Electrical Mercedes G-Class confirmed | Auto Specific
Mercedes has confirmed it is going to construct an all-electric model of the G-Class off-roader, giving the German model a brand new rival for the Tesla Mannequin X and the forthcoming all-electric Vary Rover. The information follows Mercedes’s current inside discussions to axe the rugged 4×4 attributable to issues over the feasibility of its electrification.
Mercedes’s Head of Digital Transformation, Sascha Pallenberg, made the announcement on Twitter. He quotes Daimler CEO Ola Källenius as saying, “There will likely be a zero-emission EV model of the MercedesBenz G-Class. Previously there have been discussions whether or not we should always eradicate the mannequin, the best way I see issues now I might say the final Mercedes to be constructed will likely be a G-Class.”
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The German model is but to substantiate the identify of its new all-electric off-roader, however it has filed a copyright for the “EQG” nameplate – a moniker which can probably stick, given the naming conventions of Mercedes’s current all-electric line-up. At present, Mercedes’s electrical vary consists of the EQC SUV and EQV luxurious MPV.
Technical specs for the all-electric Mercedes G-Class are additionally but to be introduced, however we count on the SUV will pull its drivetrain elements from the Mercedes EQ elements bin. Just like the EQC, the brand new EQG may very well be powered by a pair of electrical motors and an 80kWh battery pack, which would supply it with 403bhp, 760Nm of torque and four-wheel drive.
On the time of the second-generation G-Class’s launch in 2018, Daimler’s then CEO, Dieter Zetsche, advised Auto Specific that Mercedes would electrify its complete line-up by 2022, though electrification was a great distance down the G-Class’s precedence checklist as a result of potential for low gross sales and issues in regards to the added weight of the battery packs.
Zetsche added that hybridisation can be the probably situation for the G-Wagon, though current market developments resembling Land Rover’s deliberate all-electric Vary Rover and the new all-electric Fisker Ocean SUV seem to have pressured the German model’s hand in the direction of all-electric drive.
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