Mercedes-Benz joined the LA Auto Show Design Challenge and created what it named as the Ener-G-Force Concept, which offers a preview of what to expect from the future G-Class model. The Ener-G-Force is scheduled to make its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. According to Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars, the Ener-G-Force is the “vision of an off-roader” that is a reflection of future adventures.
It also calls upon the features of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a definite off-road icon. It is modern and cool and may also provide a hint of what to expect with the direction that Mercedes-Benz will take for its off-road design. The design challenge for this year is to create the ultimate law enforcement vehicle of 2025. A sketch of this car was made by Mercedes designers who took it one step higher with the civilian rendition of the appearance of the police machine.
The Ener-G-Force makes use of hydrogen fuel cells and a “hydro-tech converter” in which natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen to be used for the operation of the fuel cells. The vehicle provides a 500-mile range that has zero emissions. It also gets independent electric motors in every wheel. Scanning the road ahead is a “Terra-Scan” topography scanner that determines the spring and damper rates.
In the Los Angeles Design Challenge, the concept of the Ener-G-Force that was presented by Mercedes-Benz may be perceived merely as science fiction. The idea however of developing the off-roader of the future has inspired the designers in the brand’s Advanced Design Studio in California. They recreated the blueprint of the police vehicle and built it into a 1:1 scale civilian model. Similar to the “2025 Highway Patrol Vehicle”, the character of the Ener-G-Force is molded from the shape of the G-Class, the cross-country icon which has been revered since the golden days of the ‘70s. Up to the present, the G-Class remains as a competitive SUV for its style and innovative features.
While the civilian Ener-G-Force took its inspiration from the G-Class, it created its own interpretation of the classic automobile by looking forward to the future. Significant attributes such as design elements and proportions were fully updated and modified in a brand new and classy concept. Hubert Lee, the designer of the Ener-G-Force, stated that the team wanted to maintain the signature features of the G but have also desired to move forward. The Ener-G-Force thus carried the same profile but had a scaled-down glass aspects and elevated shoulder line.
It is established that the design blueprint of the G-Class was inspirational for the development of the Ener-G-Force. The latter, however, is built with surfaces that exhibit greater tension and intensity. The sophisticated execution of details is also a strong manifestation of its modernity and innovativeness.
Reminiscent of the G-Class, the radiator grille of the Ener-G-Force is made to be bold and expressive by how it was incorporated with the headlights. The LED lights that were used create the G shape which has certainly contributed to the car’s dominating and bold appearance. Another signature element that was implemented was the mounting of running lights and front turn signals above the fenders.
The unique 3-panel greenhouse and roof of the car also remind us of the classic and elegant G-Class of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The Ener-G-Force was also built with the same powerful set of wheels with large 20-inch rims.