Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the new compact SUV concept, G-Code, to commemorate the opening of its new research and development facility in China. The 2+2 seater SUC measures about 4.10 metre in length and has counter-opening doors. It captivates with a coupé-like profile, muscular wheel arches and a continuous greenhouse without visible A-pillars. The interior visualizes the designers' idea of combining the practical talents of an SUV with the emotional appeal of a sports car.
The G-Code concept vehicle interprets the current design idiom of sensual purity from the perspective of the Mercedes-Benz advanced designers in Beijing and Sindelfingen. The combination of emotion and intelligence conveys modern luxury in a compact form. As a result, the G-Code is also a perfect fit for today's understanding of design in China. "The G-Code is both beautiful and intelligent, and interprets our typical Mercedes Coupé design idiom," says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design of Daimler AG. The continuous glass area - similar to the cockpit glazing of a powerboat - lends the G-Code, which is about 1.90 metre wide and only about 1.50 metre tall, a coherent horizontal arrangement and a resounding forward thrust even while at a standstill. This solution seems to literally levitate the roof with its retractable roof rails and tension-charged surfaces above the vehicle body, and signals the lightness of automotive being.
In addition to the striking "muscles" that span from the headlamps to the rear and lend the side a purist and flowing lines, the 21-inch aluminium wheels with delicate carbon-fibre spokes catch the eye in the side view. They provide an interesting contrast to the harmonious side line of the G-Code. In place of a conventional louvred grille, the central trademark star and the two chrome louvres in the radiator are surrounded by a continuous display. The engine is cooled by means of innovative air deflection via apertures in the side and at the bottom of the front. The two full-LED headlamps are further eye-catchers at the front in addition to the innovative radiator grille. When they are switched on, they extend from the depth of the headlamp like the lens of a digital camera and focus the light in line with the driving and traffic situation. In addition, the daytime running lamps in the shape of a stylized "G" attract attention.
Depending on the selected mode, the G-Code can operate as a front-wheel drive vehicle powered solely by the combustion engine, as an all-electric rear-wheel drive vehicle or fully variable in all-wheel drive mode. A completely newly configured system controls this innovative all-wheel drive system. It combines the two power sources as demanded by the current driving situation. The powertrain control acts as a "digital prop shaft" between front and rear axle.
Now that you have seen images of G-code, you can also see our GLA-Class video review here.