Mercedes plans electric ‘little G' SUV for U.S. in 2027

MUNICH — Mercedes-Benz plans to launch deliveries of a compact, battery-powered version of the venerable G-Class SUV in the U.S. in the first half of 2027.

The mini G will retain the boxy profile of the original truck and ride on the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture, a new “electric-first” platform that will underpin compact and midsize vehicles, industry forecaster Sam Fiorani told Automotive News.

Production of the small, zero-emission G-Class begins in Kecskemet, Hungary, in late 2026, with annual production estimated at 50,000 vehicles, said Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.

Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius teased the compact G-Class this week ahead of the Munich auto show.

“There will be a smaller version of one of our most iconic shapes,” Källenius said at an event Sunday. “Yes, there will be a little G.”

The SUV could be badged “g-Class,” based on a teaser photo. Mercedes declined to comment on where the SUV will be assembled or on launch timing.

Källenius said the EV “will be capable … it will be instantly recognizable, and it will be a lot of fun to drive — both on and off the road.”

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