Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mercedes-Benz F800

Mercedes-Benz will unveil the F800 Style concept at Geneva next month. A reinterpretation of the typical Mercedes design idiom, the concept points towards the future design direction for the Stuttgart-based automaker and is also speculated to preview the next generation CLS.

Created through close international cooperation between the technical research and advanced engineering departments and the advanced design studios in Sindelfingen, Germany, and Como, Italy, the F800 research vehicle is a technological showcase as well as an aesthetic study. Powered by a plug-in hybrid or a fuel-cell electric drivetrain, the concept measures 4750mm in length, is 1938mm wide and 1430mm tall. It has a 2924mm-long wheelbase.

The interior, crafted at Mercedes' Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, features an array of lightweight materials of contrasting tactility. Natural wood surfaces and Alcantara have been used throughout to create a luxurious, cosseting environment while a magnesium shell envelops the seats. Fine netting is stretched across a carbon fiber laminate seatback.

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