The upcoming all-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class, due in 2024, will not use any of Mercedes-Benz’s electric car platforms and will offer “stunning” off-road performance.
At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Ola Kellenius, Chairman of the Board of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, said Motor trend Mercedes-Benz EQG will be equipped with a special electric SUV.
This means that the EQG will not be based on the existing underlying EVA platform Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan and SUV as well EQS liftback and SUV, and will not use the future MB.EA architecture.
It is not yet clear whether it will use a version of the existing one G-class basics, whether it will use its own bespoke platform.
The future SUV was shown last year in “close to production” The concept of EQG.
“He has a cult status. It is unique. The G will remain the G,” Mr. Kellenius said.
“By definition with its off-road capabilities, it’s not a platform, it’s its own vehicle, period, and it will remain its own vehicle.”
Mr. Kelenijus told Motor Trend that he recently had the opportunity to drive an early prototype transmission at some off-road facilities near Graz, Austria.
“It was overwhelming. I know I’m raising expectations here, but I was so excited to get out of this car that I can’t wait for the electric G to arrive,” said Mr. Kellenius.
“He was so competent, so easy to manage. It will have phenomenal on- and off-road performance, paired with the highest-capacity battery we can find in a car that has little aerodynamic challenge in terms of drive ratio. »
Mercedes-Benz didn’t elaborate on what the production EQG’s drivetrain will be or how much power it will produce. The Concept EQG was powered by four undisclosed electric motors.
It featured fully independent suspension at the front, while the rear featured a new solid axle adapted to accommodate the car’s electric motors.
Although low-end torque is already a strong suit for electric motors, Mercedes-Benz fitted the Concept EQG with a two-speed manual transmission for what will likely be a low-range electric option.
As previously reported, Mercedes-Benz confirmed The EQG will also be available with electric vehicle (EV) silicon technology. produced by the American startup Sila Nanotechnologies since 2025.
The company’s high-silicon anode material is claimed to have a 20 to 40 percent increase in energy density compared to commercially available battery cells of a comparable format with volumetric energy densities of more than 800 Wh/L.
For context, the current Chinese production Tesla Model 3 with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery has a volumetric energy density of 359 W·g/L.
Mercedes-Benz is also working on other battery technologies, including solid-state batteries that promise a smaller form factor with the potential for longer range.
The company already has partnerships with companies such as solid-state batteries ProLogium and Factorial energy.
Mercedes-Benz vice president of e-drive architecture and development Christoph Starzynski told Motor Trend that a breakthrough in solid-state battery technology is expected in the second half of the decade.
Mr. Starzynski also confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz is there is working on LFP batteries for entry-level carswhich are known for being cheaper to manufacture and safer than nickel-based batteries, but with lower cell power and shorter range.
It is important to note that the risk of battery fire is reduced as LFP batteries are less prone to overheating.
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