Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept

Concept Cars 4 Nov 2014
Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept

Presented at the opening of the new facility in Beijing, the Vision G-Code is a design study of a futuristic compact crossover that interprets the brand’s current DNA with a focus on Chinese customers.

Defined as a SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) the G-Code aims at presenting “modern luxury” in a compact form.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept - Design Sketch

The car measures about 4.10 metres in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.50 meters in height, with short front and rear overhangs, and high ground clearance, and has counter-opening doors and a 2+2 seating layout.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept

Its silhouette is characterized by a coupé-like profile, muscular wheel arches and a continuous greenhouse without visible A-pillars.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept

This continuous glass area – similar to the cockpit glazing of a powerboat – lends the G-Code a coherent horizontal arrangement and a forward thrust even while at a standstill. This solution seems to levitate the roof with its retractable roof rails and tension-charged surfaces above the vehicle body.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept - Design Sketch Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept - Design Sketch

One of the most distinctive design elements is the front radiator grille: 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, with different operating modes (see below for details).

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept - Front grille

The engine is cooled by means of air deflection via apertures in the side and at the bottom of the front.

The radiator grille is combined with two full-LED headlamps that 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 are designed in the shape of a stylized “G”.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept

At the rear, an LED light strip across the entire width provides a stage for the G‑Code with various illuminations for turn indicators, tail lights, and brake lights.

The sporty character and solid stance are underlined by the “muscles” that span from the headlamps to the rear and by the 21-inch aluminium wheels with carbon-fibre spokes.

The focus on the use in the traffic in Asia’s mega-cities translated into extensive assistance and camera systems, combined with a variable plug-in hybrid drive system with long electric operating range.

The standard side mirrors are replaced by two cameras placed at the top of the A-pillars, and retract flush into the body after the G-Code is parked.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept Interior

The 2+2 interior combines SUV practicality with the emotional appeal of a sports car, mixing high-tech technology with classic elements.

Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code Concept - Interior Design Rendering

Onboard driver assistance systems include a 360-degree monitoring of the surroundings via 3D cameras, radar, infra-red scanner, GPS data and an exchange of large volumes of data with the traffic infrastructure and other vehicles.

Below we report further details from the official release.

From the official Press Release:

The radiator grille

The display visualizes the current operating mode of the G‑Code with a complex and multi-layered star matrix:

  • When the G-Code is parked, it signals the current rest mode with a softly pulsating blue light.
  • In all-electric HYBRID eDrive mode, the digital miniature stars in the radiator grille light up in blue and seem to move from the edge of the display towards the centre. It creates the visual impression of an imaginary permanently opening tunnel in the vehicle front.
  • In the mixed HYBRID eco mode, the direction of movement of the miniature stars remains the same, but the colour changes to a purple hue.
  • In HYBRID sport mode on the other hand, the colour changes to a vivid red and the direction of movement of the miniature stars is reversed. Now it creates the impression of the G-Code permanently transporting imaginary energy to the outside.

The Interior

The combination of classic elements and state-of-the-art high tech stimulates the senses and provides the occupants of the G-Code with an even more authentic experience.

The act of getting into the G-Code is an experience in itself. Thanks to counter-opening doors and the elimination of a B-pillar, the G-Code offers unrestricted access to the interior for driver, front passenger and passengers in the rear.

After the driver has taken a seat in the most comfortable of fashions and has activated the vehicle by means of a smartphone, the instrument panel and pedals automatically extend from their rest positions and move into the most ergonomic position for the driver that also offers the best tactile experience.

Then the steering wheel, which rests in the instrument panel, unfolds like a butterfly and together with the integral head-up display also moves into a perfect position.

Lastly, the air vents and the multi-information display extend from the instrument panel.

The wide-screen display spans almost the entire width of the instrument panel and provides a clear overview of the various vehicle and multimedia functions, all of which feature intuitive control.

The images from the rear-view cameras are superimposed at the edges of the wide-screen display. When the G-Code is switched off with the smartphone, the moving elements in the interior revert to their original positions to ensure a comfortable and ergonomic exit.

In the interior of the G-Code a striking contrast between dark and light areas signals clarity. In addition to the stylistic appeal it exudes, there is also a technical reason behind this colour scheme. While black components such as the dirt-resistant floor covering or the carbon-fibre seat structure are supposed to visualise stability, durability or utility, the white interior components such as the soft leather upholstery on seats and armrests embody comfort and wellness. The high-contrast interior exudes modern luxury and at the same time provides the perfect stage for orchestrating the individual modes of the hybrid drive system. Similar to the visualisations of the display in the radiator grille, the interior lighting also varies, with the large wide-screen display adopting both the star matrix and the colour schemes.

The centre console creates the harmonious link between digital and analogue world. The docking station in particular stands out, which networks the personal smartphone with the G-Code for switching it on and off and for communication purposes. Depending on the personal configuration, the central display shows a wide variety of functions of the mobile device. Controls with a high-quality finish and classic design such as the switches, buttons and rotary controller as well as the aluminium grab handles hint at the analogue world.

The high-quality seats with a shell-like design and a mix of carbon fibre and leather resemble sculptures. In addition, they are equipped with 3D body scanners that monitor important physical parameters and can optionally show the degree of wellness of all occupants on the central display. Depending on the measured values, massage, heating or cooling functions are automatically activated in the seats, which help prevent fatigue or eliminate muscle tension already at a very early stage. This ensures relaxed travelling even on longer journeys.

The air conditioning system boasts the wellness programme by cleaning the incoming air naturally before ionising it to ensure an interior atmosphere free of allergens and particulate matter. The oxygen produced during the hydrogen synthesis as part of the drive management system is routed to the interior as needed, and provides an additional refreshing effect for the occupants. As a result, even urban stop-and-go traffic in congested Asian metropolitan areas sheds its unpleasant aspect.

Intelligent packaging of all chassis components and the effective and variable use of the interior are of particular importance in the case of compact vehicles such as the G-Code. The G-Code not only offers sufficient room for up to four people, it also provides adequate stowage space. For example, of note are the two mini stand-up scooters below the double luggage compartment floor, which are recharged while driving and offer additional mobility in the city after parking.

(Source: Mercedes-Benz)

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