Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA: Too Much Future in the Present
Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA has just been revealed. The vehicle is very interesting because it features design ideas that we see for the first time. It actually combines two cars in one: the first is all about aerodynamics and the second is all about style. When you combine both, you'll have the Concept IAA.
But what is so special about this car? As you can see from the pictures it can change its forms. And it does so, when the vehicle reaches and surpasses 80 km/h. The result is that many parts of the concept change in order to bring about better aerodynamics. Inside, the "Concept IAA" offers a future representation of the design of the S-Class and S-Class Coupé, including new touch-based functions.
And if you wonder what IAA means, well I won't hide it. It stands for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile. This fantastic concept can be seen in Frankfurt at the motor show event, which starts today.
Below and Above 80 km/h
The big question that might concern you a little bit here is: ‘What happens exactly to this car when it reaches 80 km/h?' And here's the answer: from a beautiful four-door coupé the car turns into an aerodynamics world champion. At the rear, there are exactly eight segments which extend, thus increasing the length of the car by up to 390 millimetres.
In addition, at the front, the front flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 mm to the front and 20 mm to the rear, improving the air flow. But that's not all; the Active Rims alter their cupping from 55 mm to 0, while the louvre in the front bumper moves 60 mm to the rear, improving the underbody air flow. Of course, behind these actions are hidden hundreds of hours of technological work and calculations.
Exterior – Expressing Sensual Purity
Concept IAA features exterior design that we haven't seen before. Of course, it is instantly recognizable as a Mercedes, but its rear for instance seems like a Dodge inspired one. Well, as a basis the designers have used dynamic drop shape. It even seems like the vehicle interprets classic sports car proportions in a modern way.
Yes, the front and the sides are very impressive and are all aerodynamically dedicated, but the most interesting part of the exterior of this concept is the rear, where we see illuminated ring running around the rear end. And this makes us think that this is definitely a visionary concept car.
Interior: the Touch-Based Design
The cabin definitely looks spectacular! It is sporty, it is expressive, and it includes all of the luxury one could ever need. By the way, the design of the interior is a future interpretation of those of the future S-Class and S-Class Coupé cars. White has been chosen as a general color, but there are also some contrasts in anthracite as well as between aluminium and cut glass.
The touch-based operating philosophy provides the driver and occupants with high level of functionality. The two-spoke steering wheel incorporates touch-based operating functions like the OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) buttons, which enable the driver to scroll through the instrument cluster menus.
Did you expect something else? In fact, in the world we live in, it is rather strange to make from such a futuristic concept a hybrid-driven one. I actually expected to see entirely electric vehicle. Well, the total output here is of 279 hp (205 kW), while the top speed is 250 km/h. CO2 emissions in all-electric range of 66 kilometers stay as low as 28 g per km.
All that is left is to see whether this concept will ever see production… even in 2025. I sincerely doubt it.