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.
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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