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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 normal four-cylinder, mind Going one step beyond the systems now finding their way many production cars, the new combines elements of both and diesel design, with injection properties and variable depending on driving conditions.

The is to combine the power and smoothness of a petrol engine with the flexibility and frugal properties of To reflect this, Mercedes-Benz the process DiesOtto after the behind their respective — Nicolaus Otto and Diesel.

Mercedes-Benz F700

It is not alone in choosing technology. Other makers similar systems under many under the name Charge Compression Ignition.

started using the same key as today’s S-Class, the aluminium-block runs in so-called petrol a lean air-fuel mixture injected into the cylinders and by a spark plug. But once have risen sufficiently and the is under light loads, it switches to diesel mode, the compression ratio is raised and the plug is deactivated in a move at enhancing overall efficiency.

In of refinement, the new engine still has a way to go you could call it production-ready, a bit like an out-of-tune version of existing supercharged 1.8-litre However, it delivers its power in an linear fashion and provides performance to ensure the F700 not be left behind at the traffic should it ever find its way on to roads.

Its 180kW compares favourably Mercedes-Benz’s existing 200kW petrol V6, as found in the S350. a 15kW electric motor to provide an additional burst of under acceleration, the research peak power is boosted to in hybrid mode. Torque, is rated at 400Nm.

With running through a seven-speed transmission to the rear wheels, it is Mercedes-Benz claims, to provide the F700 with a 0-100kmh of 7.5 seconds. Top speed limited to

Still, it is the combined-cycle consumption some 3.1L/100km better the existing S350 — really stands out. And its CO2 is less than half the 258g/km.

Helping it to achieve remarkable figures are a start-stop and regeneration system recently to the small A-Class stablemate and set to a standard feature on all Mercedes-Benz within five years.

says the new DiesOtto engine complies with future standards. However, he won’t be on when we can expect to see it in a production The results so far are very promising and all are that we will move in direction but the time frame for still hasn’t been he says.

Even more than its high-tech engine is the highly sophisticated pre-scan The laser beams reading the trigger adjustments to the spring and rates before you’ve hit an imperfection in the blacktop.

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 vehicles we’ve driven the years, this one doesn’t too much away about — the steering is light but and there’s minimal roll. But at a 32kmh, that’s not saying

As a display for the kind of technology we see on luxury cars in the not-too-distant the bold-looking F700 is not breaking new ground. All its features have with or are based on systems in use With further refinement will play a pivotal in the way the luxury car remains part of our landscape.

Looking into the is never easy, as predictions in the 1990s about large-scale car production have shown. But if is the S-Class for tomorrow, bring it on.

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