Mercedes F100 Concept: the MPV from outer space
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Mercedes F100 Concept: the MPV from outer space

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The F 100 was the first car of the “F” series, presented in 1991 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, USA, as Mercedes-Benz wanted to break new grounds in ergonomics, safety and comfort.

As you can probably judge from the pictures, the F100 concept was designed as a MVP-style vehicle which used a sandwich-floor assembly that lacked the B-pillars.

The list of innovations brought by the F100 concept is quite long, and it starts with the servo-assisted doors: the front ones hinged open forwards at an inclined angle, while the rear doors slid open backwards parallel with the sides of the vehicle.

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Other particularly striking features were the single central front seat for the driver, the spacious accommodation for six occupants and the three-point seat belts integrated in the seats.

Regarding the powertrain, Mercedes-Benz decided that the F100 concept should be powered by a four-stroke spark-ignition engine with six cylinders and 2.6 litres displacement. The engine delivered 194 hp to the front axle via a three-speed automatic transmission.

Further innovative features included voice control, autonomous intelligent cruise control, an automatic emergency call system and a linear wiper, which swept the windscreen from side to side.

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It might have looked like a vehicle able to time-travel at that time, but many of the innovations presented by the F100 concept are a production reality today. For example, we must mention the autonomous intelligent cruise control launched under the name DISTRONIC in 1998 in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W 220) and the solar cell roof showcased for the first time with the panoramic roof of the Maybach 62 in 2002.

In addition, the F100 featured gas-discharge headlights – launched into production under the name xenon lights in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class W 210 back in 1995 – chip card instead of car keys and rain sensors.

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