Mercedes is bringing a variety of new products to IAA 2021 in Munich this week and what we weren’t quite expecting is the EQG concept that will put Mercedes on its way to electrify its G-series off-road lineup.
If you’re looking for details, unfortunately the Mercedes AWD EQG is tight on the spec sheet. Due to the increased drag of the off-roader you can probably expect a similarly sized battery as the EQS line with over 100kWh of 200-300 mile range. Today’s unveiling is mainly about the off-road Mercedes spec with all the benefits of eye candy and electrification.
With the Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz presents a near-production study of the all-electric model version of its utilitarian off-road icon. Visually, the concept car combines the unmistakably alluring look of the G-Class with the distinctive design elements of Mercedes’ all-electric model in the form of contrast highlights. The 4×4 properties of the “G”, which have always set the highest standards, will not only find their way into the era of electric mobility, but will be further developed in some areas. The Concept EQG thus offers a promising preview of what the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be able to do with a battery-electric drive.
You’ll notice 22-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels, a roof-mounted lightbar reminiscent of Tesla’s Cybertruck, and a distinctive look that pays homage to the G-Class lineup, under the closed grille, similar to the EQS in the gallery. but is actually a futuristic version of himself.
Classic G-Class design language with quotes from Mercedes-EQ Design
The Concept EQG is also very much in the design tradition of the model range and can be identified as the G-Class at first glance. The near-production study adopts the G-Class’s angular silhouette including its iconic elements. Illuminated straps make the sturdy outer protective straps stand out from sight. The distinct edge of the attractive two-tone paint finish – gloss black above, gloss aluminum beam below – runs directly into the area of the front end under the upper bonnet, thus emphasizing this design feature more clearly.
The front sight of the Concept EQG looks familiar, not least because of the distinctive round headlights. Instead of a radiator grille, as in the conventionally powered model versions, this all-electric variant has a continuous dark black radiator grille. In this black panel grille, an illuminated star with 3D effect sets an attractive accent. Around it, the animated pattern of “round squares” (squirrel patterns) in the familiar blue color of the Mercedes-EQ model creates a visual link. An all-round illuminated band wraps the black panel, which, along with circles of white light in the exterior mirror housings, complements the headlights’ daytime running light graphic.
Mercedes had some fun with the announcement with a “Lost in Space Meets Star Trek” promotion.
What’s next for EQG?
Equipped as such, a fully electrically powered version of the G-Class would surely face the legendary test track at the 1445-metre-high Skökal mountain in Graz, eventually being developed into a series model. Filled with gradients of up to 60 degrees, the 5.6-kilometer route has always been regarded as one of the world’s greatest challenges to man and technology in the international off-road landscape. After successfully conquering it, the electric “G” will be able to adorn itself with the “Shock Proven” quality certificate which is mandatory for the 463 series. And like its more traditionally powered brethren, it will also shine with up to 100 percent climbing ability on suitable ground.
NGL I didn’t see it coming. We were expecting the EQS and Mercedes’ AMG and Maybach versions to be delivered there, but we thought the G-Series would be the last from Mercedes to be electrified.
It is still early days and the G-series is far from a high-volume product but it is the kind of lust-worthy vehicle that will be the Halo product on the road to electrification. Sure, these insanely rich football moms and mid-life woes will never get them off the asphalt, but you get the idea.
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