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Mercedes F700 Concept Powered by Hybrid Drive

The experimental IC engine in the hybrid drive system combines elements of both gasoline and diesel units, with differing injection and variable compression depending on drive conditions.

Published: 25-Jun-2008

As it turns out, the luxury car of the future doesn't look much like the spindly, teardrop-shaped, hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered creation envisioned a decade or so ago.

If this world-exclusive drive of the Mercedes-Benz F700 research vehicle is an indication, the luxury car of 2020 and beyond will be very similar to those on Mercedes dealer lots now.

Sure, it will look different, with exaggerated proportions and an aerodynamic shape. But according to Mercedes, this future S-Class will run a gasoline engine and an automatic gearbox and offer the same space, performance and comfort as the current flagship.

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