In 2024, Mercedes-Benz will launch the EQG, a 100% electric off-roader derived from the G-Class. This model will be one of the first vehicles of its kind, becoming a rival to the future electric versions of the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, from which it will differ by having a much more luxurious approach.
The Mercedes-Benz EQG will equip four electric motors, each of them associated with a two-relationship box (which will emulate the operation of a reducer). In addition, the control software developed by the brand will allow its advanced all-wheel-drive system to operate similar to the 4MATIC with a triple differential lock of the thermal model.
The chassis of stringers and crossbars for its part will be modified to support the extra weight of the batteries. The car will have two packs: a “standard” one available from 2024, and a more capable one scheduled for 2025 that will allow the EQG to significantly improve its autonomy thanks to the use of cells with new chemistry.
Thus, this version will incorporate Sila Nanotechnologies batteries with a dominant silicon anode, which will offer an energy density between 20 and 40% higher, around 800 Wh/l. This technology recently debuted on the Vision EQXX prototype, although the first production model to feature it will be the EQG.
The Mercedes-Benz EQG will be a very heavy electric car
The batteries in the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX have just under 100 kWh of capacity. Compared to those of 107.8 kWh seen in the EQS and EQS SUV, those of the prototype have a 50% lower volume and are 30% lighter. Therefore, this solution should make it possible not to weigh down the EQG too much, which will already be a very heavy model.
We shouldn’t forget that the EQG’s bulky bodywork will be anything but aerodynamic, while its four-motor drivetrain won’t exactly be fuel efficient. Therefore, the use of a large-capacity battery will be essential to achieve competitive autonomy.
“Offering such a high energy density is a real game changer and allows us to think in completely new directions when developing future electric cars,” Mercedes-Benz CTO Markus Schaefer explained at the time, regarding the adoption of this new chemistry, which will later come to other models of the star’s signature.