Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept Muscles Up Future SUVs

November 29, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

I thought Autobots were here. Really, Mercedes-Benz’s SUV is a monster of the road. The name is a mouthful, but fitting to the image: Geländewagen.

Actually, the vehicle has been running for three decades, lending tyres for military use initially, before making it into the civilian garage in 1979.

The G-Wagon got updated for the future and Mercedes has lined it up with the Ener-G-Force concept, which the Stuttgart folks are planning to unveil in 2025.

The Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, thought up this macho ride for the Highway Patrol, after which the rich guys from Middle East drove the toned down boy.

As you can see from the screenshots, it’s the grimace that catches our attention. Well, that and the bulging wheel arches with the 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires.

Notice the LED headlamps that form a perfect ‘G’, and the flat roof which gives it a menacing look.

The faux spare wheel well on the hatch can open and extend outward, wherein lies a safety kit, tool box and other assorted off-road survival equipment you might find handy when stranded in the wilderness.

The look of the big guy should sum up the power he would be having. Each wheel would be powered by an individual electric motor, and there’s a futuristic converter system built-in for power.

The roof stores recycled water which is used as fuel by a hydro-tech converter to give hydrogen which powers the vehicle to 500 miles of emission-free drive. And if that’s not futuristic enough for you, there’s a roof-mounted “Terra-Scan” 360-degree topography scanner.

The scanner will track the terrain ahead and according to the topography and contour of the land, will automatically adjust the spring and damper rates of the suspension to ensure a smooth driving. Now that would be real useful technology to have if you go driving on mountains.

Mercedes reportedly is working on a stereo camera-based system to implement on future models, but we don’t know if that will come through.

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