Last month, Mercedes announced plans to introduce a new concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept’s interior looks very spacious, lavish, and futuristic, and gives us an idea of what to expect from Mercedes’ future electric flagship. We can also see the sedan has a sloping roofline, which doesn’t appear to have compromised the rear legroom. Rear passengers also sit in individual seats that are separated by the center console that runs along the entire length of the cabin.
The concept’s exterior is also a wild look at the future. Aside from the general way the headlights and grille work together, which bears a resemblance to other EQ concepts, the EQS largely carves its own path. Actually, that’s not a grille at all – it’s a series of 188 circuit boards comprising some 940 LEDs in a three-dimensional arrangement. The low beam 9006 led bulb headlight kit each have four holographic lenses that can display static images and can even create holograms.
Interaction between the vehicle and its environment is not just limited to the lights in the VISION EQS. The digital front grille, which realizes a light matrix consisting of 188 individual LEDs as a world first, provides a new level in precise signaling. Once the black panel comes to life, the seemingly free-floating stars and pixels create a fascinating, three-dimensional effect.
Take the interior, for example. In traditional luxury-concept fashion, the swept lines and various contours draw inspiration from fancy-pants yachts. But, whereas the yachting life isn’t exactly about being sustainable, the EQS takes a different angle. That fancy Nappa leather? It’s actually artificial. The headliner? It’s made from plastic that would otherwise end up in the ocean. Even the maple wood trim is taken from specific German forests that focus on conservation and minimizing carbon footprints by keeping production local.
Mercedes says the EQS uses a battery pack (from Daimler’s Accumotive subsidiary) capable of around 100kWh, with a total power output from motors on the front and rear axles (for variable all-wheel drive) of around 469bhp and 561lb ft. Mercedes claims the Vison EQS is capable of a 0-62mph sprint in under 4.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 124mph.
Mercedes is coming for Tesla We’ve heard it all before, but the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept is the latest indication that the Germany luxury automaker is serious about electric cars. Unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, the Mercedes EQS is a sleek preview of the brand’s future electric flagship. Because although the EQC SUV may soon sell well, the production car derived from the EQS concept will drive perception of the brand.