At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show the main focus of Mercedes-Benz’s show became the F 800 Style concept. Said to preview the next CLS, the new Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Concept is the plug-in five-seat premium hybrid sedan with a 272 hp gasoline-fed V6 engine. Together with the electric motor, the combination is said to be good for over 400 hp and incorporate an electric-only range of 18 miles. The company also says that the F 800 Style could incorporate a fuel cell powertrain.
Within the 15.5-foot external length of the F800 Style, all of the components of the vehicle’s efficient and environmentally compatible alternative drives (Plug-in Hybrid or fuel cell drive system) are installed in a space-saving manner in the engine compartment and the gaps within the chassis. Each of the drive systems takes up comparatively little space for the installation. This applies in particular to the electric drive with fuel cell, which has been enhanced by Mercedes-Benz to be compact and powerful.
“For many decades now, our research vehicles have been turning pioneering concepts into reality and thereby setting future trends. We set a course on the large touring sedan segment in 2007, when we presented the F700,” said Prof. Herbert Kohler, Head of E-Drive & Future Mobility and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler. He also added: “Characteristic features of the F800 Style are its innovations, whose development is already close to the series production stage. This is true not only of the electric drive with fuel cells but also of the Plug-in Hybrid, whose components were taken from our modular system for electric and hybrid vehicles.”
In addition to a multi-drive platform that is unparalleled for large sedans and the combination of different alternative drive technologies, the F800 Style features many other technological innovations, such as a new multi-function display concept and a human-machine interface (HMI) with a cam touchpad. Unlike the production touchpad application in the new Audi A8, the Mercedes-Benz F800 also employs a camera that “records video images of the user’s hand as it works the pad. The live image of the hand is presented in transparent form on the central display above the center console.”
The concept also features an evolution of the Mercedes-Benz’s Distronic Plus system that is optimized for use in traffic jams as well as a 360-degree implementation of its Pre-Safe system that monitors for rear impacts. If it senses an impending rearward crash, the system applies the brakes to prevent the car from being pushed forward into other vehicles or pedestrians, though the driver can take control of the vehicle and override the system by hitting the accelerator should that be the safer option.
Like its predecessors, the F 800 Style concept features important drive, comfort, and safety system innovations, as well as an avant-garde design, all of which point the way forward for future series-production Mercedes-Benz vehicles that will continue to impressively combine fascination and responsibility. [via AutoBlog]