Inspired by the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge search for the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025,” Mercedes Benz has released the Vision Ener-G-Force concept sport utility patrol vehicle. Small windows help officers within maintain a low profile, rotating beacons on the roof project the strength of police presence in the vicinity, and the striking design combine with the rugged wheels to make this beast high capable on or off the beaten track.
In the words of Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars, “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. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”
This isn’t just for those in uniform either. Mercedes intends to take the concept a step further with a civilian version, no doubt recognizing the success of vehicles such as the Hummer from its military predecessors. It’s even considered “green,” too, carrying recycled water in roof-mounted tanks that supply water to the “hydro-tech converter” so that it can be converted into hydrogen for power. Just don’t expect to find this bad boy under the tree; there are no current plans to put this design concept into production anytime soon.
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