Mercedes-Benz electric G-Wagen coming mid-2024, chairman says

An electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen on a lighted stand
A concept version of the EQG was unveiled in 2021. | Images: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz’s electric G-Wagen will arrive in mid-2024, company chairman Ola Källenius said during a roundtable with reporters this week, according to Autoblog.

Källenius also said he drove a prototype version of the electric SUV around the company’s proving ground in Graz, Austria, and came away convinced that the future of off-road adventure was electric.

When Mercedes first unveiled a concept version of the electric SUV in September 2021, the company did not confirm any production plans. In fact, Källenius himself said in 2019 that he wasn’t sure the G-Wagen had much of a future. Now it looks like an electric version of the boxy off-roader is on the way.

(This is not entirely new information; Källenius said The edge Nilay Patel on the decoder podcast in June that the electric G-Wagen was “only 24 months away”. Still, it’s good to have confirmation.)

Despite that, it’s still early days and we’re still extremely light on the details. Mercedes didn’t reveal any range, battery size or power output estimates. The concept version had all-wheel drive though, and it stands to reason the production version will as well.

Like most concepts, the electric G-Wagen we saw in 2021 was more of a design exercise than a show car. It was a first look at how Mercedes-Benz could modify the next-generation G-Class that it first revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and something to look up to. until a production version arrives.

The EQG concept was coated in the same type of two-tone paint that Mercedes-Benz used on early editions of its EQS electric sedan. It also sported an illuminated grille that the company has played with on other concepts and production vehicles.

When the production EQG arrives in mid-2024, it will join an ever-crowded field of electric vehicles capable of handling rough terrain, like the GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV, Rivian R1T and R1S, Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F- 150 Lightning.

The G-Wagen has always been as much about a status symbol as it is about venturing off-road, so expect the production EQG to be loaded with all the same sorts of features as Mercedes-Benz. has rolled out the newest and most expensive vehicles in its, such as the EQS sedan.

And if Mercedes-Benz can give the EQG the same kind of range and performance that its EQS and EQE sedans get on the company’s new electric vehicle platform, the electric G-Wagen could be something. have.

Mercedes-Benz says it will go all-electric by 2030, pledging to invest 40 billion euros ($47 billion) in the effort.

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