There’s a maxim that dictates you can always tell where the auto industry is headed by looking at what Mercedes-Benz is doing with its flagship models. If that saying still rings true today, then it (unsurprisingly) portends the widespread introduction of electric vehicles, with Daimler announcing Tuesday it will launch electric varieties of Mercedes-Benz’s top-shelf products, from the Geländewagen off-roader to high-performance AMGs and ultra-luxury Maybachs.
Confirmed by Daimler executives late last year, the electric G-Wagen is Mercedes’ way of keeping its venerable, 41-year-old off-roader on the market, the only alternative to electrification being discontinuation. Though trademark filings suggest Mercedes could fold the SUV into its EV sub-brand “EQ” under the name EQG, little else is known of what form the electric G-Wagen could take.
Seeing as Mercedes already offers a high-performance G-Wagen, the G63, it seems logical to take advantage of the EV’s lowered center of gravity to realize that Project Geländewagen race truck concept with a model from AMG—whose “links with Formula 1 will also intensify next year.” It’s not clear whether these new F1 links allude to the upcoming Mercedes-AMG One hypercar or other, unannounced models, such as a potential electric halo car in the vein of 2013’s SLS AMG Electric Drive. Altogether more likely is an AMG derivative of an existing EQ offering, which in 2021 will consist of the EQA, -B, and -C crossovers, the EQV van and the EQS sedan, the brand’s long-range flagship.