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  • Representation of the brand aesthetics of Mercedes-Benz transferred to a fictitious living space.

    Sensual Purity: Modern Luxury.

The brand aesthetic.

The aesthetic of modern luxury is characterised by timeless beauty, a combination of high-grade technology and craftsmanship as well as a reduction to what is really important. The aim is to spark a desire for the brand. The atmosphere created by the design conveys a reduced, but not distant appearance that is modern and timeless. Black and silver are the dominant colours that create a stage for highlights, but also stage innovations to be complemented by a warm colour range. Natural materials, such as leather and wood give a feeling of being approachable and can be harmoniously combined with technical and innovative highlights. Modern graphic elements that quote the typical Mercedes-Benz style idioms or pick up on the brand make the brand identity stronger.

White writing on a black sign: “The Experience of Modern Luxury”.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon in selenite grey metallic.

Exterior design: sporty, dynamic, emotional.

Characteristic exterior design elements of Mercedes-Benz vehicles include the striking radiator grilles, dynamic side lines and sensually traversing surfaces that largely do away with creases. Regardless of the variant: Mercedes-Benz vehicles’ radiator grilles always embody noblesse, confidence, and timeless aesthetic. They dominate the progressive front design featuring a deep-drawn, stretched bonnet. Only Mercedes-Benz offers brand- and target group-specific variants of the radiator grille for its products, for instance with centrally positioned star (Avantgarde variant for Mercedes-Benz) and the star standing upright on the body (Exclusive exterior).

Calm, dynamic side lines.

The vehicle is visually extended by the longer wheelbase and individual, lateral dropping lines run along the side. The cab has been slightly offset towards the rear, hence creating an ample prestige dimension. The prestige dimension states the distance between A-pillar and front axle. The greater the prestige dimension, the longer and more impressive the bonnet looks. This contributes to the unique Mercedes-Benz proportions that have been convincing and sparking a passion in generations of onlookers. Mercedes-Benz stages sophisticated technology and sparks emotions with clear shapes and sensual surfaces. The extreme reduction of creases and lines emphasises the elegant vehicle body and structures it with light and shade. Mercedes-Benz design thus creates unexpected shapes while being emotional and fascinating.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate Exclusive in mojave silver.
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class interior with leather in macchiato beige/black.

Interior design: new ways.

A modern interpretation of luxury calls for emotional, authentic experiences. With this in mind, the bipolarity of traditional craftsmanship and sophisticated technology also forms the focus of interior design at Mercedes-Benz. The vehicles exude Sensual Purity, setting standards in precision and quality with an extraordinarily high-grade finish. With the interior of the new A-Class and the next GLE, Mercedes-Benz is consistently carrying on as intended to completely restructure the interior.

The unique architecture of the interior is particularly marked by the avantgarde design of the instrument panel. For the first time in the A-Class, a traditional cowl above the cockpit has been completely dispensed with. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the instrument panel extends from one front door to the other without visual discontinuity.

Close-up of the turbines in the interior of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

New turbine look.

Thanks to the omission of a cockpit cowl, the main body of the instrument panel with its trim extends from one front door to the other behind the seemingly free-floating widescreen. The trim elements have been structured in so-called “wrap-around” design and the choice of materials (e.g. open-pore wood) underlines the progressive, modern positioning as the top interior in this class. The total of five round air vents in the A-Class are given a new turbine look inspired by the world of aviation. Finely designed air vanes in a concentric arrangement create the impression of a jet aircraft turbine. As part of one equipment line the vent surround is emphasised in colour at the rear of the vent geometry, giving the impression of an afterburner. The air vents in the centre are driver-oriented, accentuating the sportiness of the interior. In the new GLE, the central nozzles, also known as square nozzles, with their four-fold signature design familiar from the S-Class and E-Class, are staged in a striking, SUV style to emphasise their width. The interior has been designed with great attention to detail featuring ambient lighting like never before.

UI/UX: a new user experience.

Mercedes-Benz also launched a new infotainment system with the new A-Class. The name MBUX alone – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – indicates that the experience (UX: user experience) and benefits for occupants are in the focus. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX can be individually configured to adapt to the corresponding user. Brilliant graphics and a clear, very structured design intuitively create a link between vehicle and driver. In terms of design, the colour theme, free-floating spatial design of screens and the options for different degrees of detail strike the eye. The Mercedes-Benz world works with black backgrounds. They form a space like on a stage which not only sets standards visually, but also supports navigation between the individual information levels. Blue creates a modern, digital look. Materials such as glass and chrome are in the focus and support a technical look.

Widescreen display in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class on a stage.

The new A-Class: balance of beauty and intelligence.

The design philosophy of Sensual Purity, defined by the six guidelines of the design code, applies to all Mercedes-Benz designers. This unique design philosophy is interpreted and developed accordingly, ensuring that each model series acquires its own distinct character while nevertheless always remaining recognisably Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz stages sophisticated technology and triggers emotions as well as desires thanks to the clear shapes and sensual surfaces of the A-Class. The exterior of the A-Class represents sportiness, dynamism and emotion. The progressive front design with a low bonnet, slim LED headlamps (optional) with chrome elements and daytime running lamps guarantees a confident appearance. The striking radiator grille reinterprets its shape. Its outline opens up towards the bottom and also features pins with a diamond look as well as a silver, central louvre.

The new GLE: sporting elegance and safety.

The interior of the new GLE combines the luxurious elegance of the Mercedes-Benz interior with the formal language of a progressively designed SUV interior. The central element in the dashboard’s design is a sporty cockpit embedded in a high-performance body. The freestanding cockpit display floats, for the first time without a cover, in a cassette with built-in air nozzles for a sporty accent. This is emphasised by the lower body, with a deep-set wrap-around wooden trim with door panels. This generates an ample focus on the width of the vehicle and a feeling of space like in luxury class saloons to create an extraordinary feeling of elegance and safety. The high centre console stands in slick contrast to the architecture of the dashboard. The two dominant handles, the highlight of the centre console, symbolise the playful aspect of the off-road experience.

Interior design sketch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 12.07.2018.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.