Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Previews SUV of 2025

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


  • Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force

    Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force

    Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force. | November 16, 2012

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2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force design study previews a futuristic SUV and is based on the concept of a 2025 police car developed for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.
  • The Ener-G-Force is unusual in that automakers usually provide only sketches for the Design Challenge — but Mercedes-Benz unveiled a life-sized vehicle.
  • At this point, Mercedes-Benz says the concept is "pure, rendered science fiction."

LOS ANGELES — The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force design study previews a futuristic SUV and is based on the concept of a 2025 police car developed for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

The Ener-G-Force is unusual in that automakers usually provide only sketches for the Design Challenge — but Mercedes-Benz unveiled a life-sized vehicle.

At this point, Mercedes-Benz says the concept is "pure, rendered science fiction."

The Ener-G-Force is spun off the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, which is then converted into hydrogen.

Mercedes-Benz said the concept has an operating range of about 500 miles. A "Terra-Scan" topography scanner on the roof monitors the surroundings and adjusts the spring and damping rates for maximum traction. Other details include a pull-out tool box and LEDs in the headlights that form the shape of the letter "G."

The bumpers, roof rack and rally lights are melded into the body.

Edmunds says: It may be science fiction, but you can be sure that designers will be gauging the public's reaction to see if a future Mercedes-Benz SUV should take this shape.

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