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Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA premieres in Frankfurt

Snapshot: A hybrid concept featuring a drag coefficient of just 0.19.

One of the many world premieres at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA which has the same moniker as the show’s name. It’s a preview of future luxurious models from the company with the three-pointed star logo and this concept has been aerodynamically optimized to enable a drag coefficient of just 0.19. This was possible by installing electric aero panels in the front and at the back which boost the concept’s overall length by 390 mm.

In terms of power, there is a gasoline-electric hybrid setup providing a combined output of 274 bhp which grants the Intelligent Aerodynamic Car concept with a top speed of 250 kmph. It can also be driven in electric mode for as much as 66 km while used as a hybrid it has CO2 emissions of a mere 28 g/km, so it’s safe to say we are dealing with one of the greenest cars ever made by Mercedes-Benz.

The futuristic four-door coupe shape is mirrored on the inside where we find a high-tech look with four individual seats while the layout of the dashboard seems to be borrowed from the latest S-Class, but with an additional touchscreen display mounted in the center to replace most of the physical buttons and knobs.

It should be a very spacious interior taking into account the wheelbase stands at 2975mm while the overall length is 5040mm standard and 5430mm when the aerodynamic mode is enabled. It should be mentioned the Concept IAA from Mercedes-Benz is 1995mm wide and 1305mm tall while the design could preview the next generation CLS due to come out in a couple of years and it might be renamed “CLE” to better show its similarity in size with the E-Class upon which it will be based.

As a final note, the most aerodynamic Mercedes-Benz production model ever launched is the CLA which came out in 2013 with a drag coefficient of 0.22.

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