• Sep 11, 2007
click above image for high-res gallery of the Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept

After a bit of a song and dance routine, sans the song, Mercedes-Benz finally drove out its new F700 Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Looking something like an S-Class cross-bred with a Mazda RX-8, it still managed to wow the assembled horde. The debut itself was a wild enviro-mechanical fusion of dancers emulating trees and geckos that formed a vehicle out of their prop tree branches and then fit themselves inside. It was a clever way to show green and machine can coexist beautifully. Sitting next to Lewis Hamilton and all of the Mercedes brass made it an even more interesting experience.

The car itself is being described as a "magic carpet ride" by Mercedes folk. It's depicted as a future luxurious touring sedan with good performance and exceptionally low fuel consumption. Big and luxurious, the F700 is also the first car in the world that can recognize and predict road conditions to manage bumps using a new PRE-SCAN active suspension M-B is developing. It also features the new DIESOTTO powertrain. It's a 1.8-liter four that rivals the efficiency of a diesel but runs on gas. It also addresses the all-important CO2 emissions head-on, with a rating of just 127 grams per kilometer or about 44.3 mpg.

There's a huge gallery of live shots and official pics in the gallery below, plus the abridged press release after the jump.


PRESS RELEASE:

Mercedes-Benz shows the future of the superior touring sedan

Stuttgart – With its F 700 research car, Mercedes-Benz redefines the idea of effortless, superior refinement: this concept for a future luxurious touring sedan shows how outstanding riding quality can be combined with high levels of environmental friendliness, and good performance with exceptionally low fuel consumption. Thus, the 5.17 meter long F 700 with its innovative and very spa-cious interior design enables an entirely new and exceedingly comfortable mode of travel. The F 700 is the world's first car that can anticipatively recognize the condition of the road and level out the uneven spots with its active PRE-SCAN suspension, further improving suspension comfort substantially. The forward-pointing DIESOTTO drive system introduced in the F 700, a four-cylinder with a displacement of only 1.8 liters, combines the strong points of the low-emission gasoline engine with the consumption benefits of the diesel drive. Its CO2 emissions of a mere 127 grams per kilometer correspond to con-sumption of only 5.3 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers (44.3 mpg), extremely low for a vehicle of this class.

This is made possible by a forward-looking drive concept, the heart of which is the "DIESOTTO" technology – an advancement of the internal combustion engine thought up by Mercedes-Benz. With its novel controlled auto ignition (CAI), direct fuel injection and turbocharging, it combines the high power of the spark-ignition engine with the exemplary torque and great fuel economy of a diesel. The drive system in the F 700, as four-cylinder featuring two-stage charging, attains the performance level of a current S-Class car with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine or the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel.

"Our goal is to make the gasoline-powered car just as economical in consumption as the diesel. The new DIESOTTO concept is a major step in that direction, combining the best properties of the spark-ignition engine and the diesel engine," says Dr. Thomas Weber, Board member of DaimlerChrysler AG responsible for Group Research & Mercedes Car Group Development.

The F 700 also sets standards in regard to road roar, tire vibration and suspension comfort. With two laser scanners the active PRE-SCAN suspension scans the roadway in front of the car. The hydraulically controlled active suspension proactively compensates for detected hindrances, enabling entirely new comfort characteristics –a "flying carpet" feeling.

Equally innovative is the operating concept "SERVO-HMI". The display is not only particularly gentle on the eyes; the number of controls also has been appreciably reduced and the menu structure has been made strikingly simple and self-explanatory. The driver can "discuss" more complex inputs, such as a destination for navigation purposes, in dialogue with an avatar, a virtual operating assistant.

The exterior design of the F 700 shows that with this concept an extraordinary amount of space has been created for the passengers. The very silhouette, charac-terized by the long wheelbase, is a clear indication of this. The design harmoniously joins together inspirations provided by nature with technical innovation. All the futuristic styling devices notwithstanding, the F 700 is perfectly compliant with the brand identity of Mercedes-Benz.

The interior concept interprets comfortable travel and well-being in a completely new way. With its REVERSE seat the F 700 breaks up the firmly established seat arrangement of conventional sedans and offers individual seating positions facing, or with one's back to, the direction of travel, always affording maximum spaciousness and supreme comfort.

The F 700 provides inspiring ideas for the technological future of Mercedes-Benz once again – like each of the research cars which preceded it.


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  • 38 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! And I like a bit of wow sometimes.
      And that drivetrain. Sorry, but I love it.

      Takes me back to the '30s in the 'let's be brave' department.

      Actually it has lots of design elements from little Citroens, or Fiats, (can't remember) of fifteen or so years ago, but no-one knows those and they never made it to production anyway. There are plenty of elegant (see conservative) luxo-barges, why not a Gotham version?
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK this car is just freaking weird!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just ad suicide doors on it and Voilà, you have your next generation Maybach to compete adequately with the Rolls Royce Phantom!

      Pete from http://www.gen-auto.ca
      • 7 Years Ago
      And I thought the X6 was full of fail and AIDS...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yuck, Yuck, Yuck.

      The front-on perspective looks like a PT Cruiser.

      And the huge grill reminds me of current Chrysler products like the 300 and their Town & Country minivan.

      The Mercedes and Chrysler products are about like pugs and bulldogs I guess. So ugly some people are going to love them no matter what.

      Blech.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And the Cadillac Sixteen is of absolutely no relevance to this car. Shoo, fandboy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No fanboy, unless it is in the category of enthusiast. This styling is like those celebrities who have had one too many facelifts. Mercedes has had some excellent designs that convey a staunch yet disciplined styling leading to its success...this is not one of them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's all the drivel about?! . . . no matter what anyone thinks or says, extremely few cars can compete with any model of Mercedes Benz in similar class in terms of performance and technology. Goodness! Why can't you guys just accept the simple truth: this is a masterpiece, period!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah, I see Mercedes has borrowed some designers from Toyota - that is ugly!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are we sure this isnt a Peugeot concept car?

      Good God its terrible!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, it's not a Peugeot car, because Peugeot 908 is much more awesome than this. Don't you recognize a good design? Cars have to stop in time and look like that old car from 80's? Mercedes is evolving their design. And I liked it a lot! It's finally going to defies bmw. Grow up and learn what design is, before talking about Bmw or Peugeot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love it or hate it on the design front, hopefully it will be the technological marvel they lead us on to believe.

      I just don't understand how a 1.8 litre motor could move this massive car! I see no mention of there being any kind of electric motor assistance.

      Also, I wonder which wheels it sends the power too? Could this possibly be an uber-luxo front-driver to improve fuel consumption by eliminating drivetrain components?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well its a very different and maybe an evolutionary design for MB but has everybody completely ignored that it has a skimpy 1.8 lt engine...anybody can guess the output of such a motor. And for that matter this is a huge vehicle.
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