Entering the Auto Design Challenge at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2012, Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept revealed a vision on the future G-Class SUV, the German presence in the segment dating from 1979.
I don’t know if I really like the design of this concept. Normally you want to see the production version closer to the concept. In this case I hope it will not be like the concept shown in the photo gallery. Seems to me like too much distance from the G-Class with which we are familiar. However, I hope that Mercedes knows very well what it does, especially with an emblematic model for the company. Then, as with majority of the Mercedes models, I start to really like them only after a while, sometimes years. So this is why I choose to have another look at the Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept.
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept – Design & Engine
After presenting the formal drawings, Mercedes returned with a life-size concept, a concept that could foreshadow a new design direction for the future G-Class, model existing on the market since 1979.
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes design director, said: “Ener-G-Force Concept is the vision of a future G-Klasse off-road concept, reflecting on the adventures of tomorrow with an invocation of Mercedes tradition in this segment. With a modern feel, the concept could be an indication of the future design language of Mercedes-Benz.”
Alternating shiny metal surfaces with small dark side windows expresses strength and power, the reference being to a vault or a bunker on wheels, whose main access way seemed visually to be trough the rear tailgate. This has engraved on the cap that mimics the spare wheel location, the cross arms of the false opening mechanism that directs and focuses attention on the three-corner star Mercedes-Benz logo.
Like a true off-roader, Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept is decorated with ceiling projectors, has huge 20-inch wheels, generous tires and high ground clearance. Fitting these special tires was possible due to large wing clippings. Angles of attack and large clearance, vital to climbing the toughest tracks are facilitated by the front and rear almost nonexistent overhangs.
Stylistically, as a reminiscence or a link to the legendary G-Wagon, Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept kept the small horizontal shape of the taillights and turn signals on the front hood.
Mercedes Ener-G-Force concept comes with an innovative storage solution, consisting of a sliding compartment that can carry equipment and can be opened without accessing the vehicle’s tailgate. Innovation also finds its place under the bonnet. As the name suggests, propulsion is provided by several electrical units, kept alive by the fuel cell. These consume recycled water stored in reservoirs mounted on the roof.
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept uses as powertrain a hydro converter to transform water (from the containers located on the roof) into hydrogen. The electric motors develop fuel cell energy, electricity being created in the cell from the chemical reaction between hydrogen (produced on-board) and the oxygen from the ambient air. In the cell, hydrogen decomposes into positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons. Protons migrate to oxygen, as such forming the pure water, the vapors being eliminated through the exhaust pipe. When the circuit is connected, the remaining electrons migrate between positive and negative poles generating electricity.
Like the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar, Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept copies the all-wheel drive system through four electric motors controlled by an advanced electronic. The integration of these four engines in the wheel hub approaches this technology by another concept, Mercedes-Benz E Brabus 4WD Full Electric, the traditional house tuner of the Stuttgart manufacturer, adapting in an E-Class bodywork an innovative electric propulsion systems that involves all four wheels. The four electric motors embedded into the wheel manage the power extremely effective, being able to deliver torque to the more gripping wheel or where appropriate, braking others.
This resources will be sufficient to set in motion the four electric motors located above each wheel. Fuel cells will provide a range of at least 500 miles (800 km). Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept integrates Terra Scan, a system capable of surveying through a 360 degrees scanner around the vehicle, the aim being to adapt and adjust the stroke and strength of the suspension to the terrain.
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept Video
Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept via Mercedes-Benz