Mercedes Teases IAA Concept For Frankfurt

Posted on Sep 14 2015 - 6:11am by Mary Mohler

Mercedes-Benz is being coy about the IAA Concept you see above. The Germany automaker admits its name is short for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, but isn’t letting out much more. In a very short statement, Mercedes describes the IAA as “two cars in one: an aerodynamics world champion and a four-door coupé embodying irresistible design.”

Mercedes teases

Does that mean the IAA points the way forward for the next version of the brand’s shapely CLS, which it also refers to as a four-door coupe? Probably, but we’re not sure where the “Intelligent” part comes in. Will it be an electric machine that presages a competitor to the Tesla Model S? We’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing is for certain: The Mercedes IAA looks sleek. While the details of its design are shrouded in strategically placed shadows, we can clearly see a double-bubble roofline that flows seamlessly into a graceful hatch that reminds us of the Audi A7, which isn’t a bad design to borrow cues from.

The overall shape of the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile makes it look like bodywork shrink-wrapped atop the chassis as tightly as possible. We’re keen to take a look at the IAA ourselves, and that’s going to happen rather soon. Mercedes promises a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the early afternoon (Eastern). Stay tuned.