The German luxury automaker, Mercedes-Benz will showcase its EQG all-electric concept at the upcoming Bharat Mobility Show 2024. The first edition of this expo will be held at Pragati Maidan from February 1 to February 3. The vehicle is a concept EV based on the manufacturer's high-priced off-road SUV G-Class, which made its premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier in Las Vegas. Mercedes-Benz debuted the EQG about three years ago at the 2021 Munich Auto Show. Since then, the company has been testing the model and intends to launch the entire production-spec model globally later this year. The firm has announced that in addition to the EQG's first-ever India premiere, other vehicles including the AMG GLE 53 Coupe and the GLA facelift would also mark their arrival in the domestic market. Certain aspects of the electric G-Class have been confirmed even though the majority of the details are still being kept under wraps. Here's all you need to know.
Mercedes-Benz EQG: Styling Cues
With a few minor exceptions, the EQG concept's design is essentially the same as that of the G-class with an ICE powertrain. The illuminated black-coated grille is the most noticeable. The SUV's door sills, headlamp cover, and roof rack are among the various exterior elements that have LED stripes on them. It also comes with unique 22-inch aluminum wheels, a solid panel with a 3D star pattern in place of the front grille, and a storage box in place of the spare wheel carrier. Furthermore, the model boasts a unique dual-tone paint job, with the lower body painted metallic silver and the upper body painted black.
With an emphasis on retaining the vehicle's off-road capabilities, the EQG is constructed on the same ladder-frame chassis as the standard G-class. The car's suspension system comprises a rigid axle at the back and an independent suspension on the front axle. Additionally, at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, the brand unveiled the electric SUV's G-Turn feature. This function of the production SUV will be accessible through a button on the dashboard. It enables the EQG to execute on-the-spot 360-degree turns, akin to a tank, by allowing electric motors on either side to turn wheels in opposite directions. The paddle shifters on the steering wheel let the driver select a left or right turn.
Mercedes-Benz EQG: Expected Powertrain
A two-speed gearbox provides both low-range and high-range gearing, and the EQG concept is equipped with four independently configurable wheel-mounted motors. Mercedes-Benz has made hints about the production continuation of its quad-motor drivetrain. This motor setup is anticipated to belt out around 670bhp of maximum power and a driving range of about 500-kilometre.
The ladder frame incorporates the battery to provide a low centre of gravity. When it goes into series production, the EQG will outperform the present V8-powered AMG G63 in terms of performance, clocking in a 4.5-second acceleration time for 0-100km/h. This will make it the most potent and fastest G-Class ever.
Mercedes-Benz EQG: Interior and Launch
A few new Mercedes-Benz cars will be available for purchase in India later this year, including the all-electric EQG. Although the carmaker hasn't disclosed the EQG's interior details, we may infer what it will look like based on the brand's SUVs that are currently on the market. New dual-digital displays and environmentally recycled materials for the dashboard and seating are expected.