What you need to know
Mercedes Benz SUVs It’s been an icon for decades, both for its impressive off-road capabilities and its unique style. So it’s no surprise that Mercedes is looking to build further on this success. The brand has been upfront about the fact that it’s giving the G-Wagen the Ford Bronco treatment, with the “G” branching out into an AMG-like sub-brand with multiple vehicles.
The first new “G” car will be an all-electric version of the full-size G-Wagen, likely known as the EQG and is expected to debut in 2024. However, the second car is said to be a compact crossover with the letter Seventh of the alphabet.
Here’s what we know about the small G-Class so far.
Mercedes has confirmed that a “Little G” is coming
Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius confirmed Bloomberg Back in late 2023, there’s a “Little G” on the way, “the son or daughter of the famous Big G.”
The new Baby G-Class should be fully electric
At CES 2024, Markus Schäfer, Mercedes-Benz CTO and member of the management board, said Autocar The new compact member of the G-Class will be an electric car. This confirms a previous report from a German outlet Handelsblatt (via Motor direction) which suggested it would be an all-electric car only, offering more than 300 miles of range. Schaefer also denied any suggestion that the L’il G would offer internal combustion powertrain options in addition to battery-electric options.
In a separate report, Autocar He claimed the electric version would have an 800-volt charging architecture and be able to add approximately 250 miles of range in 15 minutes on a 250-kilowatt fast charger. But this report also indicated that Mercedes could offer a combustion-powered version in some markets.
The new G SUV ‘will have its own character’
said Jordan Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz Autocar Little G will “have its own character but it will still be G.” According to this report, the car will benefit from “lessons learned” from the EQG, but will use a different platform that will likely be a unibody.
While Mercedes is rolling out a new MMA platform – designed first for electric cars, but also capable of accommodating gas engines – for small cars with the arrival of the next-generation CLA-Class in 2024, the new small G-Class will not use that platform. Schiffer said Autocar The new crossover will have its own platform that relies more heavily on parts of the brand’s other architectures, due to its need to enhance off-road capability. However, it will likely use technological advances from MMA cars, such as their electric motors.
How much does a Mercedes-Benz G crossover cost?
We don’t have confirmed information about the pricing of the Baby G-Class yet. However, Wagner said Autocar The car will be “above the market for a compact car”. Mercedes is said to be making its compact and entry-level cars more expensive (starting at around $40,000).
We can also assume that the price of the Baby G-Class will be lower than the EQG and perhaps the price of the current combustion G-Class, which starts at $139,900. It remains to be seen where the car fits into the wide price range between these two poles.
When will the new Mercedes G crossover arrive?
Mercedes has not announced a specific timetable for the Little G yet. Kallenius promised that it would be “worth the wait”… suggesting the possibility of waiting. the Handelsblatt The report indicated that the G Class crossover could arrive in 2026, and Autocar The latest report confirms this.