The Mercedes G-Class may have long stood the test of time, but now Mercedes is future-proofing the model with the Concept EQG.
G-CLASS WITH EQ DESIGN
The Mercedes Concept EQG is described as a near-production study. It combines the striking look of the G-Class with Mercedes’ EQ design elements and an all-electric drivetrain.
The concept has not only retained the original car’s angular silhouette, but also its round head lights. However, in place of a radiator grille is a black panel.
Said panel sports a pattern of “squircles” in the familiar Mercedes EQ blue. And of course, an illuminated star rests at its centre.
The Mercedes Concept EQG also gets a two-tone paint finish, with black on top and aluminium on the bottom. Further accentuating the future-ready design of the EQG are its illuminated protective strips at the side.
At the rear, in place of the usual spare wheel cover is a lockable box with white illuminated accents that can be used to store a charging cable.
Finally, the Concept EQG also gets a flat roof rack at the top. Finished in high-gloss black, the roof rack has been endowed with a minimalist design that from the shape of the letter “G” when viewed from above.
The front of the roof rack also gets a white LED strip on its front edge – a modern interpretation of the searchlight indispensable for off-road adventures.
Another LED strip in red finish forms the rear of the roof rack.
MERCEDES CONCEPT EQG: UNCOMPROMISING ELECTRIC OFF-ROADER
The Mercedes EQG is built upon a ladder frame chassis for off-road durability, following in tradition with the G-Class.
However, its independent suspension on the front axle, and rigid axle at the rear have been newly developed to accommodate the new electric drive.
No exact specifications of which have been provided. However, Mercedes does state that the Concept EQG is powered by four individually controllable electric motors close to the wheels.
As with any real 4×4, a shiftable two-speed gearbox will offer the drive reduction necessary to meet the high off-road ability expected of any G-Class.