mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen

mercedes-benz G 580 first drive

 

Thrilled with immediate power and one-pedal driving due to energy recuperation, manoeuvring an EV can often feel toy-like with go-karting ease and excitement. As the Mercedes-Benz G-Class turns electric, technically called the G 580 with EQ technology, this electrifying experiences take on a new dimension. designboom embarked on an off-road expedition to test drive the new evolution of this iconic model, its style and performance character, and trial new tricks like the G-TURN, G-STEERING, and off-road crawl.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
first drive of the Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ technology

all images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

 

 

electric g-wagen

 

At the core of the Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ technology is an 116kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It is protected within a torsion-resistant casing and carbon underbody, safeguarding against water, dirt, and impact while ensuring a lower center of gravity for off-road prowess. Charged from 10 to 80% in 32 minutes, this provides a range of up to 473km that can be recuperated when coasting, braking, and even when climbing up and down off-road.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
designboom experienced the electric G-wagen

 

 

Powered by four individually controlled motors strategically positioned near each wheel, the electric G-wagen pushes its powerful torque to each wheel from standstill. 432KW and 1,164Nm in total help it conquer inclines and loose surfaces with ease. Differential locks, precisely calibrated to distribute torque to each wheel as needed, ensure maximum traction and flexibility when cornering. This does not need to manually engaged, instead it is fully automatic in off-road mode. Together, this all results in a gradeability of up to 100% and stability on sideways slopes of up to 36 degrees, ensuring all terrains are conquered and even fording depths of 850mm.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
G-TURN revolves the car by up to two rotations on the spot

 

 

g-turn, g-steering and off-road crawl

 

Innovative driving tricks such as G-TURN and G-STEERING redefine off-road manoeuvrability. The G-TURN astounds by revolving on the spot to change direction of travel. G-STEERING significantly shrinks turning circle, throwing the back round corners without the need of the accelerator, and eliminating multi-point turns. The transparent bonnet feature provides a digital view of the terrain ahead and below. Meanwhile, the off-road crawl function acts as a veritable cruise control so that optimal speed is maintained whilst the driver concentrates on navigating tough terrains and obstacles.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
the interior design creates a cabin of functional beauty that combines style, comfort, and utility

 

 

The G 580 retains its iconic angular silhouette but with special electric details. A slightly raised bonnet, new A-pillar trim, and ‘air curtains’ in rear wheel-arch flares optimize airflow and improve acoustics specifically. The classic round headlights receive a new pairing: a black-panel radiator grille with animated LED light bands. An optional rectangular design box houses charging cables, tools, or snow chains. Otherwise beloved details remain, such as the unique door handles and indicators mounted on the wings.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
G-TURN is accompanied by the innovative G-STEERING and off-road crawl features

 

 

The interior pairs utility and luxury in a typical G-wagon sense. Square-edged air vents, open-pore wood door trims, and passenger grab handles create an aesthetic of functional beauty. Ambient lighting and opulent leather upholstery for the seats surround the driver and passengers in an elegant environment that matches the icon’s lifestyle image. In terms of comfort, occupants can sit back, turn on massage or heat for their seats, and play with onboard screens.

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
the interior (and exterior) can be personalized with the MANUFAKTUR customization range

 

 

For those seeking bespoke luxury, MANUFAKTUR – Mercedes-Benz’s customization range – offers owners an array of personalization options. Every aspect of their G 580 experience can be tailored. From paint selections to trim elements, the possibilities are virtually limitless – like the car’s performance – enabling over a million unique combinations of colors, contrasts, and materials. Here, G-class signatures are swapped with MANUFAKTUR lettering to signify its refinement.

 

With its electrifying performance, iconic design, and unparalleled customization options, the Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ technology heralds a new chapter in off-road excellence; the electric G-wagon evolves the iconic model into the electric era.

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the EV can ford to depths of 850mm thanks to its battery casing

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
electrified details reveal the character of the car, such as the black-panel radiator grille

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the electric evolution of the iconic model makes for an even more toy-like experience

mercedes-benz G 580 review: first off-road drive of electric G-wagen
the new G-wagen retains the character of the 1979 design but with modifications to match the electric era

 

 

car info:

 

brand: Mercedes-Benz@mercedesbenz

model: G 580 with EQ technology

year: 2025

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