IAB Report – Mercedes G-Code compact SUV concept revealed [Video]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2014 - 11:06am IST

Designed by Mercedes’s design houses in China and Germany. 

Mercedes-Benz today revealed the G-Code compact SUV concept that will be presented at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The G-Code essentially previews an all-new sub-GLA compact SUV from the brand that will rival the likes of the Audi Q1 (confirmed for a 2016 launch) and the BMW 1 Series Sport Cross which is reported to come later this decade.

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The G-Code concept measures 4,100 mm in length, 1,900 mm in width and 1,500 mm in height. This makes it 317 mm shorter, 96 mm wider and 6 mm taller than the GLA which is currently Merc’s entry-level crossover model.

The concept was designed by Mercedes-Benz’s design studios in China and Germany. Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz’s head of design states that the G-Code’s design inspiration is “the modern lifestyle of the younger Asian society”.

Mercedes-Benz G-Code Concept side
The G-Code measures 4,100 mm in length, making it 317 mm shorter than the GLA Class.

The G-Code is powered by a turbocharged engine that runs on hydrogen and is assisted by an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. A dual-clutch transmission and an electric propshaft transfer the drive to the wheels.

Also read: Review – Mercedes-Benz GLA

Further details will be announced later this month. The press release has more quotes on the design of the G-Code.

Mercedes G-Code – Image Gallery

Mercedes G-Code – Press Release

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One thought on “IAB Report – Mercedes G-Code compact SUV concept revealed [Video]

  1. GB says:

    Merc has definitely been getting its shapes right. Suicide rear doors with minimal seams and all that 😉

    The hydrogen/electric hybrid powerplant must also be very interesting. I’m sure merc will not waste expensive high octane H2 fuel in the 25% efficient IC engine. Especially when it has the 90% efficient electric motor working alongside. I think that this would be some kind of a series hybrid arrangement where the H2 engine is used only as a electric generator and the only connection to the wheels will be via the electric motor. But again why the 7-speed DGS gearbox in that case?! Such a car would only require a simple gearbox inorder to multiply the returning torque from the wheels during engine braking. This it does to allow the alternator to harvest more electricity while at the same time stimulate engine braking like drag.


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