Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car

Golf carts exist because some people are too lazy to walk a course's eighteen holes. Quite a few of them probably drive a Mercedes-Benz, so it seems appropriate that their favourite car brand has collaborated with Garia to develop a vehicle for the fairways.

Officially named the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car, this new creation is – for now at least – just a concept which explores some design ideas. A pilot production phase might follow in the future, though.

Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car Concept (2016) Front Side

Actually, the short overhangs, upright proportions, two-seat layout and front-end styling mean the end result resembles a rehashed Smart fortwo. Nevertheless, the Golf Car is being described (somewhat jokingly) as “a real sports car”.

Five-spoke wheels, front disc brakes, double-wishbone suspension and even a carbon fibre rear diffuser are fitted, but performance isn't a priority. Although a 3 kW (4 horsepower) electric motor can provide 11 kW (15 horsepower) in short bursts, top speed is limited to 19 mph (30 km/h). A lithium-ion battery offers a range of up to 50 miles (80 kilometres).

To avoid any possibility of dehydration during a round of golf, there's an under-seat refrigerator plus several bottle and glass holders. However, other players are unlikely to be impressed by the Bluetooth connectivity and integrated speakers, which allow music to be streamed from a smartphone.

Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car Concept (2016) Rear Side

A 10.1” colour touchpad is part of the specification too. As well as being an interface to control various functions, it can display a course map and an electronic scorecard. Further luxury features include leather upholstery and wood trim.

As an added bonus, Mercedes-Benz and Garia are saying that their Golf Car could be street-legal in the United States, thanks to components such as a pair of LED headlights.

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