Video: 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQG to be capable of ‘tank turns’


The upcoming electric G-Wagen will have a very special feature, as shown in a video from Mercedes-Benz.

The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQG will be able to turn 360 degrees on its own axis – according to a new video quietly shared by Mercedes-Benz.

Known as ‘tank turn’ (or a ‘skid steer’) – or branded a ‘G-turn’ by the German car maker – the electric G-Class showed off its party trick in a 23-second clip included in a Mercedes-Benz strategy conference last week.

Given the technology required to perform such a stunt, the teaser video confirms the electric version of the Mercedes G-Wagen will use four electric motors – integrated as part of independent front and rigid-axle rear suspension, designed for the electric model.

This allows wheels on one side of the vehicle to rotate one direction while the wheels on the other side drive in the opposite direction, enabling the vehicle to spin on its own axis.


Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian also offers the same stunt mode for its R1T pick-up and R1S SUV, which it calls a ‘tank turn’.

Mercedes-Benz showed off its EQG Concept in September 2021, maintaining the boxy shape of the original Geländewagen, while updating its look with LED lights and a two-tone paint job.

It’s expected the production version of the EQG will retain the model’s ladder-frame chassis, but its batteries will be fitted low into the frame to help lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, helping stability on- and off-road.

The German carmaker has already trademarked the names EQG560 and EQG580, suggesting there will be at least two variants of the model.

New silicon-based battery technology will become available as an option from 2025, delivering increased driving range from a higher-density battery pack.

While ‘tank turn’ tech will deliver benefits on tight bush tracks, it would also make for easier parking in tight spots.

Drive expects the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQG will be unveiled in pre-production form wearing less camouflage over the coming year, as the company prepares to launch the luxury electric SUV some time in the next two years.

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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