The theme for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge was a Highway Patrol Vehicle for 2025, and Mercedes-Benz‘s entry was a reworking of the automaker’s iconic G-Class. The resulting concept, dubbed the Ener-G-Force, is an off-road vehicle for the California Highway Patrol that’s eco-friendly. Check more pics after the jump
The Ener-G Force takes cues from the German manufacturer’s G-Class and infuses modern elements like sunk-in headlights, turn signals/running lights running along the front fenders, a flat roofline, and low, rectangular taillights. The Ener-G trades in the G-Class’ boxy lines for a more rounded shape. Finally, a roof-mounted “Terra Scan” device scopes the topography ahead and adjusts the suspension and ground clearance accordingly. The Ener-G-Force is one of six entries for the 2012 LA Design Challenge, with the winning design set to be announced November 29th.