2004 Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind Concept Photo Gallery

2004 Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind Concept Photo Gallery
Front Side View

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind concept
Mercedes-Benz was the only German automaker with anything worthwhile to show at Tokyo. The F500 is the latest in a long line of futuristic Mercedes concepts that began with the 1991 F100, which presaged innovations we now take for granted, such as smart cruise control. Packaged as a four-door fastback sedan, the F500 Mind is rumored to portend the styling of the next-generation S-class coming in 2005, although Mercedes officials vehemently deny this.

Side View

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind concept
The F500's hybrid powertrain consists of the Europe-market, 4.0-liter common-rail diesel from the current S-class mated to a 50-kilowatt electric motor that switches on and off according to traffic conditions. The motor's 300-volt battery is located under the passenger cell and is recharged via regenerative braking. Mercedes claims that the hybrid system reduces fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent.

Rear Side View

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind concept
An innovative packaging concept uses electronically operated accelerator and brake pedals with pressure-sensitive surfaces, thus freeing up the front footwells from space-hogging conventional mechanical pedals. The front seats therefore can be positioned about five inches farther forward, providing more space for rear-seat passengers. At 200.5 inches in length, the F500 is only 1.9 inches shorter than the current S-class, and its wheelbase is identical, at 116.7 inches.

Side View

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind concept
The F500's body shell also presents new ideas. The doors open conventionally, via front hinges, or the rear doors can be opened suicide-door-style via an additional set of rear hinges. In the latter mode, the B-pillar stays attached to the rear door, providing a 74.8-inch-wide opening to the cabin. To compensate for the decreased structural rigidity caused by the lack of full-size B-pillars, there's an interior pillar in the middle of the cabin, stretching from the floor to the radically designed glass roof.

Front Interior View

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind concept
The F500's multivision instrument panel display features programmable dials and displays, with images that can be optically superimposed or combined with the aid of a semitransparent mirror. The driver can summon a range of information by pushing a button on the steering wheel. The display also incorporates images from a Night Vision system similar to the one Cadillac introduced several years ago.

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