Ever wondered how one of the most popular vehicle segments today, the Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV, will evolve in a little over a decade’s time? A design study from Mercedes-Benz gives us a glimpse into that future.
The Ener-G-Force is the company’s vision of how the Mercedes-Benz G-Class might look like in 2025, more specifically, as a Highway Patrol Vehicle. It will have to meet the demands of future law enforcement, where it must be able to reach any place quickly and reliably.
“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 Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The Ener-G-Force sports a dominant front grille that incorporates the headlamps. LEDs in the headlamps form lamp units in the shape of a G, while the front indicators and position lights are mounted on top of the wings.
Set to be unveiled officially at the Los Angeles International Motor Show, the Ener-G-Force design study was the work of the company’s Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California.
Its environmental credentials include storing recycled water in tanks on the roof, then transferring it to the “hydro-tech converter”, where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. The electricity generated is cleverly housed in storage units integrated in the car’s side skirts.
Mercedes-Benz estimates the Ener-G-Force will have an 800km range, with only water vapour coming out of its tailpipes.