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2025 Mercedes-Benz EQG Will Squarely Face the EV Future with 250+-Mile Range

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Traditionalists will have plenty to grumble about when Mercedes electrifies its G-class SUV next year, possibly as a 2025 model. As always, though, the survival of this iconoclastic off-roader depends on it evolving in line with modern technology. The brand’s recent EQG concept reveals that the production version will closely resemble today’s gas-burning G-wagens, meaning it will look like a glitzy box on wheels and should go like stink on any terrain.

2025 mercedes benz eqg

Mercedes Benz

2025 mercedes benz eqg

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Expect up to 600 HP

Details remain limited, but we know the EV will feature a body-on-frame layout with an independent front suspension and a live rear axle. Videos of a development mule spinning around its center axis on dirt—what Mercedes calls a G-turn—indicate that an electric motor will power each wheel, which together also should be able to mimic the action of front, center, and rear locking differentials. A combined output of 500 to 600 horsepower is a safe bet, along with at least 250 miles of range, despite an additional few hundred pounds of mass. For reference, the last 577-hp G63 model we tested weighed close to 5800 pounds yet shot to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Sadly, the current G’s intoxicating V-8 rumble will be lost in the electric conversion.

2025 mercedes benz eqg

Mercedes Benz

Screens—and Maybe a New Name

A slightly less chiseled face should help this blocky SUV move through the air more efficiently. Expansive screens for Mercedes’s latest infotainment system will surely dominate the EQG’s five-seat interior.

The company will soon begin phasing out its EQ-based names, so the electric G-wagen may not be called EQG, but we expect to see both Benz- and AMG-branded models, with starting prices in the $150,000 to $200,000 ballpark. We’ll be among those hoping a burlier model with portal axles is also planned.

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Mike Sutton is an editor, writer, test driver, and general car nerd who has contributed to Car and Driver‘s reverent and irreverent passion for the automobile since 2008. A native Michigander from suburban Detroit, he enjoys the outdoors and complaining about the weather, has an affection for off-road vehicles, and believes in federal protection for naturally aspirated engines.

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