Mercedes-Benz has revealed its vision of how a G-Class of tomorrow may look, with the Ener-G-Force concept.
Developed to satisfy this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge to find the ‘Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025’, the remit was for an environmentally friendly vehicle that could go anywhere it need to – regardless of the situation.
Created at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in California, the Ener-G-Force sits on fat 20-inch wheels and sports organic-looking styling, including a bold radiator grille and G-shaped LED-infused headlights, fender-mounted indicators, rugged arch extensions and roof-mounted emergency lights.
Propelling the SUV are four wheel-hub motors powered by energy packs – which can vary their output independently to suit the terrain – mounted within the side skirts with lights that change colour to indicate their operating and charging status. Recycled water tanks on the roof feed the vehicle’s hydro-tech converter, which provides electricity for the batteries.
Helping our brave officers to find those donut shops in hard-to-reach areas, is a roof-mounted 360-degree topography Terra-Scan scanner, which constantly surveys the surrounding area and changes the suspension’s spring and damper rates to maintain optimum traction.
“The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow’s adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G model. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz,” said the company’s Director of Design, Gorden Wagener.