Who said luxury can't be budget-friendly? Mercedes-Benz is working on a scaled-down, more affordable version of its much-awaited G-Class all-electric SUV, as confirmed at IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich. This compact sibling to the iconic G-Wagon could redefine what it means to ride in style without breaking the bank.
This upcoming vehicle is an offshoot of the G-Class EQG concept, which was first presented to the world at IAA Mobility 2021. According to German newspaper Automobilwoche, Mercedes-Benz may even christen this new version with a lowercase "g," referring to it as the "g-Class," to underline its compact nature.
Details may be scant at the moment, but what we do know is intriguing. The vehicle will be based on an all-electric powertrain and is likely to feature all-wheel drive. Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius assures that the baby G-Class will be "fun to drive."
The current G-Class SUV doesn't come cheap, with prices starting at $140,000. So, even a modest reduction could make the vehicle more accessible. However, to reach a broader audience, the new "g-Class" would need to dip well below this. Pricing details are still under wraps.
We'll have to exercise patience as the "g-Class" isn't expected to roll out until 2026 at the earliest. The reason? It will be built on Mercedes's proprietary MB.EA platform, a battery technology still in development and not expected in vehicles until 2025.
If you've been longing for a G-Wagon but balking at the price tag, Mercedes-Benz may have just the solution. With a more compact design, an all-electric powertrain, and hopefully a friendlier price point, the forthcoming "g-Class" could be the luxury EV you've been waiting for.