Mercedes-Benz revealed that there are plans for the electrified version of the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class sport utility vehicle. The official announcement came from Daimler CEO Ola Källenius during his speech at the Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin last Thursday according to a tweet from Sasha Pallenberg, the company’s spokesman. The Twitter post also mentioned that the German automaker was at some point mulling on the discontinuity of the G-Class range.
Since we are talking about a Mercedes electric vehicle here, the electrified G-Class will surely fall under the EQ range of the brand. Basing on the trend of naming the vehicles under the electric badge, the EV based on the G-Class might be called the Mercedes-Benz EQG.
Although no timeframe for the product was mentioned by Källenius, it might take a long time before we see the EQG. The main problem seen in the plan right now is the large built of the boxy G-Class. The overall weight of the unit may require a considerable amount of power, so the three-pointed star brand will have to wait until their battery technology is capable of fulfilling the ideal kilowatt-hour rating needed by the SUV. Therefore, don’t expect that the EQG will be included in the 10 EV models that Mercedes is targeting up to the end of 2022.
What is more feasible though is a plug-in hybrid model of the G-Class before a fully-electrified version of it will be made. It could be integrated first into the AMG variant of the model as a boost to its V8 engine.
Aftermarket Option for a Mercedes-Benz G-Class EV
An aftermarket tuner Keisel has successfully converted the G-Class into an EV. They equipped the auto with an 80 kWh battery and an electric motor for each of its axle. The setup resulted in a total output of 482 hp for the vehicle. However, it should be noted that they only successfully integrated their system with the older models of the SUV, so it remains to be seen if they are capable of electrifying the new G-Class.
End of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Surprisingly, the Daimler boss claimed too that Mercedes considered scrapping the G-Class before. But then again, he ensured that it is here to stay under his watch.