The purely electrical G-Class will not debut till 2024 however Mercedes’ engineers have already applied what they check with because the “G-Flip.” It permits the venerable off-roader to spin on the spot and due to this fact carry out a tank flip. Rivian additionally demoed it a couple of years in the past however nonetheless is not providing it on the R1T truck or the R1S SUV. Within the upcoming Geländewagen EV, particular person wheel motors will make it potential to carry out a 360-degree flip by itself axis.
You are most likely questioning how the EQG is aware of by which route it ought to carry out the tank flip. Journalist Greg Kable says there are paddles mounted on the steering wheel the motive force makes use of to pick out whether or not the maneuver is completed clockwise or anticlockwise. Whereas the performance will turn out to be useful on an off-road course, it appears inevitable homeowners will use this donuts-on-demand performance on paved roads to point out off the car’s occasion piece.
This is not the one fascinating off-road know-how we have seen from Mercedes these days as the newest GLS made an enormous splash with its bouncy suspension. The E-Lively Physique Management function allows the fullsize luxurious SUV to “soar” and get the car out of a sticky state of affairs. In fact, the G-Class stays the true off-roader within the three-pointed star’s lineup, and the EQG will retain the ladder body chassis.
The unspecified (however doubtless massive) battery pack and motors will likely be mounted inside the ladder body in a car estimated to weigh 6,600 kilos (about 3,000 kilograms). Enjoyable reality – the EQG is not going to be the primary quad-motor Mercedes EV because the ultra-rare AMG SLS Electrical Drive additionally had a quartet of e-motors. Emmerich Schiller, CEO of the G-Class sub-brand, was concerned within the improvement of the electrical supercar that got here out again in 2013.
Whereas different technical options had been thought-about, the engineers finally determined that every electrical motor will energy a person wheel to maximise the EQG’s off-road chops and dwell as much as the heritage of its combustion-engined sibling. Seeing as how the electrical G will likely be heavier and much much less aerodynamic than the EQS SUV, logic tells us the battery measurement will not less than match the 107.8-kWh pack of the unibody electrical SUV. An elective high-density battery pack with silicon anode chemistry has already been introduced.
Extra particulars ought to be disclosed subsequent 12 months forward of the EQG’s anticipated launch in 2024.