Thursday, 4 March 2010
Mercedes-Benz F800 Style
The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style is considered a research vehicle because it's unlikely the tech underneath the hood will make it as-is to any car any time soon. The design, however, is close to what the next-generation CLS sports sedan will look like, but we're unsure of a release date for that model.
What won't be found on the CLS are rear doors that open like a minivan's or a plug-in hybrid powertrain mating a 300-horsepower V-6 engine to a 109-hp electric motor for total power of "around 409 hp," Mercedes claims. However, Mercedes says this type of powertrain will be found in the next-generation S-Class in an S500 plug-in hybrid. No release date was given for that, either.
If the design is heading to production and the powertrain is likely headed to production, what besides that minivan door is a pie-in-the-sky concept? Try a center console with a touchpad. What's so wild about that? The touchpad isn't capacitive touch, like the upcoming MyFord Touch system. Instead, it uses a camera to track where you hand is moving to coordinate what controls to adjust. Sounds intriguing, but it might be hard to use while in motion.
I've only been driving for 5-6 years, but i still remember when I was a kid and the terms PAS, ABS, Airbags and electrical car appliances were new or associated solely with luxury cars, now look were science and technology is taking us....am excited for the future of motoring!!!!