The Mercedes-Benz EQG looks like a concept in spy photos -Dlight News

The Mercedes-Benz EQG looks like a concept in spy photos

Mercedes-Benz gave us our first look at the electric G-Class in 2021 with a 2024 launch target. And today we take a look at how things are going with some prototype versions caught by a spy photographer. The photos show that hardly anything has changed in the concept (which barely changed from the gas version) — but some shots of the rear suspension raise some questions. Most of the EQG’s exterior is a carryover from the original G, but the front end features a number of styling changes unique to the electric model. The front bumper’s air intakes have been improved and have lots of small rounded squares, creating a mesh similar to the concept. The main grill is also closed, at least mostly. Contrary to concept, this prototype has two slits for some airflow. Out back, the prototype ditches the slightly odd square charger carrier in favor of a traditional full-size spare tire. And on the subject of wheels and tires, the example with electric-themed camouflage has a set of wheels not shared with other G-Class models. Things start to get more interesting below. Photos show a prototype sporting some sort of skid-plate-like panel under the rear bumper, perhaps an aerodynamic aid to squeeze out a few more miles of range. Strangely, the two prototypes seem to have different rear axle configurations. They are both obviously solid axles like the gas model, but they are slightly different. One looks similar to what you’d see under a standard G-Class, but the other doesn’t have the particularly obvious differential housing in the middle. In fact, where the differential will usually be is where the significantly shortened track rods are bolted to the axle. We think what’s going on here are two different powertrain options. The more traditional could be a simple single or dual-motor powertrain, while the odd one could accommodate a planned four-motor powertrain, possibly revealed with the concept, along with AMG badging. As previously announced, EQG will launch in mid-to-late 2024. That means it will probably be a 2025 model. Reports suggest a battery capacity of around 100 kWh, roughly half that of the GMC Hummer EV. With as many as four motors the power should be immense.
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