The F 700 is the world's first car that can anticipatively recognise the condition of the road and level out the uneven spots with its active Pre-scan suspension, further improving suspension comfort substantially. The forward pointing Diesotto drive system introduced in the F 700, a four-cylinder with a displacement of only 1.8 litres, combines the strong points of a low emission petrol engine with the consumption benefits of a diesel drive.
This is made possible by a forward looking drive concept, the heart of which is the "Diesotto" technology - an advancement of the internal combustion engine thought up by Mercedes-Benz. With its novel Controlled Auto Ignition (CAI), direct fuel injection and turbocharging, it combines the high power of the spark ignition engine with the
exemplary torque and great fuel economy of a diesel. The drive system in the F 700, as four-cylinder featuring two-stage charging, attains the performance level of a current S-Class car with either a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine or 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel.
The F 700 also sets standards in regard to road roar, tyre vibration and suspension comfort. With two laser scanners the active PRE-SCAN suspension scans the roadway in front of the car. The hydraulically controlled active suspension proactively compensates for detected hindrances, enabling a further improvement in comfort characteristics.