Mercedes’ concept cars are concentrated squarely on the future. However, its newest example goes back in time even as it goals to go forward. The automaker has unveiled a Vision Mercedes Simplex concept car that hearkens back to the 1901 Mercedes 35 PS, billed because the “first modern car,” while relying heavily on modern technology. The absence of a fuel engine (the power plant is described solely as an “alternative drive”) is the least surprising factor here it is the cabin and nose that are the real standouts.
The grille has been replaced by a “3D display” that each displays the vintage Mercedes logo an, extra importantly, displays the car’s status at a glance. The cockpit, in the meantime, sticks to the minimalist look of very old vehicles by way of projections that display context-sensitive data like speed and navigation. People (user) can focus their attention on driving their retro ride as an alternative to processing a sea of information. Porsche, take note.
User is unlikely to see a production version of the Simplex. It does not even have a windshield or a rated power output, let alone the gear wanted to pass modern safety standards. That is more an illustration of how Mercedes might recall its roots without giving up present-day creature comforts. Don’t be surprised for those who see the projections and other elements discover their method into road-going cars, even if it is in a limited form.