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