Thursday 27 October 2016
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Mercedes-Benz Previews Concept IAA In Frankfurt

Mercedes-Benz Previews Concept IAA In Frankfurt

Mercedes-Benz loves to come up with futuristic vehicles and we have to say the sleek-looking Concept IAA has perhaps the biggest grill of any Mercedes we’ve seen recently, aside from maybe the Luxury In Motion vehicle it showed off in Detroit earlier this year. Mercedes introduced the new four-door concept coupe at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show and it could be a sign of what’s to come in the new CLS.

So just what does IAA stand for? Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile. Mercedes describes is as two cars in one, “an aerodynamics world champion and a four-door coupé embodying irresistible design.”

Mercedes-Benz also says Concept IAA is also a study in car connectivity. Though it says so in much more wordy manner, saying it  features “Car-to-X technology, for example, which enables the study to communicate with other vehicles or other sources of information.”

“Fascinating and technically sophisticated cars form the core of Mercedes-Benz. The ‘Concept IAA’ applies intelligent innovations to resolve the conflicting aims of functionality and aesthetics and shows that we still have plenty of ideas on how to achieve further improvements in efficiency,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Inside, the design is in line with the look of the S-Class and S-Class Coupé, but goes a step further providing a look at what Mercedes-Benz calls a “business saloon”.

“The ‘Concept IAA’ continues our series of visionary concept cars,” explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “The symbiosis of alluring forms showcasing intelligent aerodynamics is an expression of our unique Mercedes-Benz design philosophy.”

The steering wheel also deserves a mention. It incorporates touch-based operating functions, embedded in the clusters in a similar hovering manner as the touchpad in the centre console, so drivers can scroll through the instrument cluster menus.

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz