Autocar July 28, 2021

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1 min
the return of motor shows really matters

PRE-PANDEMIC, dwindling manufacturer attendances at major international motor shows were bringing ever fewer new cars to admire. Post-pandemic, budgets are tighter than ever for car firms, and a crowded indoor space is not a great sell to win wider public appeal. So what future for the humble motor show? Motor shows don’t just pull in the cars but also the executives, engineers and designers who’ve made them. The continued relevance of shows is in their ability to bring all these industry decision makers together in one place, and for us to hear from them and tell you their stories. Shows are where trends are set, understood and followed, where confidence in a company can be won or lost, where car makers can be spied on rival stands with tape measures in hand,…

4 min
mercedes primes electric g-class defender beater

Mercedes-Benz will preview the long-mooted electrification of its G-Class SUV with a concept at the Munich motor show that will spearhead the roll-out of a 4x4 sub-brand. It has been nearly two years since CEO Ola Källenius confirmed that the Magna-built Land Rover Defender rival – launched in 1979 as the G-Wagen – would gain an all-electric variant, also predicting that “the last Mercedes built will be a G-Class”. A production version is due in 2024, by which point most of the mainstream models in the Mercedes line-up will be available with electric power. The Munich show car is expected to reveal how the G-Class will be restyled and reconfigured for the electric age, with design and interior cues that closely preview the final production model – much like how 2019’s Vision EQS…

1 min
proof of concept already exists

Austrian battery specialist Kreisel turned its hand to the G-Class back in 2017 to create a one-off, 186-mile electric 4x4 developed in partnership with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Based on the first-generation G350d diesel, Kreisel’s electric G-Class featured an 80kWh battery pack, weighing 510kg, split between its emptied engine bay and fuel tank cavity. Power was supplied by “several” electric motors that produced a combined 483bhp for a 0-62mph time of around 5.6sec and a top speed of 114mph – figures that are likely to be almost replicated by the similarly conceived EQG. Kreisel’s G-Class EV remains to this day a one-off, and the company hasn’t given the same treatment to the second-generation G-Class, but it serves to indicate how readily the G-Class can be converted to battery-electric power.…

2 min
rival electric off-roaders on the way

Ineos Grenadier FCEV Ineos Automotive’s first car will be available from launch with straight-six petrol and diesel engines supplied by BMW, but a new partnership with Hyundai, maker of the Nexo fuel-cell SUV, opens up the possibility for a future hydrogen variant. Ineos commercial director Mark Tennant told Autocar last year that a battery-electric Grenadier isn’t on the cards, because it wouldn’t make sense to take up a “usable payload with a battery pack” sufficiently sized to make an electrified Grenadier capable of venturing far off road. A time frame hasn’t been given by Ineos, but a Grenadier FCEV is unlikely to arrive until after 2023, following the ICE-powered 4x4’s 2022 market launch. Jeep Wrangler PHEV and BEV Jeep’s flagship model is more utilitarian in its ethos than its European rivals yet still fast approaching…

1 min
mercedes all-electric by 2030

Mercedes-Benz plans to go all-electric by 2030 “where market conditions allow” as it gears up to reveal a raft of crucial electrified models at the Munich motor show in September (see p11). Included in a wide-reaching strategy announcement were plans on how the German firm will reduce investment in combustion engines, cut EV manufacturing costs and maintain its current profit margins. Most notably, it will introduce four all-new EV platforms by 2025 for use across its entire product range and has committed to building eight new EV battery factories worldwide, four of them in Europe (see p10). Key to the new strategy is a commitment to prioritising profit over volume, which will result in Mercedes increasing sales of top-rung models and standardising the majority of the components that it uses in vehicle production.…

1 min
merc to sell ev in every segment from 2022

MERCEDES-BENZ WILL have an EV in every market segment from 2022 and will offer an electric powertrain in all of its models from 2025, accelerating a number of targets revealed in its earlier Ambition 2039 strategy. Following the introduction of the MMA EV architecture for small vehicles in 2024, every Mercedes platform developed will be EV-only. In 2025, the firm will add three all-new platforms catering to its entire line-up. The new MB.EA platform will underpin medium and large passenger vehicles, such as SUVs. AMG.EA will be developed by Mercedes’ in-house performance division, AMG, for electric sports cars. And the Van.EA platform will be used for light commercial vehicles. Following the launches of the EQC SUV, EQA hatchback, EQV people carrier, EQB crossover and EQS limousine (driven, p22), Mercedes will introduce the EQE…