The latest concept to come from the classic brand turned into a Mercedes asset – Maybach – is full of timeless opulence and delivers a powerful futuristic stance thanks to the all-electric powertrain.
The prototype has made its official public debut during the Monterey Car Week and is powered by four electric motors hooked to an 80-kilowatt-hour battery to make sure there’s ample power and enough range to showcase this beauty at great distances. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is looking with an eye into the past – the design is a clear inspiration of the streamlined exterior styling common around the 1930s, such as pre-war Bugatti models. The other eye is keenly set towards the future, with a marvelous interior and high-tech green powertrain. This seemingly classic look is a perfect match to the numerous true icons present during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Vision 6 is one humongous concept, as it can be clearly seen when looking at it from the profile – chrome stripes make sure you’re not mistaking the length for visual effects. Mercedes’ also made a reference to its classic past via the gullwing doors, but there’s even more: huge chrome grille with vertical slats at the front, hooked in between a narrow line of LEDs, while at the back we found two narrowly split windows with a small fin between them, with the back “bumper” sculpted by the designers into a sophisticated work of art. The Vision 6 has no less than 222 inches (5.6 meters) to its length – and the 52.3 inches (1,328 millimeters) tall measurement makes you believe it to be even larger.
In the cabin the classic inspiration has been discarded for a futuristic take on the 2+2 style – with emphasis on those sitting up front. They reside in sculpted seats and have an augmented reality windshield to marvel at. Inside there’s things like rose gold trim and elm floors. The powertrain consists of four electric motors that deliver an overall power of four electric motors, getting the AWD coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than four seconds. The 80 kilowatt-hour battery is good for a range of more than 200 miles (320 km) according to the EPA or 500 km (311 miles) when switching to the NEDC.