Mercedes Unveils Tech-Heavy Electric G-Class

Four dual-gear motors round out the battery-powered G-Wagen.

The new Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ Technology Edition One in South Sea Blue Magno (European model shown). (Mercedes-Benz)

Surrounded by celebrities in Beverly Hills, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2025 G 580 with EQ Technology on a dock in the middle of a reservoir. That mouthful of a name is met with a large offering of technology packed into the luxury off-roader. Sitting atop a 116-kWh capacity battery pack, four motors (one for each wheel), a redesigned rear axle system, and a sound system feature called G-Roar, the German utility vehicle is ready to tackle the great outdoors as well as Rodeo Drive.

The dashboard of the electrified G 580 uses two 12.3-inch (312-mm) displays. (Mercedes-Benz)

While its target audience in the United States will unlikely use any of the following features more than a few times a year, the transition from gas to battery has done nothing to reduce the vehicle’s off-road capabilities. If anything, it’s enhanced them.

The electric G-Class is equipped with four independent motors that offer true torque vectoring and electronic differential locks. Each of these two-speed motors has a mechanically gear-reduced low range. The higher torque at low speeds is paired with two off-road modes: Trail and Rock.

Despite plenty of updated tech, the Mercedes-Benz 2025 G 580 with EQ Technology still looks like an old-school G-Wagen. (Mercedes-Benz)

As you would expect, Trail is for the average off-roading excursion, while Rock gives the electric vehicle rock-crawling abilities. Rocking out in this way is not something the average driver will use regularly, but with its 45-year pedigree, it wouldn’t be a G-Class if it couldn’t take anything nature throws at it.

For those looking to exit Beverly Hills for heights devoid of asphalt, the G 580 has an approach angle of 32 degrees, a departure angle of 30.7 degrees, and a 20.3-degree breakover angle. Protecting the battery pack and situated in the modified ladder frame is a proprietary composite carbon-fiber cover that Mercedes states is more rigid than aluminum and steel and, at 127 pounds (58 kg), would be three times heavier if made from steel.

The G 580 has an approach angle of 32 degrees, a departure angle of 30.7 degrees, and a 20.3-degree breakover angle. (Mercedes-Benz)

The ladder frame found on the gas G-Class has been modified and reinforced for the electric variant. As in the petroleum-powered vehicle, the EV has a double wishbone suspension system up front with a solid rear axle in the rear. There are differences, though. The rear axle has been redesigned to accommodate the frame-mounted rear motors, which are connected to the wheels via dual-joint driveshafts. That setup allows full compression of the suspension without changing the camber of the wheels. For those traversing a rough trail, having the entire contact patch of each tire on the ground can be the difference between moving forward or being stuck. Or worse, sliding backward.

For tight corners, G-Steering turns the G Wagen around one of the rear wheels. The wheel remains stationary while the G-Class pivots around it. For a more dynamic turn, the electric G-Class will spin 360 degrees in one spot up to two times while on a dirt road or loose asphalt. The wheels on either side of the vehicle turn in opposite directions. This is commonly known as a tank turn, and it’s something the gas-powered G-Class could never do.

Another upgrade from the gas version is the EV’s ability to ford deeper water. The electric G 580 can handle up to 33.5 inches (851 mm) of water, 5.9 inches (150 mm) more than the gas-powered G 550 and AMG G 63. While traversing up and down inclines, the vehicle handles angles up to 35 degrees without slippage and, separately, can crawl over 100-degree items in certain circumstances.

Rounding out the ruggedness, Mercedes shipped a digital off-road experience that appears on the vehicle’s two 12.3-inch (312-mm) displays. In addition to the usual tilt and power distribution, the 360-degree cameras can be used to create what Mercedes calls a “transparent hood.” Drivers can see the trail ahead that otherwise remains hidden by the front of the vehicle, helpful when driving alone and a spotter is unavailable.

Cameras abound on the new G 580, allowing for a video effect called “transparent hood.” (Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes was upfront about the abilities of the electric G-Wagen surpassing that off the gas version. After some mild prodding, anyway. “I wanted to correct you but I cannot because in off-road capabilities, it’s better,” Mercedes CEO of AMG Michael Schiebe told SAE Media. When asked about the decision to use four two-speed motors instead of a dual-motor setup, the CEO said, “It’s just superior technology; that’s as simple as it is.”

The four motors output 579 combined hp (432 kW) – each motor is capable of 145 hp (108 kW) – and 859 lb-ft (1,165 Nm) that can propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds. The electric G 580 also ships with the usual Sport, Comfort, and Individual modes found in current Mercedes-Benz vehicles for use on asphalt.

To adjust aerodynamics in their favor, Mercedes has slightly altered the vehicle to reduce drag with a spoiler on the roof, a slightly raised hood, A-pillar cladding, and aero wheels.

Mercedes is still rolling on a 400-volt system with AC charging topping off at 11 kW and DC fast charging supported up to 200 kW. At launch, the vehicle will be outfitted with a CCS port, but a CCS to NACS adaptor will be available from Mercedes by the end of the year. Mercedes will eventually add a NACS port to the vehicle.

Inside, you get the Mercedes feel you’ve come to expect from the brand. There are touches of the luxury found in the Mercedes EQS or EQE, but with some old-school nods. The buttons and toggles found in the legacy vehicle are still here. While making the G-Wagen electric was important to Mercedes, it didn’t want to change the vehicle’s character, which is why it hasn’t undergone an exterior design change. Regardless of powertrain, the vehicle needs to look like a G-Wagen.

Pricing and availability for the U.S. market haven’t been announced, but we expect the Edition One launch version of the EV G-Wagen to clock in just slightly south of $200,000 with availability during the second half of 2024.