The Mercedes-Benz EQG concept SUV is a fully electric interpretation of the Mercedes G-Class SUV. The SUV shares the boxy shape of the G-Class. The engineers also copied the G-Class’s jutting door handles and carefully recreated the same “thunk” created by the G-Class’s doors when closed. Instead of a spare tire mounted on the EQG’s tailgate, there’s a storage box that can hold the charging cable.
Mercedes plans to produce a vehicle based on this concept, and announced that it Will even drive it through the same Austrian mountain off-road course where the internal combustion-powered G-Class model is tested. According to Mercedes, each wheel of the EQG is powered by its own electric motor, allowing for maximum four-wheel-drive control.
Mercedes also revealed the Mercedes-Maybach EQS, a large luxury SUV meant mostly for on-road use. Mecedes-Maybach is the automaker’s ultra-luxury sub-brand with models and prices that compete against brands like Bentley.
Like the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan, the Maybach EQS SUV features a glass panel that covers the entire dashboard and gives the impression of a giant touchscreen. On the outside, it gets a two-tone paint job, an option on the Mercedes-Maybach model. Like the EQS electric sedan, the doors can open automatically when the driver approaches. Mercedes has announced that it intends to put a large electric SUV, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, into production in 2022. The Maybach SUV will be based on the same.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS, also revealed on Sunday, is a high-performance version of the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan. Mercedes-AMG is a high performance sub-brand of Mercedes. Not just a concept car, this will be the first fully electric AMG production model.
It has two high-performance electric motors, one each for the front and rear wheels, producing a total of 649 horsepower. Power output can briefly reach 751 horsepower using a special race start mode. According to Mercedes, the car’s electric motors were specifically designed for the high-end usage performance demands.
Mercedes designers also created special sounds for what would otherwise be a largely silent driving experience. The sound, which is produced both inside and outside the vehicle, can vary depending on the driving mode, such as Comfort, Sport or Sport+. In Sport, it’s a gentle hum with an added jet-like overtone during acceleration. In the Sport+ it hints at the subtle rumble of an internal combustion engine.