Fresh from our northern spy photographers, images of not one or two, but three Mercedes-Benz EQG test vehicles. One of them is still wearing the tight-fitting, electricity-themed scarf we’ve seen before. The others, however, look more like standard G-Class prototypes with swirling camouflage on everything but the doors. They’re particularly interesting here, because our photographer got a good look under one of them at its all-electric powertrain.
It’s weird not seeing a rear exhaust system or front engine components, but that’s exactly what we have here. Massive shocks are impossible to miss, but identifying other elements is more difficult. Up front we can spot control arms and what we think is an electronic power steering rack. The skid plates are easy to see, but we also see what looks like a front differential in the middle. We see another differential in the rear, as well as a big stabilizer bar. The ladder frame is also visible, ensuring that the EQG will continue the robust pathways of the G-Class.
The two diffs are great, because we know the EQG will offer a four-motor setup with one for each wheel. It’s confirmed, and these could be the housings of the motors. However, the rear case seems a bit small for two. Could this be an as-yet-unknown EQG trim level with a three-motor layout?
In addition to its running gear, this prototype also appears to have a different grille. It’s hidden by a camouflage mesh cover, and we can also see slight differences in the front and rear bumpers. They seem a little thicker overall compared to those on blue-wrapped prototypes. It should also be noted that the rear fenders with the mysterious vents are gone. Whether all of these changes mean a different level of trim or are just deceptive forms of disguise remains to be seen.
And it will likely stay that way for at least the next few months. We know the EQG won’t stray too far from the concept version which debuted in 2021but a production EQG isn’t expected to debut until later this year as a 2024 model.
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