess, is venturing into the electric age. Set to debut on April 24 at the Beijing Auto Show, the EQG promises a blend of classic G-Class capabilities and innovative electric powertrain.

The all-electric reincarnation of the classic G-Class will be sold as Mercedes G580 and will debut alongside the new hybrid AMG GT, and a refreshed EQS. The new electric CLA will be shown for the first time in China as well.

Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius recently gave us a glimpse of the EQG's potential during an icy escapade in his native Sweden. The video showcases the electric G-Class tackling various winter driving challenges at the company's testing facility, demonstrating the vehicle's impressive handling and traction.

One of the most captivating bits, and something unique to EVs was the EQG's ability to perform those incredible tank turns. This maneuver leverages the precise control offered by its individual motor setup, where each wheel receives independent power. Not only does this technology benefit off-road exploration, but it also enhances on-road stability and agility.

The EQG's electric heart brings several advantages to its legendary off-roading heritage. Improved approach and departure angles (32 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively), as well as a slight increase in ground clearance (9.8 inches), suggest enhanced offroading abilities compared to its gas-powered sibling.

While the full technical specs are still under wraps, Mercedes-Benz engineers have emphasized that the EQG is no halfhearted electrification attempt. This electric G-Class is designed from the ground up to conquer demanding trails without sacrificing the model's revered off-road identity.

Mercedes-Benz EQG teases off-road thrills

Kallenius also put the EQG through its paces on snow and ice, where the electric SUV maintained remarkable composure. While a bit of opposite-lock drifting was undoubtedly fun for the CEO, the focus was, og course, the EQG's sophisticated traction control systems. It works with the individual motors, distributing torque to maximize grip.


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