At the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will show off the F800 Style, a sleek sedan concept with minivan-like doors that displays the brand's future styling direction. We will also see Mercedes' new rear-drive vehicle platform, engineered for both plug-in hybrids and electric-drive models powered by fuel cells.
In a statement, Thomas Weber, a member of Daimler's board of management, said that the company is dedicated to reconciling its responsibility for the environment with practical customer utility in this model.
With the same length as the current generation E-Class sedan, the concept car has short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a flowing, coupe-like roofline.
Its grille area is given a new interpretation and it also has huge intake ports at the front corners of the vehicle. To help create a sense of motion, there are sculptured side body panels on the side.
Attendees of the Geneva show will also get to see deep creases just below the beltline start on the rear door and flow out to the ends of the vehicle. In addition, a third crease, deeper than the others, begins near the front rocker panel and rises as it flows to the rear wheel opening.
The doors are simply stunning. Instead of a conventional four-door sedan, the concept's rear doors pivot and slide toward the back of the vehicle. The advantage is that there is easier ingress/egress in tight parking spaces.
Mercedes F800 Style Concept exhibits what "fascination and responsibility" means, especially with its Plug-in Hybrid drive system. The drive unit has a gasoline-powered V6 engine that can give 300 horsepower and when combined with the hybrid module and direct injection, is capable of generating 109 horsepower, resulting in a total power delivered of 409 horsepower.
Its lithium-ion battery can store more than 10 kWh, which can be recharged through a charging station or even a simple household power socket. Because of the hybrid module, which gives the F800 Style Concept the needed power and the high torque, it can run on pure electricity and thus have no emissions.
Since it can immediately provide high torque from just starting the car, the driving performance is similar to that of having a V6 engine even if it is running in electric mode. Using the Plug-in Hybrid, the F800 Style Concept can go as far as 18 miles solely on electricity.
As a research vehicle, it signifies an important step when it comes to creating a Plug-in Hybrid the market is ready for. Once Mercedes-Benz launches the next-generation S-Class, it will also be the time when the S500 Plug-in Hybrid will start its series production.
When in the battery-electric driving mode, it provides a CO2 bonus and when coupled with the drive system, gives the F800 Style Concept a fuel consumption of 2.9 liters for every 100 kilometers. CO2 emission is low as well at 68 grams per kilometre.
With the Plug-in Hybrid and the efficiency, the F800 Style Concept has a driving performance that is the same as that of the sports car. This means that its speed can reach as high as 155 mph while it can accelerate from 0 mph to 60 mph in merely 4.7 seconds.
When running in electric mode, it can reach a maximum of 75 mph. It’s not as fast but it does meet the requirements needed for long-distance driving. The electric module of the F800 Style gives an estimated 80 kW of power and has been incorporated into the housing that also has the seven-speed transmission.
This is comparable to the Vision S500 Plug-in Hybrid and the Mercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID that were launched by the brand back in 2009. Since the lithium-ion battery has been placed below the rear seat of the F800 Style Concept, it uses little space. Aside from the vehicle having a lower center of gravity, optimum safety is guaranteed in case of a crash.