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Mercedes Vision Tokyo Concept re-imagines Minivans

Snapshot: Mercedes-Benz re-imagines Minivans and unveils futuristic-looking Vision Tokyo Concept at Tokyo Motor Show.

The Vision Tokyo concept is Mercedes-Benz take at new age minivans. According to Mercedes, in an always connected world of the future, it’s expected that the next age of drivers would interact digitally with their machines.The monolithic design looks far from today’s age and ultra modern looks are result of large glass area and rounded edges.

The monochrome Alubeam paintwork emphasises the car’s proportions. The side windows are printed in silver colour that provide privacy to occupants and at the same time allow sufficient light to penetrate into interior and provide unobstructed view to the passengers. The face bears illuminated grille that can show sound pattern of the music that’s being played inside the cabin. Meanwhile at the rear, red LED lights surround the oval window. The exterior may look minimalistic, there’s huge emphasis on the comfort of passengers. There are gullwing doors that provide large area for easy egress and ingress.

The car looks nothing short of car from sci-fi movie and there’s a holographic entertainment system that doubles up as interaction system with the car. The power is derived from hydrogen fuel cell and electrical batteries and is easy on the environment. The hybrid system provides a total range of 980 kilometres, of which some 190 kilometres is purely from battery-powered driving and around 790 kilometres on the electricity produced via fuel cells.

The Vision Tokyo to be controlled manually and drive autonomously too. In case there's need for manual control, a seat facing in the direction of travel can be released from the centre of the couch at the front, rather like the "jump seat" in an aircraft cockpit. The steering wheel, too, is then moved from its standby position into driving position.

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