2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The latest research vehicle from Mercedes-Benz looks ahead to 2025 — but some of its visual cues and leading-edge technologies could wind up in production much sooner.
- The hydrogen-powered four-seater of the future features electric motors at each wheel and an advanced lithium-sulfur battery pack.
- The cloud-based infotainment system is operated by mainly by natural touch, voice and hand gestures.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The Mercedes-Benz F125! (exclamation point theirs, because it's a concept), the latest in a long line of research vehicles from the Stuttgart-based automaker, looks ahead to 2025 — but some of its visual cues and leading-edge technologies could wind up in production much sooner.
Mercedes-Benz provided details and images of the F125!, which it describes as a luxury sedan of the future, here at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and released a video.
The hydrogen-powered four-seater features electric motors at each wheel and an advanced lithium-sulfur battery pack. The motors deliver continuous output of 228 horsepower and peak output of 308 hp, as well as combined torque in excess of 400 pound-feet. There is sufficient power to propel the F125! from zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds, with top speed capped at 137 mph.
Mercedes-Benz says the theoretical range is 621 miles, with a fuel-economy equivalent of more than 80 mpg.
The F125! is made of lightweight carbon and fiber-reinforced plastic, combined with high-strength steel and aluminum. It features two massive gullwing doors.
The vehicle's main controls and cloud-based infotainment system are operated primarily by natural touch and speech, as well as intuitive hand gestures. Interior displays use 3D and projector-beam technology, while the next-gen networked telematics enable Internet-based voice control, integration into social media and extensive remote control of vehicle settings and entertainment functions via smartphone.
Mercedes also put a lot of thought into future safety and driver-assistance systems. The F125! features Advanced Driving Assist, a semi-autonomous driving system that is capable of executing lane changes on multilane one-way roads, as well as automatic overtaking maneuvers.
Edmunds.com says: Check back with us in 2025 for an update on how real all of this stuff turns out to be.