After four, five, six, eight and twelve cylinders, finally a G-Class without cylinders! Instead of a combustion engine, the purely electric Geländewagen has four motors, one for each wheel.

It is still an off-roader in its own right and, in some cases, is even more capable of going on the beaten path than the petrol-powered model.

Electric with 587 PS

Although the design has been largely taken over, Mercedes G 580 with EQ Technology hides important changes under its familiar skin. The four motors are capable of delivering a combined output of 587 PS and an enormous torque of 1,165 Nm.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, front three-quarter view

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, front three-quarter view

This makes it the new king of the hill, with 2 PS and 314 Nm more than the G 63 AMG. And because it is an electric vehicle, the torque kicks in immediately.

True off-roader

The quad-motor configuration allows it to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds, four tenths of a second less than the petrol-powered AMG version. Flat out, the electric G is electronically limited to 112 mph. But you don't buy a G-Class for its straight-line acceleration or top speed. Its off-road capabilities remain its strong point. Mercedes claims a maximum wading depth of 85 cm. This is almost 15 cm more than the G 550 and G 63.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology off-road

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology off-road

The electric G-Class can climb side slopes of up to 35 degrees and offers almost 25 cm of ground clearance between the axles. It will easily tackle rough terrain thanks to its 32-degree approach angle, 30.7-degree departure angle and 20.3-degree rollover angle. Like the regular G-Class, it can climb up to a 100 per cent gradient. No, this does not mean it can go up vertically. This is equivalent to a 45-degree angle, since the slope is a function of the rise relative to the ride.

The off-road capabilities range from a low-speed mode, thanks to a two-speed gearbox, to a crawling function. A function called 'G-Turn' is marketing jargon for the vehicle's ability to turn on the spot. Included is the virtual differential lock made possible by torque vectoring and adjustable adaptive dampers. There is also a G-Steering function to significantly reduce the turning radius and get out of a difficult situation.

Large 116 kWh battery

The G 580 with EQ Technology features independent front suspension and a solid rear axle, as well as underbody protection using carbon and other robust materials to protect the huge 116 kWh battery contained in the spar frame.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, three-quarter view from the rear

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, three-quarter view from the rear

The range remains a mystery, but we know that the battery can be charged up to 200 kW. With a DC connection, it will take about 32 minutes to go from 10 to 80 per cent.

Illuminated faceplate

With an instantly familiar look, the EV retains the boxy shape and rugged styling of the petrol or diesel model, but gains a closed grille with an illuminated surround. The car echoes the 2021 EQG concept and can be purchased without the rear spare wheel. In its place, Mercedes fits a box that can hold the charging cable, snow chains and tools, provided the items do not exceed 10 kg in weight.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, detail of the illuminated grille

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, detail of the illuminated grille

Although the appearance is still that of a brick on wheels, some subtle aerodynamic changes have been made to increase efficiency. The bonnet has been raised slightly and air curtains have been introduced for the flared rear wheel arches. In addition, there are different coverings on the A-pillars and a roof spoiler. It is also possible to pay extra and opt for a black grille panel.

Familiar interior and 'transparent' bonnet

The interior is also very much inspired by the regular G-Class, so much so that you don't immediately notice the difference. There are the usual 12.3-inch screens and the grab handle on the passenger side of the dashboard. Mercedes offers the same 'see-through bonnet' feature we saw recently on the G, made possible by the 360-degree camera. This feature allows the driver to see 'through' the bonnet, as on other recent models such as the EQE and EQS SUV.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, the interior

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, the interior

At launch, the electric G-Class will be offered in an Edition One version. This is available in four special Manufaktur colours (South Sea Blue Magno, Moonlight White Magno, Moonlight White Metallic, Arabian Grey) and the usual Obsidian Black Metallic. Regardless of the colour chosen, all come with blue brake callipers and a trim strip insert. The rear box mentioned earlier is included as standard, as is the AMG Line and Night Package with 20-inch wheels and dark accents on the bodywork.

Inside there is blue carbon fibre trim and stitching, as well as what Mercedes calls 'G-Roar'. This is a fake engine noise that mimics the sound of a G-Class equipped with a combustion engine under acceleration.

There will also be a silicon battery

Mercedes is not saying how much the electric G will cost in the UK except that only the Edition One will be the only model available at launch. However, in Germany it's listed at €192,524 (approx. £165,000), making it about €50,000 (£43,000) more expensive than the standard model. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 currently listed costs £184,595.

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, two new colours

Mercedes G 580 electric with EQ Technology, two new colours

In 2022, Mercedes announced that the electric G-Class would receive an improved battery pack with silicon anode chemistry about a year after the model launch. Assuming the timeline has not changed, the launch is scheduled for 2025. The new cells are estimated to provide a 20-40% increase in energy density, reaching 800+ Wh/l at cell level. The upgraded battery is expected to increase the range 'significantly'.

Gallery: 2025 Mercedes G580 with EQ Technology