Say hello to the Concept IAA, which in Mercedes-Benz-speak is an acronym for “Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile.” The futuristic vehicle, which transforms into an aerodynamic mode at 80 km/h (about 50 mph), was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week.
The Concept IAA is powered by a 279 hp gasoline/electric plug-in hybrid drive that gets up to 250 km/h. In aerodynamic mode, the Concept IAA gets an all-electric range of 66 km (41 miles), while in design mode the range is 62 km.
The four-door coupe’s highlights include touch functions that may be coming to future Mercedes-Benz vehicles, while the interior is meant to be an early look at how the next-gen S-Class will appear.
Concept IAA is a transformer, almost literally: No less than eight rear segments extend when the car reaches the 80 km/h speed – or when activated with the push of a button – and the length increases 390 millimetres, front flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 mm to the front and 20 mm to the rear, and the rims’ cupping goes from 55 mm to zero.
Additional features in the Concept IAA include Car-to-X technology, which enable the car to communicate with other cars on the road and retrieve and send important information. The Concept IAA’s exterior is shaped with aerodynamic precision in mind, as the “drops shape” is a nod to classic sports car with modern features.
Inside, the concept takes from S-Class and S-Class Coupe design, with touch-based functions galore, even in the steering wheel.
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