Mercedes-Benz EQG EV Prototype Caught Undergoing Winter Testing

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Northern Sweden is the place to be for hardcore stuff like this.

The electric Mercedes EQG SUV has been spotted undergoing winter testing, with the German automaker choosing a rather unique camo wrap of blue and black topographical maps to hide many of the design details.

The EQG debuted as a concept well over a year ago, but today our spy photographers have caught an advanced prototype testing in harsh winter terrain and temperatures of Northern Sweden. Beneath that striking camo, the EQG doesn't ride on an all-new platform but rather a modified version of the steel ladder-frame chassis used by the current internal combustion version codenamed W463. Both the ICE and EV will be built alongside each other at Mercedes partner Magna Steyr's production plant in Graz, Austria.

As the 2021 concept previewed and now the spy shots reveal, the production-spec version will generally share the same exterior styling as the standard G-Class. There are, however, some key differences. Notice the closed-off grille and new bumper design.

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Of course, there are no exhaust pipes. What's clearly lacking, at least on this test mule, is a spare wheel and tire out back. The prototype had both, so it's fair to assume the production model will have both. There are also round headlights while the rear fenders seem to have roundish holes, which could possibly be needed to direct air for brake cooling.

We still don't know how much power and torque the EQG will have, but the German automaker has confirmed different power levels will be offered. And yes, that includes an AMG version, potentially with four electric motors, one at each corner.

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Given Mercedes' choice of testing ground, you can bet the EQG will continue the G-Class tradition of being a serious off-roader. It'll also be a heavy vehicle as sources indicate a total weight of more than 6,000 pounds. Still, that's quite a bit less than the GMC Hummer EV's 9,000 pounds. Assuming there are no production or supply chain problems, the Mercedes EQG is expected to go on sale sometime in 2024, possibly as a 2025 model.

It's way too early to know pricing but for reference, the current G-Class commands a hefty $133,250 base price in the US, not including destination and taxes. The EQG will likely cost even more due to its complex powertrain.

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