Have you ever wished you could purchase a golf cart that came loaded with wood trim, carbon fiber, and an incorporated touchscreen? We’d be willing to bet the idea never crossed your mind. Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, has actually been up at all hours of the night, wringing its hands, trying to reinvent the traditional golf cart. Now, 3 years after the concept of a Mercedes cart presented to both Mercedes and golf fans, the German car manufacturer pulled the covers off an idea showcasing the future of golf carts.
The cart is the result of a cooperation between a business division of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz designers and most significantly, Garia. Garia has already forged a name for itself as the purveyor of luxury-focused carts, so a partnership with one of the greatest names in German high-end is a no-brainer.
Garia and Mercedes went to extreme lengths to guarantee the so-called “Mercedes-Benz Design Edition Garia Golf Car” leavings from the top-heavy, unwieldy appearance of a routine cart, and instead appears as “stylish” as possible. In this pursuit, the cart wears a low-slung profile, with a curvaceous, sculpted body.
Up top, the thin roofing is carbon fiber, as is the rear bumper diffuser. An incorporated “spoiler” jutting out from the rear decklid features the necessary attachments for two golf bags. In advance, a Smart-esque fascia wears golf ball dimples, to “make the lorry’s purpose clear.”
Inside is where Mercedes truly struts its stuff. As you would imagine, it’s chock-full of elegant features. The regular straight-edge bench seat is replaced with a curved bench, hiding a cooled compartment underneath. Forget the plastic-fantastic dash of the routine carts; the Merc’s interior features extensive usage of carbon fiber, mixing well with the metal and wood-trimmed surfaces. Underneath the dash, the Mercedes-Benz Garia holds six golf balls in a neat little row, while “bottle holders” flank each side of the binnacle.
For those who delight in being rude to other players, Bluetooth connection is incorporated with the big LCD touchpad infotainment system. In addition to blasting the very best soft rock you can summon, the touchpad also allows you to gain access to vehicle details, course map, scorecard, range, and parking brake status. The cart has up to 50 miles of range, and is governed by a top speed of 19 miles per hour.
If you want one, you’d much better let Best Golf Cars know. As of right now, only two will be built, both as public show vehicles. Garia will evaluate customer response and strategy accordingly.
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