Mercedes Simplex Concept Is A Retro-Inspired Roadster With A Futuristic Twist

Mercedes-Benz Design has created a one-off concept for Design Essentials 2019.

Dubbed the Vision Mercedes Simplex, the concept is a retro-inspired roadster that pays “homage to the historical legacy and the birth of the brand.”

As a result, the model draws inspiration from the 1901 Mercedes 35 PS which dominated the competition at Race Week in France. Mercedes says the model is “acknowledged as the first modern car,” so they’ve decided to pay tribute to it with a new concept.

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Designed to showcase how Mercedes can “set new standards in mobility … yesterday, today and tomorrow,” the Simplex has a prominent rose gold grille surround which is designed to recall the bronze radiators of a century ago. However, the center section has been replaced by a digital display that shows Mercedes lettering as well as animations which provide information about the car’s status.

More notably, the concept has four freestanding wheels with unique tires that feature the Mercedes star emblem. They’re presumably powered by electric motors, but the company would only say the concept has an “alternative drive” system.

Moving further back, we can see a retro-inspired hood which is held down by leather straps and rose gold buckles. The two-seater also lacks a windshield and has a two-tone paint job which echoes classic race cars.

The streamlined styling continues in the cabin as there’s a minimalist dashboard with rose gold colored instruments that have information projected onto them. Mercedes calls this approach “hyper analogue” and the company said the car only displays information when it is needed.

Besides the high-tech displays, the concept has a retro-inspired clock and a bespoke steering wheel with wood trim. The model also has a bench seat with azure blue upholstery and Chesterfield quilting.

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  • DaruniaG

    I don’t see the point in a concept like this. Very little creative too

    • Aeromann

      I see it : 4 wheels, one steering wheel.
      This is the real driving pleasure. 😉

    • Matt

      ‘Very little creative’.. uh sure if you aren’t looking at all the little details and uniqueness of the concept overall.

    • PK

      for fun i guess lol

  • Dennis James

    Love it ! This “looks” simple but I see an incredible amount of thought and work going into that simplicity.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    This is rocking! The simplicity of driving in open air! Love it!


  • Bash

    Wow, look at that. It would be even nicer if they showed us a real 1901 model next to it. But still I like this concept sketches and render.

  • TheBelltower

    Is this for an adult?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I didn’t think this was that kind of site.

  • SteersUright

    Fun little exercise.

  • Bash

    mercedes really nailed the concept

  • Big Black Duck

    First time I can remember something unique and inspiring from Mercedes…

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