By on July 13, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Cart, Image: Daimler

Some eight years after the now-defunct Motive Magazine put a Smart ForTwo to work on an urban golf course, Mercedes is finally catching up to support its customers’ favorite pastime.

Revealed yesterday, the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car isn’t just a glitzed up golf cart made to look like a miniature GLE Coupe. Instead, it’s the product of a competition started in 2013 to build the best golf cart or nothing.

In true Mercedes-Benz fashion, the three-pointed-star automaker dropped a 16-page press release to promote its new golf cart, which is a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz designers, Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation and golf-cart manufacturer Garia.

According to the release, “In 2013, Mercedes-Benz called upon golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. While golf has developed into a premium sport with a modern face, golf carts have remained almost unchanged for decades.”

Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car, Image: Daimler

The Mercedes-Benz golf cart isn’t just an overly designed fairway runabout.

The showcar brings with it a design reminiscent of a baseball cap (because we know how well that analogy went last time) with features unique to the golf cart industry. A carbon fibre roof that keeps the cart’s center of gravity low, a refrigerator under its lounge-style seat, and many bottle holders for your Michelob Ultra. Drivers can operate the cart’s vehicle dynamics functions (yes, it has a ‘sport’ mode) through a large 10.1-inch touchscreen, which also doubles as a digital scorecard. Bringing it all together are 14-inch wheels, which Mercedes states give the cart the “dynamism for which Mercedes-Benz passenger cars are known,” and a carbon fiber rear diffuser to make sure you don’t tip this real sportscar in those high-speed golf-cart-path sweepers.

The electric cart has a maximum output (during electric overboost) of 11 kilowatts (14.75 horsepower) and a range of 80 kilometers (50 miles).

There are no plans to offer the Garia next to ForTwos on the right side of Mercedes-Benz showrooms.

[Images: Daimler]

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