And the future looks great!
Mercedes-Benz chose to begin its electric onslaught with a mid-size SUV, the EQC, which looks like a solid first entrant for the company's upcoming line of EQ-badged electric vehicles. But in Mercedes nomenclature, 'E' play second fiddle to 'S' in the lineup, meaning a more impressive EQ model was likely on the way. Mercedes teased us with a glimpse of its upcoming flagship electric car and now it has been revealed in concept form at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Introducing the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, the S-Class of electric cars. This show car is meant to address the challenges of the future with a focus on sustainability, eventually shaping the future of Mercedes design and engineering. As visions into the future go, this one is rather beautiful.
Mercedes says the Vision EQS uses a stretched "one bow" design language which gives off a majestic and aerodynamic elegance. The final design likely won't end up looking exactly like this but Mercedes wants this concept to preview its future large, electric luxury sedans. With no need for a typical grille, the Mercedes designers were left to experiment with a new light-up design which looks stunning at night along with the sleek, two-tone bodywork.
The front end also includes new digital light headlamps with two holographic lens modules, which preview future light configurations from Mercedes. 229 illuminated, individual stars light up the rear end while the front end contains 188 individual LEDs and an illuminated three-point star.
In the cabin, Mercedes has taken inspiration from yachts with a dashboard that blends into the body, enveloping passengers like the deck of a boat. As you'd expect from the S-Class of electric vehicles, the interior is made from exquisite materials but unlike an S-Class, the EQS uses an assortment of sustainable materials such as crystal white Dinamica microfiber, recycled bottles, and artificial leather.
Propelling the Vision EQS are two electric motors, one at each axle, powered by a battery integrated into the floor. Together the motors combine to produce more than 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 mph run of 4.5 seconds and a WLTP-estimated range of 435 miles. Assuming you can find a 350 kW charger, Mercedes says the car can be recharged up to 80 percent in just 20 minutes. There is no timetable of when a production version will be built but it should be a strong potential rival for the Tesla Model S and the new Porsche Taycan.