Geneva preview: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

February 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mercedes-Benz is to preview its next-generation CLS at next week’s Geneva Auto Show. The 4.7m-long F800 Style concept’s  a four-door saloon with sliding rear doors,  for easy access to its interior, and a low-slung roof-line. The front-end styling of this concept also previews the new-look Mercedes nose, to appear throughout the range.

The F800 Style showcases a hybrid system combining a 300bhp direct-injection, 3.5-litre petrol engine and a 190bhp electric motor; electrical energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries stowed beneath the rear seats. It can do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, 155mph, and 29km in electric-only mode. There’s also a 136bhp/214lb ft fuel cell version; the F800’s platform has been developed for the flexibility to accommodate different types of powertrain.

The Geneva show car features several other technologies heading to production Mercs in the near future: the Distronic Plus auto-steering system (linked to the cruise control at speeds of up to 40kph); Pre-Safe 360 all-round monitoring and crash-sensing, to prime the brakes and prepare for an impact; and an additional sat nav function indicating driving range in electric-only mode.

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