‘Warp drive’ gives new Mercedes concept a pulsing red nose

Mercedes-Benz has unwrapped their latest gift to concept car fans at the opening of their new Product Engineering Centre in Beijing.

Dubbed Vision G-Code, the rounded sport utility concept will be on hand at the Los Angeles Auto Show in less than two weeks.

Like almost all concepts these days, the 2+2 seat Vision G-Code features a hybrid powertrain and rear ‘counter-opening doors’, the latter which never seems to enter production in any major way.

Also, Mercedes-Benz is showcasing what they call ‘warp drive’, an obvious homage to the propulsion systems in Star Trek spacecraft such as the USS Enterprise. However, on the G-Code, it’s relegated to making the concept look like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

From the official release:

The inspired display visualises 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.

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