Have you ever wished your golf cart came slathered with carbon fiber, wood trim, and an integrated touchscreen? We'd be willing to bet the thought never crossed your mind. Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, has apparently been up at all hours of the night, wringing its hands, trying to reinvent the golf car. Now, three years after the idea of a Mercedes cart was presented to both Mercedes and golf fans, the German automaker pulled the covers off a concept showcasing the future of golf carts.
The cart is the result of a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz designers, a business division of Daimler, and most importantly, Garia. Garia has already forged a name for itself as the purveyor of luxury-focused carts, so a partnership with one of the biggest names in German luxury is a no-brainer.
Mercedes and Garia went to excessive lengths to ensure the so-called "Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car" departs from the top-heavy, unwieldy appearance of a regular cart, and instead appears as "sporty" as possible. In this pursuit, the cart wears a low-slung profile, with a curvaceous, sculpted body.
Up top, the thin roof is carbon fiber, as is the rear bumper diffuser. An integrated "spoiler" jutting out from the rear decklid features the all-important attachments for two golf bags. Up front, a Smart-esque fascia wears golf ball dimples, to "make the vehicle's purpose clear."
Inside is where Mercedes really struts its stuff. As you'd might imagine, it's chock-full of luxurious features. The regular straight-edge bench seat is replaced with a curved bench, hiding a refrigerated compartment beneath. Forget the plastic-fantastic dash of the regular carts; the Merc's interior features extensive use of carbon fiber, blending 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 enjoy being disrespectful to other players, Bluetooth connectivity is integrated with the large LCD touchpad infotainment system. In addition to blasting the best soft rock you can muster, the touchpad also allows you to access vehicle information, scorecard, course map, range, and parking brake status. The cart has up to 50 miles of range, and is governed by a top speed of 19 mph.
If you want one, you'd better let Garia know. As of right now, just two will be built, both as public show vehicles. Garia will gauge customer reaction and plan accordingly.