Mercedes-Benz marked the opening of its new Beijing R&D center with the unveiling of a brand new crossover concept, the G-Code concept. This small crossover is doused in all the latest green technology.
The G-Code is smaller than the GLA-Class. If it were ever to make it to production (which it won't) it would compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Buick Encore.
The G-Code concept is meant as a showcase of Mercedes' most advanced styling and technology. The powertrain consists of a hydrogen-powered internal-combustion engine that powers the front axle while an electric motor powers the rear axle.
The G-Code has a onboard battery pack that can be charged using a conventional socket, but the more exciting energy feature is its "multi-voltaic"paint that turns the entire exterior of the car into a solar panel that converts light to electricity. This paint can also absorb energy from wind that rushed across its surface. It sounds incredible.
Its not clear if any of this tech is going to make it to production, but the G-Code should be making an appearance at the 2014 LA Auto Show later this month.
Its hard to say since it seems like the same size as the GLA. I don't think this will really become a production model; I think it is just to show off future technology that Benz is working on. They could try to do a GLA sized vehicle that was more upmarket. I think that people would go for that, especially if they upped it stylewise like they have with this concept.