The Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing, and press releases are overflowing our inboxes. Ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show’s debut, Mercedes-Benz released all the details surrounding its newest eco-friendly rig, the Concept Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA).
This is one of the more advanced cars that I’ve seen in recent years in terms of fuel-saving and emission-reducing technology. Sure, there have been plenty of EVs that have blown my mind, but this rig cranks the engineering dial to 11.
The body is not only striking, if not polarizing, but it is also a technological marvel all itself. The static images you see here do not do it justice, as at speeds of 80 km/h (49.7 mph) or higher, the Concept IAA goes through a transformation called aerodynamic mode. In this mode, eight segments on the rear end shift to extend its length by up to 390 mm (15.4 inches), flaps in front of the bumper extend 25 mm (1 inch), flaps to the rear of the bumper extend by 20 mm (0.8 inches), the cup of the rims reduces from 55 mm (2.2 inches) to flat, and the louver on the front bumper moves 60 mm (2.4 inches) toward the rear.
The end result of all of this shapeshifting is a car that breaks records with is 0.19 Cd rating. This low drag rating helps the 5,040 mm (198.4-inch) – 5,430 mm (213.8 inch) in aero mode – long, 1,995 mm (78.5-inch) wide, and 1,306 mm (51.4-inch) tall IAA slice through the air with ease.
Inside the IAA, Mercedes went with a 2+2 setup, giving it a sportier feel. The tech-heavy side of the IAA makes it inside the cabin too, as the two-spoke steering wheel features touch-based operating functions and the optical finger navigation buttons on the center console-mounted touchscreen make operation a breeze.
Powering the rather large IAA is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers 279 horsepower. While this is not a pile of raging ponies, it is enough to get the IAA to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). What’s more, this concept is also environmentally friendly, as it emits only 28 grams of CO2 per km and travels up to 66 km (41 miles) on electric only when it is in aerodynamic model. In design mode (the base mode), the electric range falls to 62 km (38.5 miles) and the emissions increase to 31 grams per km.
There is no penciled-in date for this concept or any of its technology making it to production, but we should see Mercedes start putting some of this concept to use in the next five years.