Mercedes G-Class to go electric, says Daimler boss

The Mercedes G-Class will eventually be fully-electric, according to Daimler boss Ola Källenius.

Källenius confirmed the electric variant at yesterday’s AMW Kongress in Berlin, soundbites of which were subsequently tweeted by Daimler digital transformation boss, Sascha Pallenberg. This is the first time that the company has gone on the record to confirm the car.

Little is known about the zero-emissions G-Class at present, which is expected to be a number of years away, other than that it would swap the current diesel V6 and petrol V8 for a 100% electric powertrain. However, some details may be deduced from other Mercedes EV models.

Following the titles of other, already announced models in Mercedes’ EQ electric sub-brand, such as the EQA and the EQC, the new car could be sold under the name EQG, and feature bespoke body styling as a result. Like the EQS, the electric G-Class would likely be introduced with four-wheel-drive, generating its power from two electric motors – one at the car’s front and another giving thrust at the rear.

Although Mercedes has yet to release official specs, it is likely that an electric G-Class would improve on the 282bhp and 443lb ft of torque generated by the standard version of the car. It would need it, too, as it would be considerably heavier.

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