Mercedes Benz has been making headlines with their F015 Luxury in Motion self-driving concept car which they just unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. (more…)
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It’s looking more and more like roads will be filled with hyper-smart, driver-less cars in the future and offering a peek into that future is none other than Mercedes Benz who shows us what driver-less luxury could look like in a couple decades.
The F 105 concept is a new research vehicle for the German automaker filled with grand ideas of where automotive technology is going and some ideas of where it could be in the very near future. Think of the car as more of a luxury transportation pod as the doors open to reveal a technology-filled hub with a unique seating system that can be set up in the traditional arrangement or face to face.
The interior is filled with premium materials from nappa leather seating to polished aluminum and open-pore walnut wood shaped into three-dimensional veneers. The seats can also swing to face outward for easy in and out and doors can open and close independently. The car isn’t completely autonomous, manual driving is available when needed and a steering wheel extends from the dashboard. The LEDs on the outside even indicate whether the car is being autonomously driven with blue lighting for auto and red lighting for manual.
If this all sounds like science fiction, it isn’t. Mercedes is already selling autonomous features in the S-Class with their “Intelligent Drive” package that has self-driving technology such as traffic-jam assist that can essentially drive itself in slow-speed, high-traffic situations. So while this may be a concept, the F 105 might be a reality sooner than we all think.
Infiniti’s future product lineup is looking more and more incredible by the minute. With concepts like the Q50 Eau Rouge that can hit 0-60 in 3.8 seconds or the striking S-Class fighting Q80 concept, Infiniti has more than a few tricks up its sleeve and their latest is a preview of their upcoming replacement for the Q60 Coupe.
Building on the long, curvaceous lines previewed in the Q80 Concept, the company is bringing that design language to the long-awaited replacement of the Q60. The 2+2 features an interior filled with quilted leather seating and on the outside you’ll find 21-inch wheels inspired by jet turbine blades. More will be revealed as Infiniti fully unveils the concept at this month’s Detroit Auto Show.
Infiniti just revealed its contribution to the Vision Gran Turismo series and it’s definitely one of the most impressive concepts yet. Taking design cues from the Q80 Inspiration Concept and cranking it to 11, their Concept Vision Gran Turismo offers a look at a high performance Infiniti coupe of the future and what could possibly filling the void in Infiniti’s current lineup.
The project was put into the hand’s of Infiniti’s global design teams and winning the competition was their Beijing-based team who created a scupltural, track-ready monster that we hope is an indicator for a high-performance GT. Via Infiniti:
” This project went much further than being a mere design exercise. It included thorough examinations and calculations of technical features such as aerodynamics and engine performance. The front mid-ship / trans-axle powertrain enables the finely distributed 45:55 front/rear weight balance that fills users with the joy of driving by actively drifting the rear. As for aerodynamics, the under-floor airflow control, front and back diffusers, and uniquely shaped rear spoiler enable this car to demonstrate high performance without compromising the impact of the body design.”
While concept cars have become a bit tamer and tamer over the years, Lexus has pushed forward with wild concepts that take bold risks in design while giving us a good idea of what’s to come from Toyota’s luxurious sibling. The company’s signature spindle grille is in full-effect here with a striking front fascia that looks like its ripping through the space-time continuum.
The striking lines make its way through the body and down to the unique 20-inch wheel design. The 2+2 also takes the roadster idea into the modern day with a completely roof-less design and a stunning golden yellow paint that is created in a multi-layer process and really brings out the contours of the concept’s exterior.
Audi previews the future with new Head of Design, Marc Lichte, who has hit the ground running with a design language that will be the very basis for the next generation of Audi cars. The car is a staggering 16.7 feet long, to give you an idea of just how long that is, you are looking at a coupe that is almost as long as their flagship A8 sedan.
The Prologue is powered by a 4.0L TFSI engine that produces 605 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque, and has an estimated 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds. The car is chock full of gadgets and accessories that include Matrix laser headlamps, OLED interior screens, and 22-inch wheels.