The Mercedes Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) has made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in Germany. The design study previews the future of Mercedes-Benz cars with a focus on aerodynamic performance.
At the core of the development of the Concept IAA is aerodynamic efficiency. The design study incorporates an exclusive aerodynamic mode which enhances the length of the four door coupe at the press of a button or on reaching 80 km/h.
The design study features the incorporation of flaps which are mounted on the front bumper which extend by 25 mm to the front and 20 mm to the rear, while eight segments at the rear of the vehicle extend to increase the length of the vehicle by 390 mm. This, the company claims, transforms the Concept IAA into an ‘aerodynamics world champion’ achieving a coefficient of drag rating of 0.19 Cd.
The exterior design features a more aerodynamic appearance with the long bonnet and a gently sloping roofline. The design study features a ‘shark nose’ profile along with a flat and wide radiator grille opening. It also incorporates LED headlamps, while on the sides, the conventional door mirrors are replaced with cameras.
The traditional door handles have also been given a miss and the concept instead features a touchpad with blue backlighting. Moving over to the rear, the tail lamps are a stand out feature, with a look inspired from ‘stardust’ and ‘glow from a jet engine’. The company also informs that the ‘stardust look’ rear tail lamps will make its debut on production models in the beginning of 2016.
The interior of the design study builds on the interiors seen on the S-Class and the S-Class coupe models. The instrument panel has been designed to merge with the doors for a wrap-around look. The cabin includes the use of all-aluminium trim while the floor of the concept is lined with leather.
The eight air vents get special design treatment from Swarovski with an art in grass theme, which offers rich depth and a variety of reflections. These embellishments are further accentuated by the incorporation of ambient lighting in blue and red colour schemes.
The Concept IAA is 1,995 mm wide, 1,305 mm high and 5,040 millimetres long (5,430 mm in aerodynamic mode), and has a wheelbase of 2,975 mm. It is powered by a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system that produces a total output of 205 kW (279 hp) and has an all-electric range of 66 km (41 miles) in the aerodynamic mode with CO2 emissions of 28 g/km. The top speed of the Concept IAA has been electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The press release is embedded below the image gallery.