Get ready, the G-Wagen is going electric.

    Mercedes-Benz has revealed a “near-production” look at the EQG, with evolutionary looks and the promise of enough off-road ability to match its legendary predecessors.

    Under the skin, the EQG has four electric motors making undisclosed outputs.

    Up front, it has a fully independent suspension, while the rear has a new solid axle adapted to house the car’s electric motors.

    Although low-down torque is already a strength of electric motors, Mercedes-Benz has fitted a manually-switchable two-speed transmission for what is likely to be an electric take on low-range. Expect huge pulling power.

    To make sure that’s the case, Mercedes-Benz says the electric G-Wagen will be tested on the Schöckl mountain in Graz, Austria, near where the petrol model is currently built.

    It’s a 5.6km torture test featuring gradients up to 60 degrees, the completion of which earns a G-Wagen a ‘Schökl proved” badge.

    Think of it as the Mercedes-Benz equivalent of Trail Rated and you’re on the money.

    “In its more than 40-year model history, the G-Class has always used the most modern and suitable drive technology at the time – from the pre-chamber naturally-aspirated diesel of the early days to the AMG 4.0-litre V8 in the current top model, the G63,” said Dr Emmerich Schiller, managing director of Mercedes-Benz G.

    As for how it looks? There’s no doubt it’s a G-Wagen, with an upright profile and blocky detailing, but the EQ design team has dug deep into its bag of lighting tricks to modernise it.

    Most of it looks production-ready, although we’d expect Mercedes-Benz to come full circle on the square spare wheel cover when it hits showrooms.

    Mercedes-Benz earlier this year announced G would become its own sub-brand.

    It joins AMGMaybach and EQ, becoming the fourth sub-brand for the German luxury brand.

    The move was revealed by Mercedes-Benz as part of a broader strategy announcement.

    It’s no secret the G-Class has been a hit for Mercedes-Benz, especially in Hollywood.

    The 1979-vintage Geländewagen had been developed as a rugged off-roader and quickly found favour with militaries and law enforcement agencies.

    In the 2000s, Mercedes introduced increasingly on-road focused Gs like the G55 AMG which, with their trademark, boxy styling and powerful V8 engines, attracted attention from wealthy buyers.

    Mercedes finally introduced a new G-Class in 2018, a ground-up redesign but which faithfully follows its predecessor stylistically.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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