Mercedes-Benz: Vision GST Concept
Vision GST: Design study for a six-seater tourer of the future
Interview with Prof.
Mercedes-Benz is once again emphasising its role as a trend-setter among premium-class automotive brands with the Vision GST - a design study for a radically new vehicle concept closely focused on the needs and wishes of people of today. The letters GST stand for "Grand Sports Tourer" - an interesting vehicle category which combines features of a number of established automotive concepts to create a new and distinctive format. Vision GST is a touring saloon, estate, people carrier and sport utility vehicle (SUV) rolled into one. Above all, the Mercedes study is a vehicle which lends unprecedented excitement and new meaning to the concept of long-distance driving pleasure.
Sporty, elegant design with sports car styling touches
The distinctive arc of the roof line which sweeps gently from the A-pillar to the C-pillar dominates the dynamic styling of the Vision GST. It emphasises the long, sleek silhouette and hints strongly at the powerful, sporty power plant within the spacious body. This impression is further reinforced by the large, 22-inch wheels and the wedge shape suggested by the lines which are a distinctive feature of the sides of the vehicle.
At roof level, a large
area of special electrochromic glass runs from the front windscreen
to the rear of the vehicle. At the press of a button, the occupants
can vary the degree of tinting depending on the intensity of the sunlight.
The side windows of the design study are equally striking. The absence
of a B-pillar means the window area gives the effect of a continuous
band, which again helps to reinforce the sporty character of the vehicle.
Other highlights include the rear-hinged "but-terfly" doors, which open
to 90 degrees, making boarding and alighting particularly easy while
at the same time opening up new possibilities in the field of interior
In the area of the instrument panel, the eye is drawn to the centre console which almost appears detached from the rest of the dashboard. The centre console, with its two aluminium panels and tinted glass, houses the colour monitor, the CD player, the car radio and many of the controls. The monitor, which is part of the navigation system, incorporates new software which gives the direction arrows, road maps and other graphic display features a spatialised, "3D" effect. This advanced display technology is also used for the shimmering blue cockpit instruments.
Photos: Mercedes & Automotive Intelligence
Apr 03, 2002