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Mercedes-Benz F200 concept

Mercedes-Benz F200 concept

Mercedes-Benz F200 concept


Mercedes-Benz F200 concept


Mercedes-Benz F200 concept interior
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model F200
Concept year 1996
Production year -
Engine -

The Mercedes-Benz F200 concept which debuted at the 1996 Paris Motor Show was an extremely advanced concept which showcased a number of cutting edge technologies which were being explored at the time.

The most unusual feature of the Mercedes-Benz F200 concept was the unusual drive-by-wire system which used joysticks instead of a steering wheel and pedals for directional, throttle and braking control. This strange solution offered several benefits. First of all it was considered safer in the event of an accident because there were was no steering wheel to smash into, or pedals which could be pushed into the footwells if the car had a front-on collision. Secondly the seating position was more relaxed and comfortable due to the ergonomic placement of the joysticks. And thirdly the driving could be done from either front seat. Control could be passed to either the left or right seat simply by flicking a switch. You could even do it on the move!

The Mercedes F200 concept also featured rear view cameras instead of a mirror, and a glass roof which could be lightened or darkened depending on exterior conditions.

Stylewise the F200 concept was nothing too shocking - although the dramatic door mechanism drew some attention. Part of the job of the concept was to preview the styling of the next-generation S-Class which came out a year later. Despite the facto the S-Class is a sedan and the F200 was a coupe, both cars shared similar design details, headlights, grille and simple, uncluttered lines.


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