The Ener-G-Force is Mercedes’s vision for the police car in the year 2025.

It’s a rugged off-road vehicle for a populace that will supposedly be more inclined to participate in outdoor activities.

It’s designed to look imposing, like a meathead who spends all his time at the gym.

Its components have a strong sci-fi tone, including a water recycling system that turns rain into fuel.

But my question is more one of the premise: Will we really need our cops to patrol the rugged outdoors when our society is moving toward megacities?

I’m not so sure.

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Mercedes Reveals The Badass Eco SUV Of The Future

This is the SUV of 2025, according to the Mercedes of today.

In the future, people will live longer, fitter lives, Mercedes believes. Paved roads will be overburdened, but outdoor enthusiast culture will flourish. In such a world, police will need a new kind of vehicle—a Mercedes maybe—that can pull off the road to pursue bad guys across any terrain imaginable.

The Ener-G-Force is the Mercedes vision of a police car for the year 2025. Designed internally by Hubert Lee, it’s essentially a Mercedes G-Class after an unapologetic sci-fi makeover.

Gone are the boxy edges of a classic off-roading vehicle. The Ener-G-Force appears to be carved from a single block of metal, the cross between a Baha racer and an alien spacecraft. It’s designed to be imposing, with giant Tonka tires (featuring 20-inch rims), and a herculean musculature accentuated by a set of undersized windows (windows that are intentionally small to protect drivers from bullet fire).

The propulsion system is hydrogen based, fueled in part by rain collectors on the roof. Nearby is the "TerraScan" 360-degree topography scanner (that’s quasi in development), which analyzes the terrain and calculates precise suspension settings, per tire, on the fly. As for that spare tire on the back? Ha! That’s not a tire, bad guys. It’s a compartment filled with "tools"—and as long as we’re in the sci-fi realm, I imagine plasma rifles and miniature black hole emitters, maybe even some sort of robotic canine companion who isn’t supposed to show emotion but would totally lose his shit if anything bad ever happened to me, I mean, his human police friend.

The funny thing is, it’s not the technology that’s all that far-fetched, but the premise. If Mercedes really believes that a denser, more urban population that’s only growing more obese will climb a mountain to break the law, then we really are in the realm of fantasy.

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  • P-tah

    Looks like Mercedes is having a future identity crisis here honestly.  The car seems like a Honda Ridgeline fused with an Infiniti x35, stamped with a Mercedes badge.  But besides the look of the design, the concept makes a little sense considering the never ending, on-going road construction seen within cities.  Also, maybe a rough looking cop car will spark a psychological effect against people who are going to commit crimes or rioters... For instance, once you see the SWAT team van role up (most of the time heavy armored vehicles), most people start dispersing.  Just my two cents.

  • Benjamin Simerly

     I hit say it too soon, but secondly, in cities, the streets arent always so clear.  Sandy still in memory anyone?  Police-ing isn't clean, or pretty, or paved with nice clean roads.  This is practical, and when we need the police and other rescue personel, I dont want them in a 4 door sedan...

  • Benjamin Simerly

    Mark,

    I like your work and read it often.  However, I would have to disagree here.  I think this magazine should be the first to recognize what this is.  Just because the future for many humans may be in a metropolis, doesn't mean we want our police driving a prius.  Design to help influence an outcome is exactly what you and others at this magazine regularly right about.

    This beast of an SUV might do well off-road, but more importantly it will be formidable in a metropolis.  Its design screams "we are the police, try and run, it wont work."  I think this is great design.  Yes a little sci-fi, but we can work out the details in 2022.  The point is this vehicle does a great job conveying a message to the metropolis I would love to see it policing. 

    -Ben

  • ridestory

    Good thing this is only a concept. Looks like an old school Tonka. But really, further proof the automakers are bending over backwards to satisfy the eco crowd.

    “...fueled in part by rain collectors on the roof." You gotta be kidding me!

  • Stefano Masciocchi

    I still believe that the only future of law enforcement is RoboCop.
    :)