Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted November 04, 2014 13:54
Powered by a hydrogen combustion engine paired with an electric motor
Mercedes-Benz recently released images and divulged details about the 2015 G-Code concept car that was designed specifically for Asia's urban environments. According to a recent study conducted by its parent company Daimler, the younger Asian society will prefer 'above all cool and sporty crossovers' than traditional cars.
The G-Code concept is finished in a high-tech 'Multi-Voltaic Silver' that acts as a giant solar cell. The paint is electro-statically charged so it can tap the electrical charges present in the wind when stationary and use the energy for hydrogen and methane synthesis for the engine.
The G-Code measures 4100mm long, 1900mm wide and 1500mm tall. The front end features thin LED headlights with DRLs that is complemented by a unique illuminated grill design that pulsates depending on the mode of the car. When parked, the miniature star lights softly pulsate blue light and on all-electric Hybrid E-drive mode, the stars also light up in blue and move towards the center. On mixed Hybrid Eco mode, the stars still go towards the center but now emanate a purple hue and on Hybrid Sport mode, the direction of the stars go towards the edge of the grill and now pulsate in red.
From the side, it has short front and rear overhangs and has a coupe-like profile without visible A-pillars thanks to the car's continuos glass area. Below, muscular wheel arches dominate the lower section and house the 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber spokes. The rear is designed simply with a single strip taillight that runs from each end and is accented by the brand's 3-pointed star emblem and dual exhaust pipes integrated onto the rear bumper.
The G-Code concept uses a 2+2 seating arrangement and eliminates the B-pillars by using counter-opening doors which make entry and exit a breeze for both the front and rear passengers. After starting the car via a smartphone, the pedals, steering wheel and instrument panel extend from their rest position and move onto ergonomic positions for the driver. Working alongside the instrument panel is a wide-screen display that almost spans the entire width of the panel. It provides multi-information display, various multimedia functions and also acts as the car's rear-view mirror since the G-Code makes use of a rearview camera instead. When turned off, the pedals, steering wheel and panels revert back to their rest position.
The interior trim contrasts between black and white, with the dirt-resistant floor using the darker palette while the seats use the lighter hue. The seats themselves are constructed with a shell-like design and are mixed with carbon fiber and leather. They are fitted with 3D body scanners that monitor important physical parameters and can optionally display the condition of the occupants on the central display. The system automatically activates amenities such as heating, cooling or massage functions to eliminate body fatigue while it is still at an early stage. The air conditioning system also gets photosynthetic emissions scrubbing and an ionizing process to ensure an interior atmosphere free of allergens and particulate matter.
Mercedes-Benz is still withholding powertrain specifics but the company did state that the G-Code utilizes a compact turbocharged hydrogen engine that drives the front wheels and an electric motor that provides motivation for the rear wheels. Depending on the driving mode, the driver can set the car on pure electric power, pure engine power or fully variable in all-wheel drive mode. A control logic regulates the power between the front and rear when using all-wheel drive mode.
Additionally, the car has 3 Hybrid select modes which consists of Hybrid E-Drive, which sets up for maximum all-electric mobility, Hybrid Eco Mode which focuses on maximum drive system comfort with hybrid efficiency and Hybridi Sport Mode that makes the car perform as a driving machine leveled with compact sports cars.