We know that Mercedes has been working on the electric G-Class for some time. At the end of 2020, the automaker announced that the G-Class would receive an all-electric variant. A concept debuted in 2021, but the production version won’t arrive until the 2024 model year. Development continues on the SUV, with a new spy video capturing testing of the square off-roader in the snow.
Our latest EQG spy photos showed the SUV starting to lose some of the camouflage that hid its design. However, the test vehicle in the video above wears an inventive full blue wrap. It looks a lot like the concept, which looked a lot like the regular G-Class, which extends to other aspects of the SUV.
Our spy photographers have already captured the interior of the EV, and it looks just like the interior you’d find on the petrol equivalent. There are some EV-specific keys, like fewer physical controls and dedicated buttons for certain functions, but the layout is the same. The example also had a flat-bottomed steering wheel, possibly indicating that it was one of the performance variants, which are harder to identify without AMG’s quad tailpipes protruding at the ‘back.
We don’t have full powertrain details yet, but we do know that the SUV will have a four-motor setup – one at each wheel. This will allow the EQG to perform a tank turn. We know the model will ride on a modified ladder frame chassis designed to fit the EQ battery and electric motors, which Mercedes will protect with carbon-Kevlar underbody panels. However, details on power output and range remain a mystery.
We’re probably still several months away from the reveal of the EQG. The electric G-Class would go on sale sometime in 2024, so we should see it drop from the cover before the end of the year as the automaker continues to expand its lineup of electric vehicles. The EQG is not the official name of the model, and a report indicates that Mercedes may remove the EQ brand from its vehicles, starting with the electric G-Class as electric vehicles become more widespread.