Mike Stevens | Nov 19, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has brought its Ener-G-Force rendering to life as a new concept, destined for an unveiling next week's LA Auto Show.

Revealed as an illustrated entry for the event's '2025 Patrol Car' design challenge, Mercedes hints that the Ener-G-Force could preview a next-generation G-Class model.

"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," Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener said.

"Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

The concept was penned by designer Hubert Lee, who cites the original G-Class as the driving force behind the Ener-G-Force's proportions and finer details.

"We wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also wanted the G’s characteristic features," Lee said.

Among the concept's features is a tool compartment in outside of the tailgate - including a logoed wheel wrench embedded in the cover.

No surprise, the futuristic Ener-G-Force is driven by a hydrogen fuel-cell arrangement, utilising recycled water stored in roof tanks to power four hub-mounted electric motors.

In its more colour illustrated form, the Ener-G-Force is described as an all-road patroller that can operate independently of what Mercedes imagines as a fully automated future vehicle network.

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