Friday, November 16, 2012

Conceptual and Evolutionary SUV from Mercedes Benz (Autoweek)

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force to debut at Los Angeles auto show ~ More details about cutting-edge concept

A better view of the G-shaped headlights on the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force SUV concept. Photo by MARK VAUGHN.
By: Greg Kable on 11/16/2012

Mercedes-Benz will reveal the Ener-G-Force concept vehicle later this month at the Los Angeles auto show.

It's an imposing seven-seater dressed in highway-patrol vehicle guise, and it also provides the centerpiece for the German carmaker's entry into this year's Los Angeles Design Challenge.

Mercedes-Benz officials won't be drawn out on specifics just yet, but highly placed sources claim the Ener-G-Force is the forerunner to a three-vehicle lineup of Land Rover-rivaling off-roaders set to join the German carmaker's portfolio in the future. They will be based around existing platforms and driveline combinations.

Intriguingly, this concept previews a long-awaited replacement for the G-class in production since 1979.

“The Ener-G-Force invokes the genes of the G-class. It could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz,” said Gorden Wagener, head of Mercedes design.

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