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Mercedes G-Code Concept – A Solar-Powered Hydrogen Hybrid Car

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Mercedes G-Code Concept

Just when we thought the Mercedes GLA would be the smallest SUV (crossover) Mercedes-Benz would offer, the German automaker plans to go even smaller. The solar-powered, hydrogen-hybridized Mercedes G-Code Concept you see here previews a very, very small SUV, indeed, one that will battle the likes of the Audi Q1.

Designed primarily for the Chinese market, the G-Code measures just 4100mm long, making it around 317mm shorter than the GLA. It is essentially a blunt, high-riding hatchback with a squat stance, short overhangs, LED headlights and taillights, and large 21-inch alloy wheels.

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Other notable exterior highlights include blended A pillars that gives the windshield a wraparound effect, two cameras that acts as the side mirrors, and a front grille that can be backlit in three distinct colors (red, blue or purple).

Opening the coach-style doors reveal a clean and functional interior that houses a large, dashboard-mounted digital display that replaces most of the car’s controls. One also finds carbon fiber seats, and an AC system that uses oxygen generated during hydrogen synthesis to deliver fresh air throughout the cabin.

A compartment below the cargo area stores two electric scooters, which are recharged whenever the Mercedes G-Code is in motion.

Speaking of motion, the high-tech concept is power by a powertrain consisting of a turbocharged hydrogen-fueled engine that drives the front wheels, an electric motor that powers the rear wheels, and a battery pack.

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In addition to being rechargeable via a conventional wall outlet, the battery — like animals that breathe to their skin — can also be recharged through the G-Code’s body, which is covered in high-tech “multi-voltaic” paint that functions as a solar cell, thus producing electric energy when exposed to the sun. Moreover, the paint can regenerate electrostatic energy when wind blows over it.

An interesting “power-on-the-move suspension” also serves as another power source. It uses the energy generated during the rebound movement of the dampers and springs to power a generator that creates electricity.

For such a small vehicle, the Mercedes G-Code sure is brimming with big tech. Not only does the concept preview an upcoming small SUV from Mercedes-Benz, but it also showcases some future technologies that we can expect from the German automaker.

What do you think about the Mercedes G-Code Concept?

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This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV

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New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept

It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.

Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

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  • The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.

    In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front angle

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept

The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.

Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.

Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.

“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”

The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.

The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?

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Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept Previews Infiniti’s EV Future

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Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

It introduces a new platform and a new design language inside and out.

Infiniti has revealed the QX Inspiration concept ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

The stylish concept previews the brand’s plans for electrified, high-performance production vehicles, featuring the the same new design language as the Q Inspiration Concept and a spacious, lounge like interior.

Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” the Japanese premium marque said in a statement. “New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy — and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core.”

The cabin was hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. Occupants are treated to new technology that follows the Japanese hospitality principle of omotenashi, creating a welcoming environment while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.

The QX Inspiration Concept is underpinned by a brand new platform specifically engineered for electric vehicles, one that will be a centerpiece of the brand’s planned electrification push scheduled to begin in 2021.

In an earlier report, Infiniti President Roland Krueger suggested that the new line of electric vehicles could have a driving range of at least 311 miles (500 km).

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