Poland-based startup Varsovia has revealed its range-extended plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept, which promises to “broaden the definition of a luxury vehicle”.
Varsovia Motor Co – named after the Polish capital of Warsaw – pitches the new sedan as a “mobile office”, featuring two 19-inch transparent displays, a built-in computer and advanced information system.
The Varsovia concept can also pair with all the mobile and computer devices on board, along with access to satellite internet.
Adding to the mobile office layout is the missing front passenger seat, making the Varsovia sedan a three seater.
Inside, the Varsovia concept features an “interactive spa” system.
The seats – which feature an array of elements and sensors – are heated and cooled, massaging and can even measure the passenger’s pulse.
Using sensors and a camera, the Varsovia can detect the passenger’s mood and selects music, lighting and firmness of the seat accordingly, making it the first vehicle in history that can automatically adapt to a passenger’s mood.
The aforementioned twin 19-inch displays also fold into the roof and act as a ‘Virtual Sky’ when not in use – not dissimilar to the ‘star headlining’ seen in Rolls-Royce models.
Other features include a 12-speaker sound system, antiseptic materials and hydrophobic surfaces, while the entire interior is made out of natural wood, leather, aluminium, silver and mineral rocks.
Outside, the Varsovia features diamond-patterned metal work on the front and doors – inspired by Sawa, a legendary mermaid depicted on the company’s coat of arms – while the overall design is reminiscent of the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf limousine.
While it looks like a two-door coupe, there are actually four doors.
Under the skin, the Varsovia concept employs a range-extended hybrid drivetrain, with the small combustion engine working as a generator similar to the setup used in the BMW i3.
On battery power alone, the sedan has a claimed range of 350 kilometres, extending to 850km with the range extender.
The company estimates the circa-two-tonne sedan will accelerate from 0-100km/h in “significantly under five seconds”.
A full-size prototype will be presented “during one of (the) international car shows”, though the specific event is unknown.
Varsovia is planning low-volume production after 2018, with a maximum of 50 units per annum.
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