Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Concept
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At the International Motor Show in Geneva in March 2010, Mercedes-Benz revealed the future of the premium automobile from a new perspective in the form of the F 800 Style research vehicle. This five-seater luxury saloon combines highly efficient drive systems with unique safety and comfort functions as well as an emotional design idiom which interprets modern Mercedes-Benz design in terms of the cultivated sportiness typical for the brand.
The car boasts an innovative multiple drive platform that is the only one of its kind in the world for large saloons. This is suited both to electric drive with a fuel cell that allows a range of almost 600 kilometres and the use of a plug-in hybrid that can go up to 30 kilometres under electric power alone. Both variants of the F 800 Style therefore allow premium, local, emissions-free mobility that is also entirely practical while offering a dynamic driving experience.
With an exterior length of 4.75 metres, all of the components of the F 800 Styleâ€™s efficient and environmentally friendly alternative drive systems have been economically incorporated into the engine compartment and the spaces in the vehicle chassis. Both drive systems require relatively little installation space. This is particularly relevant for the fuel cell drive system which has been specifically optimised by Mercedes-Benz with regard to compactness and power ouput. Thanks to the consistent reduction of the size of all components in the front end, the vehicleâ€™s interior has remained unaffected and offers ample space for five passengers.
In 2010, the F 800 Style showcased innovations that were almost ready for series production at Mercedes-Benz thanks to many years of research and development in the field of alternative drive systems. This applies both to the electric drive and the plug-in hybrid drive. Their components are taken from the brandâ€™s modular assembly system for electric and hybrid vehicles.