At "Auto China 2018" in Beijing, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision "Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury", a crossover, based on an exclusive high-end sedan and an SUV, including the raised seating position and the athletic looks. The concept car is conceived as an electric vehicle with four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors and fully variable all-wheel drive.
The task was to harmoniously transfer the familiar three-box design – hood, passenger compartment and trunk - to an SUV-like architecture. With its generous dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury (length/width/height: 207 x 83 x 70 inches) represents a continuation of the series of design show cars from Mercedes.
The concept car is conceived as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors, it offers fully variable all-wheel drive. The output from the powertrain is 750 hp (550 kW). The flat underfloor battery has a usable capacity of around 80 kWh, producing a range of over 200 miles (500 kilometers according to the NEDC). The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The fast-charging function is also convenient: Thanks to DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes, enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 60 miles (100 kilometers). The battery can be charged by cable at public charging stations, conventional domestic socket outlets or, even more conveniently, by induction. The charging current is contactlessly transmitted by an electromagnetic field below the car.
The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury features an exciting contrast between high-level sportiness and luxurious spaciousness. The goal of the interior designers was to provide echoes of the series-produced vehicles while transporting them into an unprecedented world of luxury. The colors employed are typical of the brand, such as rose gold, crystal white and pearl grey.
As the study is intended primarily for chauffeur-driven use, its ultra-luxury design is strongly focused on the rear passengers - the driver's area and cockpit are reduced to the essentials.
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