The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is officially out, and it’s lighting up the show in Frankfurt. This concept car is a design that hopefully ends up being a production unit in the near future. It would be great to drive as it lights up the road. Sightings have been reported on a variation of the EQS on the roads, tipping off that something is in the works.
Mercedes-Benz designed an impressive vehicle with a 100 kWh battery pack, giving the Vision EQS a 435-mile range on a full charge, using the WLTP standards. It has dual electric motors, one on the front axle and the other on the rear. The dual motors produce a combined 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The Vision EQS can do 0 to 60 in under 4.5 seconds with a top speed of about 124 mph. The car is capable of fast charging at 350 kW, giving it a 0 to 80 percent charge in under twenty minutes. Mercedes has created an impressive vehicle.
The striking design of the Vision EQS looks the same in the front and back from the profile. It’s called a stretch “one bow” design creating a seamless look. The bright headlining features are the 940 individual LEDs on the black panel grille. In addition to that, there are 229 individual LED stars on the rear and a “lightbelt” joint the front lights to the rear. The lights wrap around the entirety of the car, but the party trick is they are all Digital Light headlights. Each unit has four holographic lens modules that rotate at over 2,000 rom giving the human eye a perception of a static image. The holographic modules produce images of things that appear to float in space. The lights can be used for communication with other drivers on the road via an image that can be conceptualized. The Debbie Downer: the headlights will probably never be approved in the United States due to strict regulating agencies.
Technical features include the 24-inch multi-spoke wheels, which forms a jewel-like counter piece to the flowing body lines of the Vision EQS. The interior continues the theme with more lights, but aesthetically it’s beautiful, taking design pointers from luxury yachts. The entire dashboard blends with the body of the front trim section to form an interior sculpture. With its deep and open spatial design, the cockpit of the vehicle feels like the deck of a boat. It has Mercedes Level 3 autonomy built in, but is designed to still give the driver complete control. The Vision EQS uses an infotainment system that demonstrates the future of the MBUX system. Mercedes opted for sustainability with crystal-white DINAMICA microfiber on the seats contrasting with rose-gold colored highlights seams, plus the contrasting diamond pattern. The floor areas and door centers are bright white. Artificial leather is used at the side sills to extend the flow of the design.
There is no clear information on when the world will see a production variation available. However, the German automaker knows how to turn on the lights with technologically inspired dramatics. The vehicle definitely sets the tone for a milestone moving forward for Mercedes-Benz.