Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept: a blend of old and new

Published: 18 September 2019

► Shown at Design Essentials show
► Based on the Mercedes 35 PS
► New age fun with a vintage feel 

With the all-electric EQC rolling off production lines and a saloon-shaped EQS currently in development, it’s clear Mercedes is futureproofing its line-up – but that hasn’t stopped it looking back, too. That weird thing at the top of the page is the Vision Mercedes Simplex: a ‘sculpture’ that marries the past with the present.

The concept was shown at the Design Essentials show in Nice, and fuses some of the styling of the Mercedes 35 PS with the design of the brand’s new EQ range. Look at the pictures above and you’ll see it’s still a two-seater, and still broadly in the same format of the 120-year-old car it pays homage to – but there are some very modern touches, too.

The Simplex features the same two-tone colour scheme as the 35PS, but replaces a radiator with a screen – just like one we’d usually see on the EQ range. As you’d expect, Mercedes says this panel will also communicate the car’s status to other road users. 

Inside, expect a cleaner, more futuristic interior – because this is 2019-spec concept after all. 

Of course, it’ll never make it to production, but it’s interesting to see Mercedes’ design team let loose on an iconic design such as the 35 PS’. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes.