The photo (above) was released overnight, as Australians were welcoming in the New Year, on the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page.
Posted with the caption, "The future will be bolder than you’ve ever imagined #mbCES", Mercedes-Benz offered up no solid details about the vehicle. That said, the car is widely expected to be a self-driving vehicle.
A mystery vehicle very similar in overall shape was spotted in October under a heavy camouflage tarpaulin. That car featured short front and rear overhangs, thin wheels and prominent, almost free-floating, fenders.
When taken in combination with the vehicle's teardrop shape, these clues hint that the CES concept may feature an electric drivetrain of some description.
The concept car is likely to build upon the technology that we first experienced earlier in 2014 in the S500 Intelligent Drive. With a 360-degree stereoscopic camera system, radars at the front and rear, and a boot-load of computing power, the S500 Intelligent Drive was able to autonomously retrace the 100km route taken by Bertha Benz in the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1888.
Also demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz in 2014 was the Future Truck 2025 concept, which was able to pilot itself along a stretch of German autobahn.