The Mercedes-Benz brand of luxury driving is moving to the golf course. It’s called the Garia Golf Car. That’s car, not .
“As a real sports car, the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car authentically transfers the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz automobile design idiom of sensual purity to a premium-class golf cart,” the automaker said.
The cart is the result of cooperation between Mercedes-Benz designers, and golf cart manufacturer Garia.
Gorden Wagener, head of design at Daimler AG boasted “We have reinvented the world of the golf cart with our Mercedes-Benz Golf Car. Mercedes-Benz stands for modern luxury, and golf is an authentic part of that theme.”
In 2013, Mercedes-Benz asked golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future.
The best submissions in the design competition were the inspiration for the development of the new Golf Car under the Mercedes-Benz Style label.
Golf cart manufacturer Garia contributed the technical basis for the development of the Golf Car.
The driver and passenger have a view through a large, curved windscreen.
The carbon-fibre roof is different in colour and form from the base vehicle.
The automaker said that with its short front and rear overhangs, it resembles a sporty baseball cap. The effect is to make the vehicle look low and more sporty.
The sporty impression is heightened by a small rear spoiler, which acts as a golf bag holder that can hold two golf bags slanted rearwards.
This slanted position allows golf clubs to be conveniently taken out and replaced.
“A carbon-fibre diffuser rounds off the lower rear end as a lighthearted reference to the vehicle’s character as a real sports car,” said the automaker.
Other features include a fridge under the bench seat, a stowage tray under the dashboard for golf balls aligned in a row, bottle holders on the instrument panel support and on the passenger side provide space for glasses and bottles.
An integrated onboard touchpad with a screen diagonal of 10.1 inches and a high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels shows vehicle information in the smaller, upper area – for example the remaining range, vehicle speed, current power consumption or parking brake status.
Many functions such as driving mode sport or eco, headlights, windscreen heater, wipers can be controlled at the touch of a finger.
On the large screen area beneath this, golfers can see the layout of the golf course and their current position, or an electronic scorecard.
A hands-free system with Bluetooth connection and hi-fi speakers integrated into the rear roof frame strut ensure that even on the fairway, the occupants are connected and able to listen to music from their smartphone.
Golfers can take a look at a weather app or order refreshments for delivery to the green.
“In technical terms, the Golf Car has unique features which even make approval for on-road use possible in the USA. To this end it is equipped with all the necessary features such as direction indicators, headlamps and rear lights,” the automaker said.
A double wishbone suspension typical of sports cars ensures comfortable driving characteristics and light, precise handling on all surfaces.
The electric motor has an output of three kilowatts, but can also make up to eleven kilowatts available for short periods. This is enough to give the 440-kilogram vehicle with its permissible payload of up to 460 kilograms sporty acceleration, with a governed top speed of 30 km/h with a range of up to 80 km.
The charging time for the lithium-ion battery is six hours.
The Garia is destined for Canadian golf courses but details about price and availability are still to come.