Mercedes-Benz has used today’s Tokyo Motor Show press day preview to showcase its fuel-cell powered Vision Tokyo concept, a ‘trailblazing spatial experience’ with a ‘monolithic structure and futuristic design idiom’, allied to a unique luxury, youthful and progressive lounge ambience, which the Stuttgart manufacturer describes ‘a fitting tribute to the sophisticated megacity and trendsetting metropolis that is Tokyo’.
Capable of being driven autonomously, with an potential overall range of 612 miles (117 miles of battery-powered driving, and almost 500 miles on the electricity produced in the fuel cell), the five-seater Vision Tokyo is intended to reflect the Mercedes brand’s growing youthful appeal, as an homage to the urban Generation Z of people born the mid-1990s who have grown up with new media and take it for granted.
The spacious Vision Tokyo is the brainchild of the designers working within Mercedes-Benz’s global network of Advanced Design Studios, which chose a monochrome Alubeam paintwork, a seamless glass surround and screen-printed side windows in the colour of the vehicle to give occupants privacy, while also allowing light to penetrate into the interior an unimpeded view out. Access into the car and circular couch seating is via an upward-swinging door on the left-hand side – tailored for the right-hand-drive traffic in Japan’s megacity.
Speaking about its latest concept, Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG says: ‘The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo embodies the concept of an automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities. The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo’s styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury from Mercedes-Benz.’