The Mercedes-Benz EQG, the automaker’s highly-anticipated electric version of its G-Class off-roader, might get a “trick tank-turn feature” to rival the Rivian R1T. In a teaser video launched this week, Mercedes teased what it refers to as “G-Turn”, which shows a EQG prototype turning within its own length on dirt.
This new feature may come as a surprise, as it was not included in the feature list when the EQG concept was first revealed last year. However, Mercedes did promise “formidable off-road capability” in order to keep the new EV in line with its G-Class counterpart, and noted that the EQG would be able to “tackle 100 per cent grades in suitable terrain.”
At the time, the EQG concept boasted a ladder frame and a 2-speed gearbox. Similar to the Rivian R1T, the EQG offers drivers a quad-motor powertrain, which is likely responsible for the new G-Turn feature.
In another recent update, Mercedes confirmed that the EQG will use an advanced silicon-anode battery chemistry, which promises to “pack in more range” without packaging sacrifices. Batteries will be produced by Sila, which will begin manufacturing cells in Washington State mid-decade for “a planned extended-range version of the EQG.” This battery technology will reportedly be leveraged in other future Mercedes EV models.
The Mercedes-Benz EQG is due sometime in 2024, and is positioned near the top of the Mercedes SUV range.