Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit is planning an all-electric variant of its G-Class SUV.
Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius announced the EV yesterday at an event in Berlin. Kallenius notes that there had been internal talks about discontinuing the boxy off-road SUV altogether, but he now foresees a long life for the G-Class.
The electric variant, which likely would be sold under Mercedes’ EQ sub-brand, isn’t expected to be introduced for several years. Media reports speculate that the vehicle will be fitted with two electric motors and a large battery.
The current G-Class (pictured) bowed last year, marking the model’s first full redesign since the nameplate was introduced 40 years ago. The 2019 model is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that generates 422 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. An inline-6 diesel option, which makes 286 hp and 443 lb-ft, is offered in Europe.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.