After a long build up, the new all-electric version of the Mercedes G-Class has finally been unveiled.

Loyal fans of the military off-roader turned Chelsea tractor will recognise the boxy-flare of iconic G-Wagen, but what lies underneath is a zero-emissions drivetrain and plenty of fancy new features.

The G-Class EV will not be called the EQG as previously thought, instead it will be called the [far less catchy] ‘G580 with EQ Technology’.

And Mercedes is promising big things when it comes to its electric performance…

Mercedes has revealed its new and much anticipated electric G-Class - the G580 with EQ Technology. Originally expected to be called the much snappier EQG, the new G580 will launch later this year and will look almost identical to the newly-updated fuel G-Class, save for a few electric tweaks

Mercedes has revealed its new and much anticipated electric G-Class – the G580 with EQ Technology. Originally expected to be called the much snappier EQG, the new G580 will launch later this year and will look almost identical to the newly-updated fuel G-Class, save for a few electric tweaks

The boxy shape keeps the heritage from the first G-Wagen that launched in 1979, but this electric version will have 432kW of output and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. Although it weighs 3.1 tonnes (the regular fuel G-Class is 2.5 tonnes) its top speed will be 112mph

The boxy shape keeps the heritage from the first G-Wagen that launched in 1979, but this electric version will have 432kW of output and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. Although it weighs 3.1 tonnes (the regular fuel G-Class is 2.5 tonnes) its top speed will be 112mph

Daimler-Benz first introduced the original G-Class in 1979, having developed the off-road in partnership with Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria. 

Originally called the ‘Wolf’, it was designed as a robust military off-roader capable of taking on all terrains.

But in more recent times, the SUV has become the choice of footballers, celebs and social media stars wanting to show off their vast wealth and love of enormous – and hugely powerful – vehicles. 

There have been a number of oddball modified examples too, not least the six-wheeled G63 6×6 and the Project Mondo G built in collaboration with premium coat company Moncler, which ultimately put a puffer jacket on a Mercedes G-Class.

Daimler-Benz first introduced the original G-Class in 1979, having developed the off-road in partnership with Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria

Daimler-Benz first introduced the original G-Class in 1979, having developed the off-road in partnership with Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria

Originally called the 'Wolf', the G-Class was designed as a robust military off-roader capable of taking on all terrains

Originally called the ‘Wolf’, the G-Class was designed as a robust military off-roader capable of taking on all terrains

The original G-Class was a bruising off-road capable of taking on the harshest landscapes. But it quickly turned from military motor to luxury vehicle

The original G-Class was a bruising off-road capable of taking on the harshest landscapes. But it quickly turned from military motor to luxury vehicle

Despite having been around for 45 years. the G-Class hasn't exactly moved with the times. The look are barely unchanged, with a boxy shape and often a big motor under the bonnet

Despite having been around for 45 years. the G-Class hasn’t exactly moved with the times. The look are barely unchanged, with a boxy shape and often a big motor under the bonnet

The Mercedes G-Wagen has become a popular car among celebrities and footballers in particular. Pictured: Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford in his modified Brabus G-Class

The Mercedes G-Wagen has become a popular car among celebrities and footballers in particular. Pictured: Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford in his modified Brabus G-Class

The G-Class has been altered to the extreme in recent times. Pictured is the Merceded G63 6X6, adding another pair of wheels to the mix

The G-Class has been altered to the extreme in recent times. Pictured is the Merceded G63 6X6, adding another pair of wheels to the mix

Just last year, Mercedes and luxury coat maker Moncler collaborated to produce the Project Mondo G, which ultimately put a puffer jacket on a Mercedes G-Class

Just last year, Mercedes and luxury coat maker Moncler collaborated to produce the Project Mondo G, which ultimately put a puffer jacket on a Mercedes G-Class

In keeping with the ‘Gelandewagens’ from 45 years ago, this all-electric G-Wagen is based on the traditional 4×4 ladder-frame concept.

But, because the 580 is electric, four individually controlled motors located near the wheels will power this expensive SUV with 432kW of output.

Even though we know the only places anyone actually sees a G-Class these days are Cheshire or outside Harrods, Mercedes says it’s the best off-roader yet.

‘The four individually controlled electric motors once again raises the legendary performance of our off-road icon to a new level,’ the German outfit claims.

And Mercedes has debuted a number of exclusive electric functions, including the ‘G-Turn’, which allows the car to turn on the spot on loose or unpaved surfaces.

‘G-Steering’ is another new function – this dramatically reduces the size of the turning circle.

New features for the electric G580 include 'G-Turn', which allows the car to turn on the spot on loose or unpaved surfaces, and 'G-Steering' decreases the turning circle - these are combined with the traditional ladder-frame underpinnings and an extra 9mm of ground clearance for improved off-roading

New features for the electric G580 include ‘G-Turn’, which allows the car to turn on the spot on loose or unpaved surfaces, and ‘G-Steering’ decreases the turning circle – these are combined with the traditional ladder-frame underpinnings and an extra 9mm of ground clearance for improved off-roading

The 580 also comes with low range off-road gear reduction, gradeability of up to 100 per cent on suitable surfaces, an extra 150mm of fording depth on the fuel G-Class. 

Ground clearance is also up 9mm on its fuel sister, too (250mm versus 241mm).

For power, the electric G-Class has a huge 116kWh battery – the same size as the newly updated Mercedes EQS that can managed 511 miles on a single charge – but because of the box-on-wheels body shape and additional bulk, range is limited to just 293 miles. 

The battery is protective plated and can handle five times the weight of the car.

Maximum charging speeds go up to ultra-rapid 200kW, giving owners 0 to 80 per cent charge in 32 minutes. And Mercedes has cleverly doubled the rear-wheel storage box case into a charging house of the 11kW onboard charging cables. 

To fully charge the new electric G-Class at home – at the current standard kwh price – it will cost you roughly around £23. 

The electric G-Class has an 116kWh battery, manages 293 miles on a single charge and rapid charges up to 200kw speeds. It's also got a neat charger storage box tucked away in the rear wheel house

The electric G-Class has an 116kWh battery, manages 293 miles on a single charge and rapid charges up to 200kw speeds. It’s also got a neat charger storage box tucked away in the rear wheel house

Petrol heads who don’t want to give up the burbling sound of a throaty V8 engine will be happy to hear the electric G-Class comes with something called ‘G-Roar’.

This produces synthetic sounds to add ‘aura’ and event’ – noises that are ultimately designed to enhance the electric G-Class driving experience.

In terms of how fast it accelerates, the G580 can reach 62mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds, with a limited top speed of 112mph.

That’s not bad for a hulking vehicles that weighs 3.1 tonnes (the regular fuel G-Class is 2.5 tonnes). 

Looks wise, it’s very much an evolution of the classic.

It still mimics the angular, new-facelifted combustion G-Class you might have seen out and about in affluent parts of the capital, but with some electric twists.

The grille is blanked-off in typical EV style, the windscreen has black framing, the front bumper vents are aero-optimised and there are of course the silver ‘EQ’ badges that signify you’re driving an electric variant.

But overall, Mercedes wanted to keep this electric G-Class as close to its ancestry as possible – and not bring it in line with the rest of the EQ range’s futuristic look.

One of the few exterior differences to the combustion G-Class is the black eye mask around the front windscreen. The first to launch 'Edition One' will come in five paint options, all with blue and black accents

One of the few exterior differences to the combustion G-Class is the black eye mask around the front windscreen. The first to launch ‘Edition One’ will come in five paint options, all with blue and black accents

The blanked-off grille and air vents are another couple of electric tweaks to improve aerodynamics

The blanked-off grille and air vents are another couple of electric tweaks to improve aerodynamics

Many were expecting Mercedes-Benz to take the 'EQ' nameplate route used for its other electric vehicles to turn the G-Wagen into the EQG. But bosses have voted against this and opted for a mouthful called G580 with EQ Technology. Doesn't roll off the tongue, does it?

Many were expecting Mercedes-Benz to take the ‘EQ’ nameplate route used for its other electric vehicles to turn the G-Wagen into the EQG. But bosses have voted against this and opted for a mouthful called G580 with EQ Technology. Doesn’t roll off the tongue, does it?

And the interior is pretty much a copy and paste luxury job from the updated G-Class.

There are the latest Mercedes MBUX twin 12.3-inch touchscreens as well as augmented reality sat-nav, ambient lighting, and a multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather.

 Grab handles transfer across too – for that ‘tough’ feel.

The ‘offroad cockpit’ is new, though – this switches the driver and media display to only show the most important off-road data including altitude, steering angle and even a compass.

The interior of the G580 is the same as the interior of the new petrol and diesel G-Wagen expect for blue stitching. It has the dual 12.3-inch touchscreens with Mercedes MBUX, augmented sat-nav and ambient lighting

The interior of the G580 is the same as the interior of the new petrol and diesel G-Wagen expect for blue stitching. It has the dual 12.3-inch touchscreens with Mercedes MBUX, augmented sat-nav and ambient lighting 

With a price tag expected to range from £140k-£190k, the electric G-Class is incredibly expensive. But it will be luxurious, with nappa leather, infotainment screens front and back, and even temperature controlled cupholders

With a price tag expected to range from £140k-£190k, the electric G-Class is incredibly expensive. But it will be luxurious, with nappa leather, infotainment screens front and back, and even temperature controlled cupholders

When the not-so-catchy G580 is officially launched later this year, you’ll only be able to get your hands on the high-spec ‘Edition One’ trim.

This will be available in five ‘Manufaktur’ paint options, all of which have a blue trim strip and blue brake callipers to hint to its electrified heartbeat.

These blue exterior hints are reflected on the interior in the form of blue carbon-fibre trim elements and blue stitching.

The Edition One also comes with all the AMG Line and Night Package features as standard, including 20-inch AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels, G logo door hands, and a new silver pearl/black interior upholstery.

The Edition One trim is set to rival the upcoming electric Range Rover and is expensive than the newly updated Mercedes EQS - the flagship EQ offering

The Edition One trim is set to rival the upcoming electric Range Rover and is expensive than the newly updated Mercedes EQS – the flagship EQ offering 

There’s also a nausea-inducing ‘Stronger Than Time’ exterior mirror projection – whether you want the tarmac below your car to say that or not.

Luckily other trims without this will follow after the Edition One.

Price is yet to be confirmed but expect the Edition One to cost from around £190,000, and future models from around £140k. 

The only direct price point luxury 4×4 contender in the electric market will be the soon to be launched Range Rover EV – which is said to ring in close to £150k.

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