MERCEDES-BENZ G-CODE CONCEPT CAR

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to celebrate the opening of their new product engineering centre in beijing, mercedes-benz introduced a sports utility coupé for the future: the ‘G-Code vision concept’. under the direction of the main office in sindelfingen, the advanced design studio within the daimler product engineering center in beijing created a technology-focused SUC with coupé-like side lines and dynamically flowing greenhouse. the latest addition to the silver arrows family integrates a variable plug-in hybrid drive system with long electric operating range and a turbocharged combustion engine that runs exclusively on hydrogen

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when the G-Code is parked, it produces a decentralized generation of electricity; a high-tech ‘multi-voltaic’ silver paint finish replenishes the power supply, acting like a giant solar cell. the high-tech coating has also been engineered to be charged ‘electrostatically’ with wind when the vehicle is stationary. according to mercedes-benz, ‘these electrical charges are tapped and likewise used for the methane and hydrogen synthesis.’ a unique ‘power on the move’ suspension also aids in the generation of electricity. springs and dampers are hydraulic and networked via a central control unit – the rebound of the springs and dampers drives a compact current generator.

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the sports utility coupé has drawn reference from the popular starship enterprise from the star trek television series with the digital radiator grille. in place of a conventional grille, the central ‘warp drive’, as the german luxury manufacturer refers to it, boasts two chrome louvers in the front that are surrounded by a continuous display. two full-LED headlamps extend from the depth of the lights like the lens of a digital camera and focus the light in line with the driving and traffic situation. in addition, an LED light strip across the entire rear provides a stage for the G-Code with various illuminations for turn indicators, tail lights, and brake lights.

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the interior has been designed to deliberately let digital and analogue worlds collide. the combination of classic cockpit elements and state-of-the-art high tech stimulates the senses. the steering wheel, which rests in the instrument panel, unfolds like a butterfly and together with the integral head-up display, also moves into an ergonomic driving position. the built-in wide-screen display spans the entire width of the instrument panel and provides a clear overview of the various vehicle and multimedia functions, all of which feature intuitive driver controls.

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all images courtesy mercedes-benz

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