Mercedes has recently revealed a first set of images of the new Ener-G-Force SUV concept. We believe if the Merc G-Class was still around in 2025 – it would probably look like this. This new Mercedes-Benz G-class-based concept may be the first indication of the carmaker’s plans to launch a direct rival to the Range Rover.
The Ener-G-Force concept SUV is an imposing seven-seater that, in kitted-up highway patrol vehicle guise, is also Mercedes’ entry into the annual Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge at next week’s LA motor show.
The sources on the web claim the Ener-G-Force is the forerunner to a new three strong line-up of Land Rover-rivalling off-roaders set to join its line-up in coming years, based around existing platforms and driveline combinations, including a long-awaited replacement for the iconic G-class in production since 1979 and a Range Rover rival.
“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-Class,” said Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”
The idea of designing tomorrow’s off-roader interested the designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, the Ener-G-Force updates the functional go-anywhere appearance of the 33-year-old G-class with a bold new look that provides clues to how the company’s new SUV line-up, and it presents a radical reinterpretation of this classic that looks far into the future.
The Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the “Hydro-Tech Converter,” where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. The storage units for the electricity generated in this process are housed easily accessible in the striking side skirts. The Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water, has an operating range of up to 800km and as a result truly is a green car. Four wheel-hub motors, whose output for each individual wheel is adapted precisely to the respective terrain by high-performance electronics, provide the pulling power.
We’ll have more details of the Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept from LA Auto Show later this month.
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