Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo Concept: Lounge for Gen Z
Looking a bit far out literally and figuratively, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo Concept is an autonomous vehicle the automaker characterizes as the "perfect partner for Generation Z." The announcement adds that "the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo embodies the concept of an automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities," notes Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo's styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury." This 5-passenger exercise in future think also excels in intelligent connectivity, using Deep Machine Learning and an intelligent Predictive Engine to actually increase its knowledge base of those on board with each passing mile.
The Vision Tokyo Concept sets off its flowing monoform shape with surfaces and lines illuminated in blue -- the better to emphasize its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain. Finished in Alubeam silver with color-matched side glass that affords a measure of privacy without impeding the view of those within, the Tokyo Concept has a wraparound windscreen and rides on a 26-inch wheel/tire package. Its canted LED front lighting and prominent grille updates themes introduced on two previous M-B Global Advanced Design exercises: the AMG Vision Gran Turismo and the F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept. Here, the oversize multi-element insert can be programmed to display a graphic interpretation of music being played on the car's audio system. Out back, the Vision Tokyo Concept's ovoid rear main lamp made up of red LED cubes and a blue lower array can serve much the same function while its subtle roof fin houses a 360-degree camera.
Entry to this Gen Z hangout is through a single large power swing-up door on the left side of the vehicle - a decision based on Japan being a right-hand-drive country. Inside, passengers sit on a couch-like perimeter seat covered in off-white perforated leather and back-lit to add a sense of drama. The various apps, maps and other infotainment choices in the Vision Tokyo Concept are accessed via 3D hologram icons that float in the middle of the cabin. Should human intervention ever be needed, it also has a forward-facing jump seat that can be released from the primary couch as well as a swing-down steering wheel.
Motivation for the Vision Tokyo Concept comes from the F-Cell Plug-in Hybrid setup seen on the F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept that combines an induction-chargeable high-voltage battery pack with a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell stack. Mercedes says the Vision Tokyo Concept has a total range of 609 miles with about 118 of those coming from the battery and the rest from electricity generated by the fuel cell.
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