DETROIT -- Will luxury buyers accept a sleek-looking Mercedes-Benz sedan with minivan-like doors?
Debuting March 2 at the Geneva motor show is the Mercedes-Benz F800 Style, a concept that unveils the future styling direction for the German brand.
The concept also showcases the automaker's new rear-drive vehicle platform, engineered for both plug-in hybrids and electric-drive models powered by fuel cells.
“We are dedicated to reconciling our responsibility for the environment with practical customer utility in a fascinating automobile,” Thomas Weber, a member of Daimler's board of management, said in a statement.
The concept's silhouette has short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a flowing, coupe-like roofline. The overall vehicle length is similar to the current generation E class sedan. Huge intake ports at the front corners of the vehicle surround a new interpretation of the Mercedes grille area.
On the side, sculptured side body panels help create a sense of motion. Deep creases just below the beltline start on the rear door and flow out to the ends of the vehicle. A third crease, deeper than the others, starts near the front rocker panel and rises as it flows to the rear wheel opening.