Concept Flashback: 2012 Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force

The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-force concept from Los Angeles 2012 deserves a fresh look, despite its ridiculous name.

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As part of the annual LA design challenge, the Ener-G truck seemed a bit too whimsical to ever see production.


But could times be changing? The Galendewagen must be made until 2017 (I believe) based on a supply agreement with the German government.


While keeping production lines open, the luxury G63 AMG is a consistent superstar for the brand.

These wide-bodies from German Special Customs help illustrate the G-Class' popularity.

These wide-bodies from German Special Customs help illustrate the G-Class’ popularity.

Even if only a few hundred are sold per year – the margins on a $150,000 SUV offer plenty of leverage to keep G-wagon fans happy.

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So how does this relate to rallying and hybrid cars? Mercedes-Benz latest motorsports push is bursting at the seams – with appetite for new series.


What better than the Paris-Dakar of the future?


A series where Mercedes has logged five Truck class wins and that or more car class wins – but has yet to see the friendly dune mountains of Chile since the race switched routes from northern Africa to exclusively the west coast of South America.


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You can bet the competitive spirit is boiling at Mercedes as MINI stomped all comers for s 1-2 finish this year. This is their third win in a row.


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So will their Dakar truck be this big? Probably not. More likely to preview the style reset coming to the GLK in a few years. But even so, it is fun to dream.

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If hybrid powertrains became a class or experimental group in future Dakar rallies — the features and style of the semi-autonomous, 500-mile-cruising-range SUV may seem extra special.



Overall, the Ener-G-force brings some exciting ideas on how to evolve the G-Class legend into 2020 and beyond. Fuel cells are always promised — but a diesel-electric hybrid is much more likely to win Paris-Dakar.

Original 2012 Release from Mercedes-Benz.

November 16 2012

Ener-G-Force – off-road for tomorrow

Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 and more


  • Is it possible that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will still be around in 2025?

  • A cool design study from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates how the genes of the classic off-roader from 1979 may still assert themselves far into the future.

  • It is based on the concept of a future police car developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge.

The Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 looks far ahead with a quest for the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025”. Law enforcement will have to prepare for even more crowded roads with electronically monitored and guided traffic, a much larger population and changes in human behavior.


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