The car industry is in the midst of its most significant period of change since the invention of the automobile.
With electric, hybrid, and hydrogen powertrain technology leading the charge, the car of the future promises to be an ultra-efficient vehicle that drives itself and is virtually impervious to accidents. This Mercedes-Benz concept, dubbed the ‘Nostalgia’, offers a look at what such a vehicle from the German automaker could look like.
The first thing to note about the concept is that it looks unlike any current model with the Three-Pointed Star. For example, there are single lines of LEDs that make up the headlights and taillights. Additionally, there are limited body panel gaps across the exterior and the concept looks like it could cut through the air unlike any other sedan to come before it.
Some inspiration appears to have been taken from the Mercedes Concept IAA from a few years ago. That vehicle, just like the Nostalgia, features an area of the rear end that extends outwards to improve aerodynamics, helping to boost top speed and efficiency. The Nostalgia combines this feature with aerodynamic fins on the rear wheel arches, an elongated decklid, and a tiny rear window split in two by a fin that reminds us of the Bugatti Chiron’s rear.
Although it’s very possible that there will never be a road-going Mercedes that remotely resembles this concept, there’s a good chance certain aspects of the concept, such as that extending tail, will find their way into mass-production vehicles in the coming decades.