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 |  Mar 02 2010, 5:11 AM

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F800 Style concept, representing what the German car maker calls the future of premium cars.

The F800 concept has two variants, a plug-in hybrid with a 272 hp V6 direct injection engine paired with a 109 hp lithium-ion battery powered motor, and a fuel cell-powered 136 hp electric model that produces water vapor as its only emission.

The front end features a variation of the radiator grille with the familiar Mercedes-Benz star centrally positioned. curved air intake openings, curved louvres, wide grille  and LED headlamps foreshadow what we may see in future Mercedes-Benz models.

The front doors open in a conventional manner but the rear doors slide backward, suspended from an interior swivel arm to allow easier access in tight parking spaces (which would be particularly useful in the cramped parking lot here at the Geneva Palexpo.)

Other features include some new technology such as Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Report: AMG to Build 300-hp Entry-Level Mercedes, Based on F800 Style Concept

New model will get a turbocharged 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

 |  Feb 25 2010, 2:00 PM

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We had presumed that the sloped and sexy F800 Style concept set to debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show was a look ahead at the future of the CLS, but according to a new report it may in fact be a look at an upcoming sub-C-Class model.

According to AutoCar, the F800 previews a new entry-level Mercedes and an AMG version of the car will compete against vehicles like the Golf R and Audi S3. Presumably that list also includes the BMW 135. Power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection 4-cylinder with a seven-seed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. Power will be rated at 300-hp and torque at 220 ft-lbs.

It’s not clear if a hatchback will be offered, but the decision to build the new model initially as a sedan is due to a high demand for sedans over hatchbacks in the U.S. – a huge market for AMG.

This new platform will also spawn a crossover for Mercedes, likely to be dubbed the BLK, slotting in underneath the GLK and competing against the upcoming BMW X1.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Feb 22 2010, 11:43 AM

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Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in just over a week’s time, Mercedes has unwrapped the F800 Style concept, which was foreshadowed in the Design Concept sculpture at the Detroit show. While Mercedes has released pages upon pages of dry reading about the possible future powerplants that an F800 production model could get, we’re more interested in its design. After all, what you’re looking at is likely to be a very close representation of what the second generation CLS will look like.

For those who even feign interest in concept car engines and the far-off possibility that we’ll all be driving around in emissions-free vehicles any time soon, the F800 can be equipped with two different engines and yes, one is a fuel-cell version. The second is a more realistic alternative; essentially the same setup found in the S400 hybrid, but with a plug-in feature. It uses a V6 gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 18 miles of emissions-free driving. It also makes 400-hp, which is quite an increase from the s400′s 295-hp rating.

Other highlights include some new technology, like Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. (Very cool)! There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.

We’ll bring you more on the F800 concept with live Geneva Auto Show coverage starting March 1st.

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GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept

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