Pushing the limits of innovation is at the heart of everything Mercedes-Benz does. Whether it’s creating an autonomous semi or equipping a sedan with features you probably never knew existed, Mercedes-Benz is constantly re-establishing the present and future of the automotive industry. The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA is the latest example of the automaker taking its innovation to the next level.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Concept IAA is a real-life transformer. When traveling at speeds of 50 miles per hour or at the push of a button, the car will transform from its traditional dimensions into a significantly longer, ultra-aerodynamic coupe.
How Does the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA transform?
Automatically at speeds of 80 km/h or manually at the push of a button, Concept IAA morphs into a very different vehicle. Here’s what happens:
- Eight segments of the vehicle’s rear extend by approximately 15 inches
- Flaps in the front bumper extend by an inch to the front and 3/4 inch to the rear
- Active Rims cupping changes from 2 inches to 0 inches
- The front bumper flaps move 2.3 inches to the rear
All these transformations are in an effort to improve airflow and make the vehicle as aerodynamic as possible. Of course, these changes help drastically increase fuel economy at cruising speeds, when drag becomes a larger factor.
When it’s not in its most aerodynamic state, the IAA is simply a great looking four-door coupe with plenty of power. It houses a gas/electric hybrid power train capable of generating 279 horsepower with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Visually, Concept IAA fits in with other recent concepts from Mercedes-Benz, including the autonomous F 015 Luxury In Motion Concept. Inside, Mercedes-Benz continues to portray its vision for a mobile business saloon of the future.
While the Concept IAA may never make its way to our showroom, the technology behind it could eventually be rolled out in production models. Until then, let’s marvel at this concept in the gallery below.
Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA Photo Gallery