Our correspondents have flown all the way to Los Angeles to attend one of the most anticipated automotive events of the year, the 2012 LA Auto Shows. Their first stop was at the Mercedes stand where was displayed the Ener-G-Force, a concept off-road based on a futuristic reinterpretation of Mercedes G-Class.
The design has been created by Mercedes to enter the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which theme for this year competition was “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025”. The prototype reflects the stylistic language and main characteristics of the Mercedes G-Class, and also presents G-shaped details to remind of its inspiration model. These are collocated at the sides, rear and front, on the direction indicators, LED headlights and front air intakes.
Ener-G-Force is based on a F-Cell Hydrogen propulsion system and has an operative range of more than 800 km. Mercedes Ener-G-Force is powered by four electric motors and the central control system cleverly delivers the torque on each wheel in order to adjusts its settings and adapt to different types of surface. The concept presents innovative solutions, such as the removable battery pack, which sit on the lower part of the side skirts, or the spare wheel container on the tailgate, which is a removable toolbox and also can be used to remove the wheel nuts.
Our correspondents had the chance to talk to Hubert Lee, creative director at Mercedes, who explained that the concept design has been transformed into a vehicle with a more rounded shape and a more curvaceous side line than the standard G-Class. Despite this, the surfaces have been designed to communicate intensity and tension. The large 20-inch wheels, the aggressive-looking front grille and scaled-down glass area give the Ener-G-Force a towering appearance. But at Mercedes it’s been confirmed that the height of the car remains that of the current version.
We hope to see the concept translated into reality very soon.