L BlueTEC diesel
The Mercedes ConceptFASCINATION is a design study intended
to preview future Mercedes-Benz styling, and also highlight
Mercedes' luxury heritage. The ConceptFASCINATION was
displayed for the first time at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management
of Daimler AG, said of the concept. "This design
study continues the long tradition of exciting coupés
from Mercedes-Benz in impressive style. With its emotionally
appealing lines, ConceptFASCINATION offers a completely
new interpretation of the coupé. Its aesthetic,
dynamic looks and painstakingly crafted details ensure
that this study meets the highest design standards."
The exterior styling of the Mercedes ConceptFASCINATION
is characterized by the dynamic front-to-rear sweep of
the style lines which is supposed to give the car a poised
and ready appearance. This is further underlined by the
long, frameless, side-windows and lack of any B-pillars.
The LED headlights preview a new Mercedes styling philosophy.
These rhomboid shaped units are set against a grey background
and feature C-shaped fibre-optic inserts which act as
The wheel arches, especially at the rear, are clearly
defined by sculpted curves which flow into the rest of
A panoramic glass roof helps bring natural light into
the ConceptFASCINATION's cabin which is inspired by the
world of equestrianism.
Thick, dark leather covers the aluminium centre console
which, like a bridge extending from the front to the rear,
spans the space between the four sporty individual seats.
This leather also covers the upper section of the dashboard
and the door armrests.
Contrast to the dark, heavy leather is provided by light,
fine nubuck leather used for the other surfaces and the
four individual seats as well as by the deep-pile carpet
with heavy fibres. The seat centre panels are covered
in strong, high-quality fabric. Trim strips are formed
from American walnut and chrome surrounds.
The wood and aluminium trunk of the ConceptFASCINATION
measures approximately one metre square. Folding up the
floor at the left and right sides reveals two compartments
containing two sets of binoculars as well as a high-quality
digital camera with interchangeable Leica lenses.
The centre of the load compartment is occupied by a folding
smoked glass table which rises out of the floor at the
touch of a button to reveal a compartment housing a humidor.
The table can also be pulled to the rear for easier access
from outside. Doing so provides access to a refrigerated
compartment for drinks and champagne flutes.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION is a fuel
efficient, 204 horsepower, 2.2 litre, four-cylinder, diesel
engine with Mercedes' BlueTEC and AdBlue technology.
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