What’s new at the IAA or as we like to call it, the Frankfurt Motor Show? Mercedes-Benz is sure on the top list when it comes to making an impression. The IAA concept is named after the grand show, but it means a whole other thing. It’s the abbreviation for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile. Why? You’ll see in a moment.
Mostly, the name is meant to suggest that the car can alter its basic shape in order to improve its aerodynamics. Basically, this coupe can go from a sedan-like design to a sleek, elegant and sexy car. Actually, it’s aerodynamic form is almost as sleek as the one of Volkswagen XL1 and is a bit sleeker than a Tesla Model S. What do you say about that?
And this is just the beginning of “surprise-ville.” The IAA turns from caterpillar to butterfly at approximately 80 kilometers per hour. Entering the aerodynamic mode makes the eight segments that are positioned at the back of the car extend out, enhancing its length with 15 inches.
The rear might look sexy as hell but the front part doesn’t disappoint either. The flaps in the bumper extend an inch in the front and less than that in the back bumper. These are meant to keep the air away from the wheel arches so that turbulence doesn’t become a problem.
And when it comes to its interior, the IAA is right on track with its specific elegance and beauty. White leather, touch-based controls, blue ambien lighting, glass instrumentation, sensors and modules are just some of the things that transform the interior of this Mercedes into a stunning and extremely comfortable one.
Of course we mustn’t forget about the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain which produces up to 275 horsepower, the sufficient power to help reach a 155-mph top speed.
What about the “steering wheel philosophy?”
This philosophy comes directly from Mercedes-Benz and it represents an intricate design which is a manifestation of intelligent and elegant construction. The steering wheel includes touch-based operating functions which offer a valuable functionality. In addition to this, the OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) buttons allow the driver the play with the instrument cluster menus. But do you know how? In accordance with the safe driving philosophy that has defined Mercedes so far. This means that the OFN button on the left controls the left-hand display while the one of the right controls the right-hand one. Simple and without any problems.
What do you think about the IAA concept?