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Mike Stevens | Nov, 04 2014 | 4 Comments

Mercedes could go one-smaller for the compact SUV market if this latest concept is a hint of what’s to come for the premium German marque.

Dubbed ‘G-Code’, the new light SUV concept is the work of Merc’s new Beijing-based R&D centre, developed to mark the new facility’s opening.

The new concept takes its styling cues from the latest Mercedes offerings, with even a little of the hero AMG GT coupe appearing in its front-end design.

There’s also a sleek and more streamlined look through the profile, surrendering the sharp and swooping character lines that feature across its production siblings.

Debuting as a potential new production model below the muscular-looking GLA, the G-Code would take on the likes of Audi’s now confirmed Q1 crossover.

But, while the G-Code is yet to be confirmed for a showroom launch, there’s a number of new technologies packed in that could appear with future models.

Headlining those features is the concept’s multi-voltaic paint, which sees the body of this compact SUV act as one giant and mobile solar panel.

More, Mercedes-Benz says the special paint can even draw energy from the wind passing across its surface as the vehicle moves.

There’s even more green-energy tech beneath the skin, with the G-Code’s ZF-developed GenShock suspension design able to draw charge from the motion of the springs and dampers.

Motivation in the G-Code is provided by a hydrogen-burning turbocharged engine powering on the front wheels, and an electric motor driving the rear axle.

The G-Code will make its official world premiere at the LA Auto Show later this month. Stay tuned.

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