Mercedes EQS Is Here To Show Tesla What Electric Luxury Sedans Should Be Like

If you wanted to know what luxury cars will look like in the future, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is here to answer such questions with its simple yet progressive styling, not to mention a properly tech-laden interior.

The Vision EQS is also fully electric, featuring a 100 kWh battery and a total output of approximately 350 kW (476 PS / 470 HP). On paper, it can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds, will max out somewhere above 200 km/h (124 mph), and features a range of up to 700 km (435 miles).

Progressive luxury

Daimler went with a flowing yet powerful sculpted exterior, with a continuous “lightbelt” structure that makes the overall design appear seamless. The German automaker calls the Vision EQS “sensuously elegant and dramatically charged,” and regardless of what we may think of its appearance, it is certainly one of the most interesting-looking vehicles at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Exterior features include the Digital Light headlights, each boasting two holographic lens modules, integrated into the previously-mentioned lightbelt – this allows for an almost unlimited number of light variations that preview what future Mercedes models will be like in terms of light configurations.

The rear end is particularly innovative with 229 illuminated individual stars, while the front grille houses a light matrix consisting of 188 individual LEDs, able to create a three-dimensional effect.

Inside, the concept takes its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts, which is why the entire dashboard can be seen blending with the body of the front trim section, while the entire cockpit looks to envelop its occupants like the deck of a boat – this type of design philosophy will also make it inside future Mercedes-Benz luxury saloons.

In terms of materials, the show car comes with high-quality crystal white DINAMICA microfiber, used alongside native figured maple trim made from recycled PET bottles. Artificial leather is also present, featuring a finely structured surface that’s said to be similar to nappa leather. Meanwhile, the roof lining is comprised of a high-quality textile created from recycled “ocean waste” plastic.

Then there’s the onboard tech – specifically, the advanced MBUX system. Inside the Vision EQS, digital content can be experienced by immersing yourself within the entire surface of the cockpit. Organically emerging displays and projection surfaces provide you with plenty of viewing spaces, as does the intelligent CONNECTED LIGHT that shines around the occupants.

Other interior features include the air vents being integrated into the trim elements like inlays, the rose gold speaker covers and the jewel-like fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder.

What about performance?

The Vision EQS Concept comes with electric motors both at the front and the rear, which together with its floor-integrated battery help create an electric all-wheel drive system with axle-variable torque distribution. The vehicle’s system output is somewhere north of 350 kW (476 PS / 470 HP), to go with around 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of instant torque. It’s enough so as to propel the concept from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of more than 200 km/h (124 mph).

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Straight line performance aside, the Vision EQS also boats an operating range of up to 700 km (435 miles) by WLTP standards. The showcar will also recharge its battery to 80% in “considerably less than 20 minutes” – assuming you’re using a 350 kW charger.

“With the Vision EQS technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is opting for a completely new, fully-variable battery-electric drive platform. This is in many respects scalable and usable on a cross-model basis: thanks to the modern modular system, the wheelbase and track, as well as all other system components, and especially the battery, are variable and therefore suitable for a wide range of different vehicle concepts,” stated the automaker.

As for what it can do in terms of driver assistance, the Vision EQS show car is equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving tech, which is aimed at longer motorway journeys. However, thanks to its modular sensor systems, the level of autonomy can be extended up to fully-automated in the future.

 

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Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops | Mercedes

  • Knotmyrealname

    Eh? Different market.

  • jfalckt

    That really is impressively good looking and well balanced

  • Bash

    I do expect all Tesla fan to slam that 4.5s 0-100 time, but other than that, yes, Tesla should take serious notes, from this and the Taycan. God the competition is good!

    • Toronado_II

      Tesla should reply with a flagship car, higher than the Model S because they will lose that segment now…

      • Bash

        Very true.

      • Yavor

        You mean like a new roadster that is coming out next year? Probably way before Mercedes…

        • Toronado_II

          No, a sedan.

          • Yavor

            Well they have had several refreshes since launch in 2012. But I agree, it’s time for MS v2 as well

    • Yavor

      4.5s is pretty bad for an electric flagship, don’t you think?

      • Bash

        I agree. I’m really thinking something is wrong about that figure. It doesn’t add up. Unless there is some sort of other driving mode that you can engage to unleash the (madness) and slash that number in half!

  • Ermal Morina

    It does look very beautiful indeed

    • Yavor

      Are we looking at the same car? Basic concept, nothing amazing, half the car will not even look like this in production.

  • SD38439

    I like it, but I still think it would look better as a BMW.

  • Maykel

    Tron

  • Mike anonymous

    My Hat goes off to Mercedes Benz for this concept. It is a concept very much in tune with ‘design by nature’ philosophy & an updated take on the ‘organic-design’ that was highly popular from 1997 to about 2012 (primarily in the 2000s’ & also around 2006/2008-2011). (Less So retro and 1970s’ – 1980s’ cyber-punk-like (not that that’s a bad thing), But it’s nice to see something relatively different.).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/698a8ea7eb56aae0345ac20132a7bb367ab2d150b3977ff31d612a7819beab31.png

    This in my honest opinion is the nicest concept vehicle from Mercedes Benz (not simply from aesthetic-design, but also including a great use of interior spacing, considering the overall size of the vehicle) since the; Mercedes-Benz F125 Concept of 2011 (shown below).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c27cfad118e9c352d59af52648ac0f20df089c169f99eba023e1b7588e05f3f.png

    I am not sure how well this will translate into production (as that has yet to be seen or revealed at this time), but as far as a conceptual vehicle goes, this (to me at least) is quite possibly one of the nicest crafts-of-work in the area of conceptual vehicles, Mercedes Benz have create this decade.

    P.S. I am also a fan of the dual tone paint choice on the vehicle, as it reminds me a bit of the Maybach vehicles of the early to late 2000s’.

    • Ermal Morina

      “quite possibly one of the nicest crafts-of-work in the area of conceptual vehicles, Mercedes Benz have create this decade” I may have to agree with you on this, it does look apart this thing for sure.

    • Ben

      Always a good read, Mike anonymous.

  • Giziclown

    It looks Kodo from the sides, Mercedes steals design clues from Mazda, as Bugatti with its SUV concept, it’s a shame.

    • Matt

      What Bugatti SUV concept?

      • Giziclown

        Spartacus

        • Matt

          As Ivko said, Spartacus is not an official Bugatti design.

  • Ary Wisesa

    This is beautiful. After seeing BMW 4 Concept with that horrible grille, looking at this beauty somehow brings a little peace of mind, knowing that there’s some designer at Mercedes who still designs a nice sedan.

  • Romain AA

    This is so well proportioned, a very elegant and beautiful design. Bravo Mercedes!
    Note the driver display located above the steering wheel. After the Lotus Evija, seems like other manufacturers might join Peugeot on that stand.

    The only doubt I have here is the blue lit “grille” with the oversize lit star. Looks already outdated to me and somewhat tacky.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks very pricey, maybe same range of the Taycan $160-$240K! Tesla Model S is the low price BEV now! Musk got to have the last laugh, when he finally releases a new Model S.

  • Judik

    More than 400 miles?! If the production version comes close to that, it will be impressive

  • This is absolutely stunning and cannot wait for when 80% of these features dissapear in the production car.

  • Stephen G

    Gee, maybe what MB has recently learned about luxury with this concept should be applied to something they produce. It could could lead to people that know something about cars actually buying a MB.

  • DetrinKD

    Looks pretty good. Luxurious yet futuristic in a good way. But the paint job on the model on the show floor is cringeworthy!

  • man

    The Germans have come to play.

    • Yavor

      With a concept… still barely catching up to Tesla.

  • Dennis James

    In the mean time, BMW keeps enlarging grilles to “catch up with the competition”.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      It’s not necessarily Tesla principles, but more so principles of minimizing the drag coefficient.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Stunning. Full stop. No one else in the industry is outdoing Mercedes currently.

    • Giziclown

      Only Mazda.

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        Ooooh. For the dollar…I agree. Mazda is putting out solid products. Can’t wait to see the next 6 and CX-9.

  • PK

    Mercedes Benz bringing out the best of their product as always! <3 Keep it going!!!!

  • Jason Panamera

    There is something wrong in this video…

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Whoooooah

  • B.Stokes

    My problem with this design is it only looks great with humongous wheels. As soon as you slap regular size rims on this it looks terrible

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    It’s a concept so don’t expect the production version to be as good! EQ GLC is all I gotta say.

  • Giziclown

    The logo was, wasn’t it?

  • OS

    we all know the production version will look nothing like this..

  • WHAT ARE THOSE 30″ WHEELS? IMPRESSIVE RANGE, PROBABLY EVEN BETTER IF YOU TURN OFF THE LIGHT SHOW.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t know if this is my best of show, but it certainly is up there.

  • enthusia

    Seems like most people are absolutely smitten by this thing. I mean it’s nice, but just looking at what will be stripped off and toned down if it ever reaches production, I’m not seeing much that would threaten the model S or even the Taycan. And just looking at it from a pure concept point, it’s decent, but it is nowhere near as gorgeous as the Mercedes Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept. It’s just….. okay…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Agreed, pretty slick as a concept car but might be dull in production form.

  • HardWir3d

    lol… what do you know about design? This is a gorgeous “Concept”… coming from an industrial designer.

  • TheBelltower

    So basically a car that’s the shape of a Model S, a minimal interior like the Model S that’s been blinged-out, two tone paint and a grille. Gotcha. So instead of waiting for a car from Mercedes that will likely never arrive, just buy the same car made by a different automaker that’s available today.

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