Many of Mercedes‘ concept cars are concentrated squarely on destiny, but its latest example moves back in time even as it focuses to go on. The automaker has disclosed a Vision Mercedes Simplex concept car that hears back to the 1901 Mercedes 35 PS, billed as the “first contemporary car,” while depending heavily on advance technology.
The scarcity of a gas engine (the powerplant is interpreted only as an “alternative drive”) is truly the least surprising thing here – it is the cabin and nose that are the real beauties.
The grille has been restored by a “3D display” that both shows the vintage Mercedes sticker and, more greatly, displays the car’s status at a glimpse.
The cockpit, meanwhile, clasps to the minimalist glance of very early cars through predictions that exhibit context-sensitive details like speed and navigation. You could concentrate your attention on driving your retro ride rather than processing a set of information. Porsche should take note.
You are unlikely to see a production edition of the Simplex. It does not even have a windshield or a rated power production, let alone the equipment required to pass contemporary safety principles.
This is more of an example of how Mercedes could remember its roots without giving up present-day creature comforts. Do not be surprised if you see the projections and other components find their way into road-going cars, even if it is in an insufficient form.
As a concept car, the Vision Mercedes Simplex can get off with a handful of exclusions, like headlights and basic security features, which makes it look extra slim.
There are some major differences, of course, involving the electronic display on the front of the Vision Mercedes Simplex where the grill was placed earlier.
Does it drive?
Probably. But you would not really want to be taking this thing on the streets.