Mercedes-Benz has whipped the covers off the Concept EQG, a near-production study of an emissions-free G-Class. Said the German marque, “The Concept EQG provides an exciting preview of the all-electric version of the legendary all-terrain model series.”

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG
The Concept EQG previews an emissions-free G-Class…

According to Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, “wherever market conditions permit, Mercedes-Benz will be ready to go fully electric by the end of the decade.”

Mercedes-Benz will be ready to go fully electric by the end of the decade

“With this strategic step from ‘electric first’ to ‘electric only’, including sustainable production and the CO2-neutral life cycle of our batteries, we are accelerating the transformation to a zero-emission and software-driven future,” Schäfer added. “We want to inspire our customers to switch to electric mobility with convincing products. An icon like the G-Class fulfils this task perfectly.”

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG
Like its production counterparts, the all-electric concept is underpinned by a ladder-frame chassis.

Visually, the Three-pointed Star’s concept off-roader follows the design tradition of the original G-Class and combines its unmistakable look with elements of Mercedes-Benz EQ models.

The Concept EQG follows the design tradition of the original G-Class

The Concept EQG is most distinguished from its petrol- and diesel-powered production stablemates by its EQ-specific front grille and modern accents like the white LED technology and a wall box (instead of traditional spare-wheel cover) at the rear. The Concept EQG is fitted with a set of 22-inch polished aluminium alloy wheels, which feature an exclusive design.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG
A rigid axle at the rear enhances off-road prowess.

According to the Stuttgart car manufacturer, the Concept EQG is a “G” not only in terms of design but also because of its inner values as an “uncompromising” off-roader. Like its internal-combustion counterparts, the Concept EQG is based on a ladder frame chassis, complete with independent front suspension and a rigid axle at the rear.

The Concept EQG will offer “unique” on- and off-road driving characteristics

The Concept EQG, Mercedes says, will offer unique driving characteristics, both on- and off-road. The concept SUV is endowed with a quad electric motor arrangement and shiftable two-speed transmission.

Mercedes-Benz Concept G
Rear “wall box” replaces original’s round spare-wheel cover.

“We’re travelling into the future with the new EQG,” says Gorden Wagener, chief design officer of the Daimler Group. “This car epitomises the fusion of state-of-the-art off-road capabilities with the dawn of electric mobility that we all need to strive for. It stands for our relentless pursuit of the utmost desire and luxury. For us, the most important thing was to keep the full G-Class DNA but beam it into the EQ age.”

Mercedes-Benz Concept G
Illuminated front grille unique to EQ models.