Mercedes-Benz will be one of several automakers using the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show to look into not only the near future, but also the more distant horizon.
Such is the philosophy behind the automaker's 2025 Ener-G-Force concept SUV. Named like a Monster energy drink, it was conceived as a reinterpretation of the old-school G-Class SUV that Mercedes has been selling since 1979. Design elements like turning signals and running lights mounted on top of the fenders and a distinct three-piece greenhouse pay homage to the current SUV that Mercedes deems iconic.
Photos: Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept
Yet this utility concept of the future also incorporates technology not available on vehicles today. This is only a full-scale model without a functioning powertrain, but Mercedes imagines the Ener-G-Force would be powered by four independently controlled motors, one mounted at each wheel. A topography scanner mounted on the roof would enable the suspension to continuously adjust to changing terrain for maximum traction.
In case that's not futuristic enough for you, Mercedes says this concept would be powered by hydrogen fuel cells that get some of their energy from recycled water captured in the tanks mounted to the roof. The water would be used in a "hydro-tech" converter that turns natural and renewable resources into hydrogen. Water also would be this concept's only emission.
No word yet on whether George Jetson has put down a deposit on one.
You can see this concept and the rest of the vehicles, production and concept, at the L.A. Auto Show from Nov. 30 though Dec. 9 at the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned right here: The Highway 1 blog will be covering the event live from the floor on the press days, Nov. 28 and 29.
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