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Mercedes-Benz F700

Mercedes-Benz’s F700 concept

the Mercedes-Benz F700 limousine.

The car of the future, as it turns out, look much like we it would. No, the well-heeled among us be strapping ourselves into fibre-bodied, rocket pod-like that spew steam a hydrogen-powered fuel cell and an interior fashioned from hemp grown in climate greenhouses — as earlier would have had us believe.

if the Mercedes-Benz F700 sitting for us to drive on a sun-bathed racetrack not far the southern Spanish city of is a reliable indication of how the automotive is set to progress, the up-market sedan 2020 still will palatial levels of accommodation and comfort. However, via the application of petrol-electric hybrid driveline it will be a good deal taxing on the environment than on the forecourts of today’s Mercedes-Benz

That’s the overriding impression you get you slide in behind the steering of the big F700, turn the key and set off down the with a hearty nudge of the

Despite the futuristic themes by the latest Mercedes-Benz research it doesn’t require much in the way of to see yourself driving a car with a mechanical package, if not quite as an exterior appearance, down an highway in a decade or two.

why. With a combined consumption of 5.3L/100km and carbon emissions of just 127g/km, the advanced driveline provides it the sort of credentials to ensure the car as we know it has a bright future predictions of $5—a -litre and the Rudd Government touting road tax schemes.

The forward-looking Mercedes-Benz is not quite in Prius territory as far as fuel and emissions are concerned but measured today’s S-Class it is in an altogether environmental league.

The interesting is that the technology the F700 to achieve these figures is not away from that in the current S-Class. It even has a engine under its uncharacteristically bonnet.

The secret is in its efficiency, thanks to new combustion processes and electric drive, is typically per cent better than likely to encounter in a 2008 It is the sort of technology that allow us to continue using infrastructure, says Dr Thomas head of the vast Mercedes-Benz and development operation. Weber’s plans to spend an astonishing $23 over the next two years in a bid to the environmental initiative from and its up-market Lexus division, a range of new fuel-efficient and low-emission including the soon-to-be-launched ML450 and next year’s S400 — the first examples of the German maker promises grow into an extensive of hybrid models.

First at the Frankfurt Motor Show September, the F700 was created to every possible facet of the of the car as we know it — styling, driveline, chassis, interior; the texture of the interior materials. It is unlikely you’ll ever see a production car wearing the three- star but much of what has into it is claimed to be under for coming models.

In the words of Weber, It was conceived as a laboratory to shape the technology and set to find their way into incarnations of the S-Class.


If the F700 good sense back the price of a barrel of crude oil was a $80, the $140-plus-a-barrel price means it can’t come enough for Mercedes-Benz.

Weber is to play down the relevance of the vaguely reptilian styling yet he certain themes explored its tautly drawn body already been committed to and point to the look of coming

At 5180mm long, 1960mm and 1438mm high, it is just shorter but a good 90mm and 37mm lower than long-wheelbase S-Class. It also on a 3450mm wheelbase — up by on today’s Mercedes-Benz flagship. It is no violet.

In a novel approach, designers have provided the with three conventional doors and a fourth rear-hinged at the rear on the right — the designed for easy access for the in that seat, which can in the direction of travel or turn 180 so the occupant faces the rear.

Another unusual feature is the Stacked vertically, the oversized house two laser units scan the road ahead to the F700’s hydraulically operated when adjustments to the spring and rates are required. Dubbed the new system is planned as an addition to the Active Body Control

The moment you sit in the concept, it becomes that despite future explored in the F700, all its major have strong links those in use in the S-Class today. is a welcome familiarity in the way it operates.

In its layout and overall packaging, the big is perhaps closer to production than Weber is letting on.

Of all the technology on the F700, the petrol-electric drivetrain holds the biggest to the way Mercedes-Benz sees the luxury car in the future.

In a clear hint engine downsizing and electric systems are set to play a growing, role in dramatic decreases in and emissions — sought by and regulators alike — the is propelled by a twin-turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engine mounted up behind its bold grille, in with an electric motor away in the gearbox housing.

It is no four-cylinder, mind you. one step beyond the direct-injection now finding their way into production cars, the new engine elements of both petrol and design, with differing properties and variable compression, on driving conditions.

The idea is to combine the power and of a typical petrol engine the torque, flexibility and frugal of diesel. To reflect this, calls the process DiesOtto the gentlemen behind their processes — Nicolaus and Rudolf Diesel.

Mercedes-Benz F700

It is not alone in this technology. Other have similar systems development, many under the Homogenous Charge Compression

When started using the electronic key as today’s S-Class, the engine runs in so-called mode, a lean air-fuel being injected into the and ignited by a spark plug. But temperatures have risen and the engine is under light it automatically switches to diesel where the compression ratio is and the spark plug is deactivated in a aimed at enhancing overall

In terms of refinement, the new engine has a way to go before you could call it feeling a bit like an out-of-tune of Mercedes’s existing supercharged four. However, it delivers its in an agreeably linear fashion and sufficient performance to ensure the would not be left behind at the lights should it ever its way on to public roads.

Its 180kW favourably with Mercedes-Benz’s 200kW 3.5-litre petrol V6, as in the S350. With a 15kW motor designed to provide an burst of output under the research vehicle’s peak is boosted to 195kW in hybrid Torque, meanwhile, is rated at

With drive running a seven-speed automatic transmission to the wheels, it is sufficient, Mercedes-Benz to provide the 1700kg F700 a 0-100kmh time of 7.5 seconds. Top limited to 200kmh.

Still, it is the consumption — some better than the existing — that really out. And its CO2 emission is less half the S350’s 258g/km.

it to achieve such remarkable are a start-stop and brake regeneration recently introduced to the small stablemate and set to become a standard on all Mercedes-Benz models within years.

Weber says the new engine already complies future emission standards. he won’t be drawn on when we can to see it in a production car. The results so far are promising and all signs are that we move in this direction but the frame for introduction still been fixed, he says.

more impressive than its engine is the F700’s highly pre-scan suspension. The laser reading the road trigger to the spring and damper rates you’ve even hit an imperfection in the

It sounds complex but after other vehicles with the Body Control over we found body movements typically fewer with the system activated. When new system arrives, it will make a dramatic impact on quality.

As with many research we’ve driven through the this one doesn’t give too away about handling the steering is light but direct and minimal roll. But at a maximum that’s not saying much.

As a for the kind of technology we might see on cars in the not-too-distant future, the F700 is not breaking new utopian All its features have similarities or are based on systems in use today. further refinement they play a pivotal role in the way the car remains part of our motoring

Looking into the future is easy, as predictions in the late about large-scale fuel-cell car have shown. But if this is the for tomorrow, bring it on.

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