When attendees of the Geneva Motor Show visit the booth of Mercedes-Benz, the focus will most likely be on the F800 Style research vehicle. This five-seater is said to be the future form of the next generation CLS. It is an executive saloon that has a flexible multi-drive platform, either for electric drive with fuel cells or for a plug-in hybrid.
This is definitely a first for large saloons. Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said that the company is intent on "reconciling [its] responsibility for the environment with practical customer benefit in an exciting car."
Dr. Weber added that the new F800 Style research vehicle is a combination of innovative drive concepts with the traditional Mercedes strengths in the areas of design, safety, comfort and outstanding performance.
This plug-in hybrid features a V6 petrol engine, which generates about 200 kW (272 hp) with next-generation direct injection.
It also has a hybrid module, which produces about 80 kW (109 hp), as well as a lithium-ion battery. Because of its powerful electric motor, the F800 can run purely on electricity in the city for up to 19 miles (30 km).
The F800 with plug-in hybrid gets to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). On electric mode, the car can reach 75 mph (120 km/h). The F800 Style research vehicle is recorded to have fuel consumption of 2.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 68 g/km.
The Mercedes F800 Style Concept provides occupants with a level of comfort that is higher than usual. This is due to the fact that a lot of light enters the interior and the use of luxury wood surfaces. Once inside, the occupants will also observe that there is a modern sense of lightness.
Even the functional elements, like its driver area and the armrests on the door, give off a feeling that can be described as floating in the air. The seats are composed of magnesium shell and with a carbon fiber laminate shell, they’re lightweight.
The seat shell even has genuine wood veneer. The veneer process involves the engineers of Mercedes-Benz using a 3D surface coating procedure that has been made specifically for three-dimensional surface veneers.
This process is the same one employed to produce the wood finish found in the center console, the driver area, and door. The wood finishing pieces have been molded with 3D laminated components. Its aluminium core allows the components to meet high crash safety standards, something Mercedes has long been known for.