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Merc prepares Geneva stunner

2010-02-22 10:49
Official images of the F800 Style concept from Mercedes-Benz have been leaked ahead of its Geneva Motor Show unveiling.

This five-seater study shows off the new Mercedes-Benz design language before its application to the next generation CLS (which is due to be unveiled by the end of this year). It seemingly also previews a smaller “four-door coupe” in the CLS mould.

The F800’s long wheelbase, short overhangs and coupe-like roofline seem completely at home on a vehicle said to be about the same size as an E-Class sedan, with “flame surfacing” along the flanks creating a sense of motion.

Wood and “lots of light” is said to dominate the cabin area although we’re not too sure what high-brow Mercedes-Benz hangers-on will make of those futuristic sliding doors should they make it into production… Merc sees the benefits though, saying these doors are perfect for easier entry and exit in tight parking spaces.

F800 Style also previews a number of new concepts for Mercedes-Benz including the latest version of Distronic Plus, Pre-Safe that now also monitors the rear of the car, a new touchscreen interface for the centre console, and a GPS system designed for the manufacturer’s electric vehicles showing Range on Map.

Gauging by the information released, F800 Style rides on Merc’s new rear-wheel drive platform seemingly developed with two powertrains in mind – a fuel-cell system using a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor, and a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system.

The concept, however, is powered by a 224-kW direct injection V6 situated at the front of the vehicle and mated to an electric motor sitting on the rear axle and producing 81 kW. It can run up to 29 km on electric power along and reach a top speed of 120 km/h. Combined with the petrol engine, this top speed is more in line with “regular” cars, being able to hit the 250 km/h mark.

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