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Mercedes-Benz electric G-Wagen will be badged EQG

To no-one's great surprise the electric version of the G-Class will wear EQG branding, although there are still many unknown details.

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The petrol G-Wagen is about to be joined by an all-electric EQG-Wagen.

Mercedes-Benz has filed trademark applications for the EQG 560 and EQG 580 names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

The filings were discovered by the MBEQ Club forum, and were submitted at the beginning of April. The automaker registered the EQG name back in 2016.

The 560 and 580 designations indicate these EQG variants will match or exceed the G500, which is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo cranking out 310kW and 610Nm.

It’s unclear if the EQG will use the ladder frame chassis of the G-Class, or a version of the electric vehicle architecture underpinning the upcoming EQS and EQE range of sedans and crossovers.

The latter would certainly be more spacious and efficient than a model based on the G-Class, although that could come at the expense of off-road ability.

So far the EQ sub-brand has been used exclusively for cars based on existing models underpinned by architectures initially designed for internal-combustion engines.

While the EQC has a high level of differentiation from the GLC, others like the EQV and EQA are quite obviously just electric versions of the V-Class and GLA, respectively.

Timing for the EQG’s debut has yet to be confirmed.

The new EQG will likely be part of the automaker’s push to turn ‘G’ into a sub-brand on par with AMG and Maybach.

Mercedes-Benz already uses the GL prefix for its crossovers with internal combustion engines, including the GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE and GLS.

MORE: Mercedes-Benz G-Class news, reviews, videos and comparisons

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Derek Fung
Derek Fung

Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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