Mercedes-Benz invites you on a trip through time and space with the G-Class of the future, the Concept EQG.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or G-Wagon as it's more widely known, holds the title of 'dream car' for countless people around the world. Renowned for its timeless boxy design, roaring V8 engine, and luxe aesthetic, the G-Class' global appeal has made it one of the longest-produced vehicles in Daimler's history.
Now, over 400,000 units and 42 years later, Mercedes is bringing the four-wheel-drive classic into a new era. Previewed at the Munich International Motor Show, the Concept EQG – modeled as both the EQG 560 4MATIC and EQG 580 4MATIC – is a fully electric drive concept vehicle; set to bring the G-Class in line with the existing Mercedes EQ range.
Externally the Concept EQG largely maintains the aesthetic people have come to love of the G-Wagon, but boasts a bevy of new details and finishes straight out of Back to the Future. Most noticeably, the car's front grille has been switched out for a solid panel featuring a 3D star pattern and illuminated trims that extend around the body. Additionally, the traditional round spare-wheel-carrier now takes on a square build, becoming a storage box that doesn't look too dissimilar to Apple's blocky fast charger.
Although you've most likely seen the G-Wagon in pristine condition passing through the inner-city, as its German nickname G-Wagen (short for Geländewagen, "terrain vehicle") suggests, it is tooled for off-road adventure. Mercedes has stressed that trademark off-road capabilities of the G-Class will remain and be improved upon with the Concept EQG due to the new battery-electric powertrain.
Given the cult popularity of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, it's come as no surprise that the Concept EQG is already dividing opinions among the market. There is no telling what changes will be made to the vehicle before it reaches production in 2024 but, it's safe to say the Concept EQG marks a key milestone in the manufacturer's commitment to expanding its offering of electric vehicles.
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