The Mercedes-Benz EQC electrical SUV wasn’t designed for off-roading, however a brand new idea automobile reveals what might occur if electrical powertrains are merged with off-road {hardware}.

The EQC 4×4 Squared idea makes use of the physique shell and powertrain from the EQC 400, however with upgraded suspension and axles, pointing the way in which towards an anticipated future electrical model of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-roader (also called the G-Wagen).

The 4×4 Squared sits about eight inches greater than an ordinary EQC, giving the idea 11.5 inches of floor clearance. It additionally boasts method and departure angles of 31.eight levels and 33 levels, respectively. That is truly higher than the present G-Class, which has shallower method and departure angles, at 28 levels in each circumstances.

Mercedes additionally quoted a breakover angle of 24.2 levels, which helps forestall the middle of the automobile from getting hung up on obstacles. The EQC 4×4 Squared may also ford virtually 16 inches of water, in accordance with Mercedes.

These spectacular specs are made attainable partly by portal axles, which place the wheel hub under the axle centerline. This will increase floor clearance, permits for a wider observe, and in addition gives one other set of gears past the differential, permitting for even decrease gearing.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4x4 Squared

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4×4 Squared

Mercedes additionally added 20-inch wheels wrapped in 285/50R20 tires, and an off-road mode based mostly on software program from the internal-combustion GLC crossover. It will probably use the brakes to shift torque distribution when beginning on unfastened surfaces, in accordance with the automaker.

This idea is an surprising twist, contemplating that Mercedes has acknowledged to us that off-road use wasn’t at all intended as a part of the EQC’s means set.

The mannequin’s United States arrival has been delayed a number of instances, with battery supply reportedly enjoying an element within the delays. Mercedes additionally must prioritize the European market to be able to meet stricter emissions requirements that got here into impact this yr.

What this would possibly truly be is a not-so-veiled look—with curvier sheetmetal—at what an electrical G-Wagen confirmed to be in the works is likely to be.