Mercedes Ener-G Force Concept Previews Future G Wagon: LA Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

If you asked brand fans what the Mercedes G Wagon will look like in 2025, they would probably show you a photo of the 2012 model.

It would be hard to blame them. After all, the car seems to have have updated its styling little more over the years than a gentleman changing his pocket square. But believe it or not, the crazy-looking Ener-G Force concept seen here, is meant to be a preview of the boxy SUV’s future. Then again, this concept is imaginative to say the least.

It originally came from this year’s design challenge which charged contestants to imagine the ultimate law enforcement vehicle. That evolved into the civilian concept Mercedes brought to L.A. this year.

Calling it imaginative is an understatement, but the car certainly offers some cool ideas. Using a tank stored on the roof, the Ener-G can convert water into hydrogen fuel that can then, in theory, be used to keep the car powered.

It’s said to offer 500 miles of emissions-free driving and features independent electric motors for each wheel. While some of that technology is reasonable, other bits would feel more at home amid a Star Trek convention.

Still, if the concept is meant to preview future design cues for Mercedes’ boxiest of off-road-ready beasts, it could mean the brand is considering softening those edges — if only a little.

GALLERY: Mercedes Ener-G Force Concept

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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