The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Concept has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, offering a glimpse into how the brand will challenge cars like the Porsche Taycan.
As a large electric luxury sedan, the EQS illustrates the direction Mercedes-Benz is aiming for in the quest for high-quality self-determined driving. It’s not much of a stretch for the Concept to evolve into a future S-Class.
The exterior of the Vision EQS features a stretched "one bow" proportion with a “flowing yet powerful sculptured effect”. A highlight of the design is the ‘lightbelt’ which creates a colour division at shoulder level with the impression of a "black panel" glass landscape floating on the silver vehicle body.
Also featured are digital light headlamps which employ two holographic lens modules each which are integrated into the continuous 360-degree exterior lightbelt. An almost unlimited number of light variations can be created. The brand logo is also created in light with 229 illuminated, individual stars seamlessly integrated into the lightbelt at the rear allowing the logo to literally shine.
Another exterior highlight is the digital front grille which uses a light matrix with 188 individual LEDs to provide a new method of signalling.
Internally, the Vision EQS is said to be inspired by luxury yachts. The entire dashboard flows seamlessly into the body of the front trim section integrating the dashboard, centre console and armrests which envelops the occupants “like the deck of a boat”.
Mercedes-Benz is keen to point out the sustainable interior materials of the show car that includes Dinamica microfiber in crystal white contrasted by native figured maple trim which is made from recycled PET bottles. Other materials include artificial leather whilst the roof liner uses a material created in part from recycled ‘ocean waste’ plastic.
Other interior features include air vents integrated into the trim element like inlays, the sophisticated speaker covers in rosé gold and the fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder like a jewel.
Powering the Vision EQS are electric motors at the front and rear axles with the battery integrated into the floor. Outputs from the system are suggested to be “more than 350 kW” and torque of “around 760Nm”. The 0-100km/h dash is said to take 4.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 200km/h.
Mercedes-Benz also quotes a driving range of up to 700km (WLTP). The show car’s battery can also be recharged to 80 per cent in less than 20 minutes.
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