Mercedes previews 2025 G-Class
Mercedes-Benz will be presenting a new concept car at the LA Auto Show later this month, but it isn’t for next year, nor the year after – this is a concept of the 2025 G-Class to rival the Range Rover.
Developed for the L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge 2012, the Ener-G-Force is an environmentally friendly SUV envisioned as being able to go anywhere quickly and reliably using alternative energy sources. The small windows are designed to make the occupants feel as if they’re in a safe cocoon and there are plenty of off-roading accessories on the concept.
Styling wise, the concept takes a radical and to us, pleasing departure from Mercedes’ usual design language with a far more rugged and stylish look. There are massive wheels and tyres, side steps, spot lights on the roof and a roof storage area. The overall look retains some of the current G-Class’ trademarks though, like the indicator repeaters atop the front wings, the differently coloured surround to the grille and headlights and the boxy shape.
The Ener-G-Force can store recycled water in roof-mounted tanks before being transferred to the “hydro-tech converter” for transforming natural and renewable resources into hydrogen necessary for operating the fuel cells. The electricity generated during this process is saved in storage units mounted on the side skirts, providing a maximum range of approximately 800 km.
Of course, all of this is just theoretical, but if they make something similar in the future it’ll be a very credible Range Rover rival.
Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz