The new Mercedes Vision G-Code concept car was shown today at the opening of Merc’s new R&D base in Beijing, China. It’s a shrunken SUV imagining what a baby 4×4 would look like at the foot of the Mercedes-Benz range.

Dubbed a Sports Utility Coupe (err, that’s a SUC), the G-Code was designed at the Asian studio and is supposed to offer a glimpse of how young Chinese trend-setters can get about in their increasingly congested cities.
How big is the Mercedes Vision G-Code?
Conceptually, this is the same size as a Nissan Juke, at 4.1m long. That makes it a rival to Audi’s upcoming Q1 starter SUV, as the Germans boldly fill every which niche with a crossover-shaped offering.

The first pictures, issued today, reveal a soft, rounded five-door shape, with numerous cues that bring to mind some of the later Saab concept cars.

Perhaps it’s the Swedish-echoing molten-silver paintwork, but we can’t help thinking that the wraparound, blacked-out glasshouse and single, full-width rear lighting bar carry shades of Saab crossovers, too.
The roof appears to be floating; a motif most commonly associated with modern, BMW-era Minis.

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