There is a new direction for the interior design of future Mercedes-Benz models. This will be shown first in the next-generation Mercedes S-Class that the carmaker claims will feature a “landmark” change in interior design. Within three years, the next S-Class is slated to start selling.
Mercedes designers are targeting it to be the standard-bearer for the new interior design concepts that will be influenced by several features found in the F800 Style concept. One such feature is a new control system that would make the rotary knob of the current COMAND operation unnecessary.
This system isn’t a touch-screen but through cameras, it tracks hand movements over a display and projects a hand image onto the screen.
Hartmut Sinkwitz, a senior interior designer with Mercedes, said that the design is “really looking forward.” He said that there are aspects in most designs that are carried over, or must be used because of the cost or the brand but he claims that this system is different since it will have a “clean design.”
He described the end result to be a merging of the traditional and the innovative. He added that it will offer a fresh approach that presents the design ideas being led by Gorden Wagener (who served as Mercedes's head of design in 2008).
The next-generation luxury car is expected to get a plug-in hybrid system -- an 80kW motor that offers an electric-only top speed of 75mph. Mercedes claims that recharging through a 120 Volt socket takes 4.5 hours, giving the car an electric range of almost 19 miles. [via What Car?]