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Spied! Mystery Mercedes-Benz Concept Looks Space-Worthy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/15/2014 Karla Sanchez

Auto show season is right around the corner, which means automakers are busy prepping another round of crazy concept cars. It appears Mercedes-Benz will be one such automaker, as spy photographers caught Benz engineers alongside a wacky, spaceship-looking thing just recently.

Spied! Mystery Mercedes-Benz Concept Looks Space-Worthy

UPDATE: A source has told us this is indeed a Mercedes concept car, and that we'll see it next January at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

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Photographers were able to snap photos of the futuristic car partially uncovered, revealing smooth doors that appear to have no handles. Painted in the signature Mercedes silver exterior paint color, the concept car is sleek and long with an overall wedge-shaped body. Given the radical design, an alternative powerplant is likely, possibly hybrid or all-electric. The concept rolls on what appear to be temporary spares with skinny tires, but the bulging wheel arches suggest we'll probably see much larger units when the car is ready to be shown off. The overall shape of this mystery car reminds us of the F700 and F800 concepts the German automaker showed off in 2008 and 2009, respectively. This prototype features a streamlined profile vaguely similar to those cars, and could mean Mercedes is planning another concept in the series. The F700 featured a 1.8-liter DiesOtto four-cylinder and electric motor making a combined 235 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the F800 used a gasoline-powered 3.5-liter V-6 plug-in hybrid setup good for 403 hp.

We don't really know what this mystery prototype could be, but we look forward to finding out during the coming auto show season. What do you think we're looking at here? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo Source: CarPix

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