Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new concept for the evolution of the S-class luxury saloon that promises 105mpg fuel economy.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show the F125 is billed as a rolling laboratory for the sort of driveline Mercedes expects to include in future luxury cars. The hydrogen-powered research car uses an advanced fuel cell that, in theory, would provide it with higher performance than even the most powerful S-class models of today. At the same time it produces zero emissions.
The F125 also hints at styling cues for next-generation Mercedes models. The company confirmed to Autocar that elements of its exterior, including the grille and side feature lines, will be mirrored in the 2013 S-class and successor to today’s CL, the S-class coupé.
The F125 is 97mm shorter, 110mm wider and 50mm lower than today’s short-wheelbase S-class, while the wheelbase is even longer than that of today’s long-wheelbase car, due to its ultra-short overhangs.
The car has a lightweight, aluminium-intensive chassis supporting towering 23-inch wheels and weighing 135kg less than the current S350 CGI.