The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or G-Wagon as it is endearingly known in the Middle East, is not the most fuel-efficient vehicle out there. Both the G500 and G63 occupy the lowest rung in the Mercedes-Benz fuel efficiency ladder.
This is all set to change sometime in the future, as news from the German brand confirms the iconic G-Wagon will spawn a fully electric version. Sascha Pallenberg, Head of Digital Transformation at Daimler, tweeted an important announcement made by Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG.
Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius personally opposed the phasing out of the much-loved G-Wagon, leading to the decision of taking it down the electric path.
The surprising disclosure was made at the Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin, where company executives debated whether the G-Wagon would fit in the future lineup from Mercedes-Benz. Källenius argued that it’s not the car Mercedes should cease making, ever. How then, would the renowned SUV survive in a world of emissions-conscious buyers and legislators? Well, making it electric is a feasible alternative.
The G-Wagon is already one of the most expensive models in the carmaker’s lineup, yet it still commands massive popularity all over the world. Once it goes electric, it will probably be sold under the ‘EQ’ sub-brand. Mercedes is already hard at work creating electric derivatives of its most popular cars such as the GLC, S-Class, A-Class, and will now commence development on the G-Wagon.
An electric G-Class already exists, produced by Austrian firm Kreisel Electric. The company has also introduced an electric Hummer H1, that packs 483hp and sprints past 100kph in 5.6 seconds. Range is quoted at 300km. Although Kresiel has beaten Mercedes to the punch, it will be safe to assume the E-Wagon will offer substantially more performance, range, and equipment levels.
A daunting lies ahead for Mercedes-Benz as it takes on the challenge of electrifying the G-Wagon. Does the same fate await the Mercedes-AMG G63?
Since the electric G-Wagon announcement is rather fresh, there are no details regarding drivetrain, features, and technology. Furthermore, will Daimler also phase out the G63 AMG or will it introduce an electric AMG version is also a pertinent question. So far, there is no timeline on when the electrified G-Wagon will go on sale, but it is indeed heartening news that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want to let an icon wither away.