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Mercedes-Benz G-Class: electrified baby G-Wagen reportedly in the works, could rival Land Rover Defender


A lower entry price would make the smaller G-Wagen a lot more attainable for the masses if it arrives in 2026, as reported

As one of the most iconic off-road SUVs in the automotive world, expensive entry prices have long meant that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been reserved for the world’s rich and famous. 

It seems that the Mercedes-Benz might be looking to remedy this through producing a smaller and fully-electric version of the G-Wagen, with reports hinting that it would be aimed at the mass market as early as 2026. 

2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 white rear
The Mercedes-AMG G63 makes use of a twin-turbo V8 engine

A more affordable version of the G-Class SUV would likely be more of a rival for the likes of the Land Rover Defender, and Jeep Wrangler, as its current $365,091 entry point before on-road costs in AMG guise puts it in somewhat of a niche market position. 

According to a report from German outlet Handelsblatt, Mercedes-Benz is looking to produce a G-Class “offshoot” that would feature less ground clearance and a shorter wheelbase, but retain a similar squared-off aesthetic. 

Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 2021 silver front end
The GLB took design cues from the iconic G-Class

Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius is reportedly a key driving force behind the project, with the German source stating that he “absolutely” wants the model to happen. 

Baby G-Class could be electric

The report also notes the baby G-Class would likely be built on Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming MMA platform, which is set to make its first appearance on a small all-electric model

Reported to debut sometime in 2024 to 2025, the 800-volt architecture is expected to bring improvements to range and charging over the existing converted combustion platforms used in EVs such as the EQA small SUV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept 2022 dynamic
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept incorporates elements of the MMA platform

News of a smaller G-Class SUV comes two years after Mercedes-Benz announced the EQG – an all-electric version. 

Though details of this electric off-roader still remain a mystery, the German brand seems confident that it can bring the SUV to market during mid-2026.