Mercedes-Benz has delighted visitors at the International Consumer Electronics Show CES 2020 with the premiere of an electric concept car called Vision AVTR (Advanced Vehicle Transformation).
It is interesting that this abbreviation is also a reference to the fantastic film Avatar by James Cameron, which is not at all accidental, since the prototype is made just in the style of this film.
The Mercedes Vision AVTR Concept features a futuristic teardrop design with massive wheels and glass side panels instead of standard doors. Plus, it should be noted that there are 33 movable aerodynamic flaps located in the rear of the car. They are able to synchronously change their position and from the side they resemble scales.
As conceived by the Germans, the appearance of the prototype is intended to demonstrate “the ideal symbiosis between man, nature and machine.” Such an idea, for example, is evidenced by a pulsating backlight that adjusts to the driver’s heart rate if he puts his hand on a special controller located on the center console.
As for the four-seater cockpit, most of its elements are made from recycled materials, while the seats installed in the cabin resemble hammocks in their shape, which could be seen in the aboriginal settlements of the planet Pandora in the film “Avatar”.
The seats here are upholstered in Dinamica faux leather, which is obtained by recycling old clothes and plastic bottles. The interior of the AVTR concept itself is decorated with wooden inserts called Karuun. The latter are made from rattan material – reed growing in Indonesia.
There are no standard controls in the Mercedes Vision AVTR, that is, the model is a full-fledged drone, but the developers do not talk about the features of the autopilot.
As for the technical stuffing, the car is driven by four electric motors (one on each of the wheels). In total, they develop 470 hp. and draws energy from a 110 kWh battery, while the manufacturer emphasizes that the concept’s battery works on the principles of organic chemistry and does not contain rare earth metals. The power reserve of the prototype is declared at around 700 km.
Given the futuristic nature of the project, it is not difficult to guess that the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR is only a show car and the Germans are not planning to launch such a model into a series.