A year ago we were introduced to Mercedes-Benz’ F015 Luxury in Motion self-driving concept car. Although the German automaker is not on the forefront of the self-driving car revolution, it has been developing its own technologies to be able to catch up in the self-driving car development race.
Now, Mercedes-Benz is back with an all-new concept car. Officially introduced at the Monterey Car Week festivities at Pebble Beach, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car exudes timeless elegance that will make people look back and reminisce the streamlined exterior designs of the 1930s. The concept car takes on inspiration like that on pre-war Bugattis and Talbot-Lagos. Its classic styling perfectly fits into place with all other vehicles that are being displayed at the Concours d’Elegance at the Pebble Beach.
The whole concept of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car is a combination of “sensual purity” and “aerodynamic efficiency” -- concepts that Daimler AG design lead Gorden Wagener hopes to project to its audience. The car itself is a mixture of some sizzling “emotional design” with some “intelligent details” to balance out the flavors of the Vision 6.
The flowing lines on the coupe can be easily identified and admired by many, not to mention its immense size for a coupe. There are chrome strips that effectively accentuate the curvaceous body of the concept coupe, making it even sleeker and more sophisticated.
As a salute to past Mercedes models, the Vision 6 is installed with gullwing doors. Its front end is dominated by a massive chrome grille with a narrow line of LED lights flanking on each side. On the other end of the car, two tiny split windows with a small fin in between have been installed on the rear. Also, the tail and diffuser have been meticulously sculpted by its designers to form a sophisticated curve; it would look as if it has a “boat tail” design just like that on the backside of a yacht.
The Vision 6 measures 222 inches long (approximately 5.6 meters), slightly larger than that of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. This elongated design as well as the low roof and rear positioning of the cabin serves Mercedes’ tribute to the classic coupes of yesterday. Maybach on the other hand contributed to the design by using the same proportions of the 2004 Exelero, having a long nose and rear-biased cabin but trading the sharp edges of the Exelero with more graceful curves for the Vision 6.
As much as the exterior is a salute to classic coupes, the interior of the concept car is the exact opposite – a futuristic interior so to speak. The car has been designed to be a four-seater coupe; however it looks like all the fun have been reserved for the driver and passenger in front. The seats are deeply sculpted made of top quality materials including rose gold trim and elm floors. The front-seat passengers are given an extra wide open view of their surroundings but not only that, driving data and all other information can be projected onto these augmented reality windshields. The dashboard wraps around until the door panels and seats for a 360 lounge. Looking through the interior of this concept car, it has an overall aesthetic touch as that of the F015 with similar materials, trim, wood floors and some accents.
As for the powertrain, Maybach installed an all-wheel drive powertrain with four electric motors on the Vision 6, giving it a total of 738 horsepower output (550 kW). It could launch the coupe from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. It also comes with an additional 80 kWh battery under the floor giving out an additional range of over 200 miles as per the Environmental Protection Agency’s test or more than 311 miles with the New European Driving Cycle evaluation. With enough power inside it, the Vision 6 can take its passengers to up to 62 miles in just five minutes. More so, the Vision 6 can either be charged by plugging it in a power source or via a wireless induction system when such a technology is produced.
For now, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car going into production is still unclear and will take some time before it goes into production. However, Mercedes-Benz confirmed earlier that they are working on developing a new EV with a 250 to 310-mile range to take on Tesla’s EV models. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see who will soon dominate the EV arena.