MERCEDES-BENZ has confirmed that an all-electric version of its G-Class off-roader will be heading into production.
The news follows rumours that the model – a rival for the Tesla Model X and recently announced all-electric Range Rover – would have to be killed off because of concerns about the ability to electrify it.
However, the announcement was made on Twitter by Daimler’s head of digital transformation, Sascha Pallenberg, who quoted Daimler chief executive Ola Källenius as saying: ‘There will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes Benz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class’
Although Mercedes has yet to announce what the car will officially be called, it has filed a copyright for the ‘EQG’ nameplate.
Details around the build-up of the car are scarce, with few details surrounding the powertrain or performance.
There’s a good chance, though, that the G-Class will use similar components to those found in the EQ range, so expect a pair of electric motors and plenty of performance. However, given the standard G-Class’s weight, the manufacturer will have a tough time keeping the electric version’s bulk to a minimum.