Mercedes-Benz Concept Vehicles –
the Shape of the Future
Luxury convertible: Concept Ocean Drive
At the North American Auto Show 2007 in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz underlined its role as pioneer and design trendsetter by presenting the four-door Concept Ocean Drive convertible. With this design show car, the brand revived the tradition of large luxury convertibles with a specially manufactured one-off model. Without the constraints of technical and production specifications, the designers created the most comfortable and most elegant convertible in the world.
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Mercedes-Benz design study: Concept Ocean Drive
Facts
Vehicle:
Concept Ocean Drive
When:
January 2007
Where:
North American International Auto Show, Detroit
What:
Four-door luxury convertible
Powertrain:
12-cylinder four-stroke gasoline engine, 5.5 liter displacement, 380 kW (517 hp), rear-wheel drive, five-speed automatic transmission
Technical highlights
  • Headlamps and rear lights with LED technology
  • Innovative soft-top mechanism, permitting a harmonious as well as rapid opening and closing sequence
  • Novel AIRSCARF headroom heating on all four seats
The four-door convertible Concept Ocean Drive combines elegance with a refined lifestyle and exclusiveness at the highest level.
As a show car, the unique luxury convertible from Stuttgart places the idea of a dream car onto four wheels and at the same time reflects the high design competence and values of the Mercedes-Benz brand. These include traditional basic values such as soundness, quality, comfort, effortless superiority, value retention and safety, complemented by the key messages of passion, fascination and innovation.
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Exterior
The special external features of the show car include four doors, a very large vertical radiator grill, headlamps and rear lights with LED technology, two-tone finish and an intriguing interplay of taut lines and large smooth surfaces. This gives the automotive solitaire a superior and powerful appearance, coupled with elegance and forward thrust.
The long lateral glazing, unmarred by B-pillars and window frames in typical convertible style, makes the exterior merge with the interior even with the roof closed.
Interior
Generous use of valuable materials – high-grade leather, fabrics with a three-dimensional appearance and large bird’s eye maple surfaces used as trim and even soft-top compartment cover – and of host of lovingly designed detail features underline the show car’s luxurious and unique character in the interior.
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Powertrain
The design study was based in engineering terms on the Mercedes-Benz S 600 with twelve-cylinder engine and long wheelbase. Its technical highlights include an innovative soft-top mechanism with a convincingly harmonious, as well as quick, opening and closing sequence, and the novel AIRSCARF headroom heating on all four seats, permitting open-top motoring pleasure even during the cold season.
In addition, the fully operational show car is equipped with production systems for a unique level of safety, including, among other things, PLUS Brake Assist, accident prevention system in combination with DISTRONIC PLUS and radar sensors, and the anticipatory occupant protection system, PRE-SAFE.
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