Mercedes-Benz gives a glimpse into the future at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show with their latest Ener-G-Force concept based on the classic G-Class off-roader born in 1979. The Ener-G-Force was developed as a future California Highway Patrol Vehicle concept for the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge. The quest for the 'Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025' concept puts durable off-road capabilities and green-car characteristics as its fundamental virtues, which Mercedes-Benz designers in their Carlsbad, California studio incorporated into the vehicle.
"The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow's adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G model. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz," said Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Glass areas have been minimized to make the vehicle a safe cocoon for law enforcement officers who face many dangers while doing their duties. Roof-integrated emergency lamps make it impossible to ignore, while a strike front gives a commanding presence of authority, and the large wheels shod with all-terrain tires make way even when there is none.
While the police vehicle concept was total science fiction, designers at the Mecedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio were so inspired that they built a 1:1-scale civilian model based on the 'Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025' Ener-G-Force modeled after the G-Class. While unmistakably inspired, the Ener-G-Force presents a radical interpretation of the classic G-Class while looking far into the future.
"Of course we wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also wanted the G's characteristic features," said Hubert Lee, Ener-G-Force Designer.
Some of the modern elements include: LEDs integrated into the headlamps form the shape of a G, giving it a strong, iconic appearance; 20-inch rims wrapped with all-terrain tires; a modern pull-out compartment which takes up the look of a spare wheel carrier but actually functions as a tool box; a roof-mounted 'Terra-Scan' 360-degree topography scanner which in combination with the electronically controlled suspension system adjusts accordingly to terrain; and a ‘hydro-tech converter’ which converts recycled water from the roof tanks to energy that powers the four wheel hub motors for an 800-kilometer operating range. Despite its tough looks, the Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water.