Mercedes-Benz revealed its hydrogen-powered gullwing F 125! luxury car concept, offering a glimpse at what the company’s vehicles will look like in the year 2025.
The F 125! – named for Mercedes-Benz’s 125th anniversary – illustrates the company’s styling direction for the next decade and beyond while also highlighting Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to developing hydrogen-powered technology. Mercedes foresees a range of 1,000 km (621 miles) for the F 125! thanks to the combination of the car’s fuel cell drive system and plug-in technology. Helping to increase the range is a new hydrogen storage unit which integrates the hydrogen tank with the floor assembly. In addition to the hydrogen storage unit, the F 125! uses a 10 kWh lithium-sulfur battery stored behind the rear seats. The battery can provide enough power for a range of 50 km (31 miles).
The hydrogen and electric power systems operate four electric motors, one at each wheel, combining for a sustained power output of 231 hp and a peak output of 313 hp. Mercedes-Benz estimates a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 220 kph (136.7 mph).
Of course, this wouldn’t be a future S-Class model without some luxury features. The F125! uses the “@yourCOMAND” infotainment system. Operated by voice commands as well as touch and hand gestures, the @yourCOMAND is connected to the internet and can provide traffic and news updates, weather reports, and social network connectivity.
Information is displayed on autostereoscopic 3D screens while a module on the center console uses both a touchpad and 3D fingertracking using projector-beam technology while a retractable 17-inch passenger side display is also fully controlled by hand gestures.
Mercedes-Benz’s Advanced Driving Assist technology can be used to let the F 125! perform some driving maneuvers autonomously. Using radio-based Car-to-X communication, the system exchanges information with other vehicles, traffic lights or warning signs to autonomously change lanes ore even pass other vehicles.