Last year, Mercedes-Benz grabbed attention at Monterey Car Week with its concept for an all-electric luxury coupe of the future. This year, the automaker shed the roof and introduced a reprise: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.
The 750-horsepower all-wheel-drive 2-seater, unveiled Friday at a private home in Pebble Beach, California, is fully autonomous and can travel about 250 miles on a fully charged battery. The concept won’t be produced any time soon, but it reveals how one automaker believes cars might change over the next decade or so.
Nearly 20 feet long, the car sports exaggerated proportions, with an elongated hood and a wide rear reminiscent of a luxury yacht. Its nautical blue metallic paintwork, quilted white nappa leather upholstery, chrome trim and open-pore wood floor maintain the nautical theme and are intended as throwbacks to analogue elements as the world becomes increasingly digitalized, according to Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler AG. Meanwhile, the oversize grille’s vertical struts evoke a pinstriped suit.
Inside, Mercedes designers intended the curved dashboard to resemble a 360-degree open-air luxury lounge. A minimalist dashboard displays key metrics — such as the drive system’s electrical energy flow — using blue fiber optics. One of the most notable design elements features the cabin’s white leather upholstery. Its quilted pattern is secured with buttons backlit in blue with the Mercedes star emblem, creating a glow-in-the-dark effect under the open night sky.
The car of the future also strives to understand its passengers. An intelligent navigation system syncs with passengers’ personal calendars to guide the car to meetings and appointments more efficiently. A concierge function that provides passengers with recommendations and helps them make reservations can understand casual speech and doesn’t need predefined voice commands. As Mercedes has indicated in previous discussions of potential next-generation technology, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet will have biometric sensors that can detect passengers’ psychological and physiological states.