The concept is heavily masked but we can make out the general shape and see the design of its tail-lights, which looks to feature the long bar of lights that have appeared on recent Mercedes concepts such as the Concept SUV and G-Code. The proportions are certainly odd but this is to accommodate a new interior concept that Mercedes says would become possible in a world of autonomous cars.
Basically, with the driving duties being handled by the car itself, the interior could be transformed into a private area of retreat in urban traffic. The seats could face each other to create a lounge-like environment, and display screens could be used for entertainment purposes or to provide information about the vehicle's surroundings. You’ll notice that the concept is much wider than a normal car.
Mercedes-Benz autonomous-car interior concept at TecDay, Sunnyvale, California
An alternative powertrain is almost certain, though whether this is a battery-powered setup or one with a hydrogen fuel cell remains to be seen. Efficiency will be a key aspect of the concept as well, as indicated by its aerodynamic shape and skinny tires.
The concept will be presented on January 5 at CES by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche who is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the event. Stay tuned for the full reveal.