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This Futuristic Mercedes Concept Has The Power To Transform

In other words, it is nowhere near ready for production.

Vans aren't really treated as hot news here on CarBuzz, but Mercedes has been on a roll lately with exciting reveals like the all-electric eSprinter van and the interesting RWD-based Metris van. Even aftermarket tuning companies like Lexani have taken Mercedes vans and transformed them into badass off-road monsters. Mercedes clearly sees vans as a significant part of its future and has now revealed a new concept to showcase how it sees the future of van technology.

It's called the Vision Urbanetic, and it was built to show off Mercedes' vision of a self-driving autonomous pod. The idea of an autonomous pod isn't exactly new, as companies like Volkswagen are already working to put them into production. This Mercedes concept is a bit different because it has the unique ability to transform with new bodies to suit different purposes. This is similar to a recent patent filing by General Motors for a transforming car, but the Vision Urbanetic handles its transformations a bit differently.

Essentially, the base vehicle is a floorplan with batteries, much like the underpinnings of a Tesla. The base can then accept different bodies that can be interchanged within a few minutes to carry out various tasks. For example, the body for hauling cargo does not feature any windows and maximizes space, while a different body can seat up to 12 people comfortably. The idea is incredibly cool but too farfetched to ever reach production anytime soon. This is purely a concept, and a concept only.

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