It has been said that when Mercedes-Benz placed their F700 concept sedan on the spinning stage at the Frankfurt Auto Show they were putting on display the future of Mercedes design. While there will obviously be alterations to what you see now on the F700 when the car morphs into the 2012 C-Class, what you see above may be the dominant features to be exhibited. And just like many future concepts there are those who see the beauty in the intended design concept and there are others who may just be glad they buy BMW’s.
The Mercedes F700 is low, wide and stretched and reshapes the proportions with which we think about our sedans much the way Chrysler did years ago with their cab-forward design. The wide wheel base of the F700 provides for a wider engine bay and greater space within the cabin. Fitted into that wider engine bay is Mercedes DIESOTTO drive system that consists of a 1.8 liter hybrid engine. In pure hybrid mode the new powertrain is pushing out 258-hp and gets 44-mpg while emitting a mere 127 grams-per-kilometer of CO2 emissions.
The interior of the Mercedes F700 is very roomie and displays great seat versatility for the concept, but it seems unlikely that most of what is portrayed will move on into the production model. Hopefully one of the items not moving into the production model is the print designs on the leather seats. While they may help to hide future stains they do not have a high appeal.
So talk to us here… what do you think of the future of Mercedes-Benz design? Like some forward thinking designs do you think it is something that could grow on you or do you think your immediate reaction will carry-forward? If this is the future of automotive design do you think the car buying public will be ready for it in 2012?