New information from Germany reveals many details about the Mercedes EQG, the future electric version of the G-Class.
As Mercedes continues with on-road (and off-road) development testing in the interest of sale of EQG planned for 2024, some details are appearing about it in the German media. This 100% electric version of the G-Class, previously shown with a concept car in 2021, is also shown in a form close to the series, which is still hidden.
Electric, but above all off road
According to these sources from across the Rhine, the EQG will be offered with two powertrains to choose from, with power levels and range still unknown. It can produce more than 600 hp. The roadster will have a four-wheel drive and a steering wheel, each powered by an electric motor. The “G-Turn” mode that can be activated via a special button will make it possible, on terrain with low grip and thanks to the transmission of torque as much as it happens instantly, to support the car by turning the wheels around. side in front and those on the other side behind.
The EQG will retain the G-Class’ hot-crossing capabilities, including angles of attack and departure greater than 35° as well as the ability to climb slopes at 80% gradients. The battery, placed inside the chassis of the ladder, will contribute to its rigidity and will lower the center of gravity of the vehicle. It will be protected by a carbon/kevlar plate. In 2020, Mercedes tested the solutions offered by crossing the electric car on board the EQC 4×4² prototype.
A new type of EQG battery
The 107.6 kWh battery of the EQE and EQS, two models with more than 3 m of wheelbase, can be very interesting to find its place in the 2.89 meters that separate the axles of Class G. But to give a generous amount, The EQG will be able to rely on a new type of collector, with a high silicon content anode manufactured by the American Seal company. Tested on the EQXX model, this battery is made up of cells that provide an energy density of around 800 Wh/l. In addition, its designers announce the division by a third of the payment time (from 10 to 80%) on the fast terminal. After several years of development, this technology can now be sold based on the Seal, and the EQG will be the first production vehicle to benefit from it. However, this should not be released before 2025. In its first year of operation, the 4 x 4 will therefore have to be satisfied with the most common equipment.
Also new for the hot G-Class
The launch of the Mercedes EQG will be accompanied by a facelift of the hot G-Class. On this occasion, a range of model engines should be reviewed. The V8 can pass a limited hybridand being the exclusive right of the G 63 with the AMG badge, surprised in the test of the photographer Stéphan Barral.
The G 500’s eight-cylinder can give way to the six-cylinder hybrid already offered on other models of the brand. “Phase 2” of the second-generation Mercedes G-Class will still be produced in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr, whose contract with Mercedes has been extended by four years until 2029.
Sources: Mercedes, Silas, JESMB, MB passion