The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the oldest and most iconic SUVs on the planet. The generation launched for 2019 marks a new chapter in a career that began 40 years ago.
According to Daimler's digital transformation manager, Sascha Pallenberg, the German automaker has already thought of ending its production, but the plans have now changed – and not nearly.
Yesterday on Twitter, Pallenberg quoted Daimler's new CEO, Ola Kallenius, as saying: "There will be a zero-emission electric version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. In the past we have discussed the possibility of eliminating it, but from the way I see it today, I would say that the last Mercedes vehicle that will be produced will be a G. "
A Mercedes-Benz G-Class fully electric? No more 416 and 577 horsepower V8s? The world has really changed. Of course, SUVs – big and small – are immensely popular right now, but no one can stop the move to electrification.
Across the industry, some models are facing extinction and their replacements (if any) will be electric in whole or in part. We see it on the side of sports cars, but utilities like the mythical G are not immune either.
For example, multiple sources at General Motors have confirmed that an electric version of the Cadillac Escalade is under development. GM would even study the possibility of bringing back Hummer with batteries only. You've also been told about the Bollinger B1, another big electric SUV with a square silhouette and promising off-road skills. Let's not forget the Rivian R1S.
For now, we have no more details on the project to transform the Mercedes-Benz G-Class into an electric vehicle. What will be his power? What autonomy will he offer? When will he be ready? Answers to these questions will take time.
However, be aware that Daimler plans to launch at least a dozen new electric models in the world by 2022 with an investment of 10 billion euros ($ 14.5 billion).