Stronger than the time: Mercedes-Benz G-Class ready for the era of electric mobility
The Concept EQG offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric version of the legendary all-terrain model seriesWith the Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the near-production study of a variant of the fully electric model of its utility off-road icon. Visually, the concept car combines the unmistakably striking appearance of the G-Class with selected design elements typical of all-electric models from Mercedes as contrasting elements. The 4×4 qualities of the “G”, which have always set the highest standards, will not only find their way into the era of electric mobility, but will be further developed in some areas. The Concept EQG thus offers a promising preview of what a battery-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be able to do. At the world premiere of the current model generation of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Detroit in January 2018, Hollywood great Arnold Schwarzenegger, guest of honor and ardent “G” fan, sparked a promise from the then chairman of the board of directors. Daimler AG administration, Dieter Zetsche, which was unexpected for many at the time: the upcoming electrification of all model series would of course also include the G-Class. Just under three and a half years later, Mercedes-Benz delivers on this promise. and presents the Concept EQG, an almost production study of an all-electric G-Class. “Where market conditions allow, Mercedes-Benz will be ready to go fully electric by the end of the decade,” said Markus Schafer, board member of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With this strategic shift from ‘Electric first’ to ‘Electric only’, including sustainable manufacturing and the CO2-neutral life cycle of our batteries, we are accelerating the transformation towards a software-based, zero-emissions future. inspire our customers to switch to electric mobility with convincing products. An icon like the G-Class fulfills this task perfectly. “The origins of the successful G-Class model date back to 1979. For more than four decades, the” G ” thus embodied the luxurious off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. The outward appearance of the Mercedes-Benz off-road legend changed only marginally during the entire period. Even as part of the extensive redesign in 2018, which brought with it the biggest technological leap in model history, Mercedes-Benz has cautiously developed the unmistakably striking design further. For good reason: because its once purely functional components have long become iconic style elements. These include, for example, the characteristic door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the sturdy outer protection strip, the spare wheel exposed on the rear door and the eye-catching front turn signals.Classic G-Class design language with Mercedes-EQ design quotes
The Concept EQG is also very much in the design tradition of the model series and can be recognized at first glance as a G-Class. The near-production studio adopts the angular silhouette of the G-Class, including its iconic elements. The illuminated strips make the sturdy outer protective strips stand out visually. The separating edge of the attractive two-tone paint finish – glossy black at the top, glossy aluminum beam at the bottom –
flows in the area of the front directly under the overhanging hood, thus emphasizing this design feature even more clearly.The front view of the Concept EQG looks familiar, not least for the typical round headlights. Instead of a radiator grille, as in the conventionally fueled model versions, this all-electric variant features a continuous deep black radiator grille. In this Black Panel grille, the 3D effect illuminated star creates a striking accent. All around, the animated motif of “round squares” (squircle motif) in the familiar blue of the Mercedes-EQ models creates a visual link. An all-round illuminated band wraps around the Black Panel, which, together with white illuminated rims in the exterior mirror housings, complements the daytime running light graphics of the headlights. Concept EQG runs on 22-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels in an exclusive design. Instead of the usual spare wheel cover, there is a lockable box with white illuminated accents on the rear door, the design of which is reminiscent of a wallbox. This could be used, for example, to store the charging cable close at hand. ‘We are traveling into the future with the new EQG! This car embodies the fusion of cutting-edge off-road capabilities with the dawn of electric mobility for which we must all strive. It represents our relentless pursuit of the utmost desire and luxury. For us, the most important thing was to keep the entire DNA of the G-Class but pass it on to the EQ era: like the G-Class but different. Modern accents like white LED technology and a wallbox at the rear of the vehicle illustrate the difference. ‘ says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler Group. Another highlight of the exterior design is the flat roof rack in glossy black. The central element of its minimalist design is the central “G”, unmistakable from the top view. The white LED strip integrated into the front edge of the luggage rack is a modern interpretation of the projector essential for demanding off-road adventures – and thus underlines the seriousness of the Concept EQG in this sector: not despite, but precisely because of its all-electric drive. Another LED strip with a red finish forms the rear end of the roof rack: “We are proud of the more than 400,000” Gs we have produced to date “, emphasizes Dr. Emmerich Schiller, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz G GmbH and Head of off-road products division of Mercedes-Benz AG. “In its more than 40 years of model history, the G-Class has consistently used the most modern driving technology suitable for the time: from the pre-chamber aspirated diesel of the early days to the AMG 4-wheeler V8 , 0 liters in the current flagship model, the G 63. Against the backdrop of our “Electric only” strategy, the electrification of this off-road legend is simply the logical next step and an absolutely fascinating project. Our icon is and remains’ stronger than time ‘in every respect.’An off-road vehicle without compromise, thanks to the electric drive system
The Concept EQG is clearly a “G” not only in terms of design, but also in its interior values, which make it an uncompromising off-roader. Its body is also based on the sturdy ladder frame. The chassis design remains extremely off-road, as is typical of the G-Class: with independent suspension on the front axle and a newly developed rigid axle at the rear for integrating electric drive. With four electric motors close to the wheels and individually controllable, the vehicle will offer unique driving characteristics both on and off-road. As with any true 4×4, the Concept EQG’s off-road reduction can be activated via a shiftable 2-speed gearbox to confidently meet the high “G” specific off-road requirements.
Equipped in this way, the all-electric version of the G-Class will of course tackle the legendary test track on the 1,445-meter-high Schöckl mountain in Graz at the end of its development into a production model. Topped with gradients of up to 60 degrees, the 5.6-kilometer route has always been regarded in the international off-road landscape as one of the world’s greatest challenges for man and technology. After successfully conquering it, the electric “G” will also be able to carry the mandatory “Schöckl demonstrated” quality certificate for the 463 series. The design advantages of electric drive also play in its favor, making it ideal for off-road vehicles and ambitious off-road operations. The batteries integrated into the ladder frame ensure a low center of gravity. As electric motors deliver their maximum torque on virtually the first revolution, an all-electric off-roader like the Concept EQG and later production model boast enormous pulling power and controllability – which also turns out to be an advantage on steep slopes and deep terrain. .Source – Mercedes-Benz