Mercedes is about to redefine luxury electric cars.
In just a few weeks, Mercedes will redefine luxury electric cars with the EQS, the electric equivalent to the flagship S-Class sedan. The covers are coming off on April 15, but before then Mercedes has treated us to a tour of the insanely opulent, technologically advanced interior.
As standard, the EQS comes equipped with the same portrait touchscreen as the S-Class running the latest MBUX infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster, but the cabin's party piece is the optional Hyperscreen. Measuring 55.5 inches wide, the Hyperscreen combines a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a central 17.7-inch screen for the infotainment system, and a 12.3-inch screen for the front passenger into one seamless, ultra-wide OLED screen under a glass cover that spans almost the entire width of the dashboard.
Surrounding the massive Hyperscreen is a thin leather and silver frame. Two turbine-style air vents are also integrated into the Hyperscreen, merging the digital interface with analog controls. Since there's no transmission tunnel, the front of the center console, which features a cover made of real wood, merges with the freestanding digital instrument cluster.
Without the Hyperscreen equipped, the center console has a different design incorporating an armrest in the rear section. Two head-up displays are also available in different sizes with augmented-reality technology that projects 3D elements such as navigation information onto the windshield. Comfort seats are offered as standard with wrap-around surfaces in the side bolsters offering supreme support and comfort, while the AMG Line interior features sport seats. Eight color combinations are available for the interior.
Thanks to its "zero-layer" design, Mercedes' latest MBUX system eliminates the need to scroll through submenus or give voice commands as key applications are always accessible at the top of the screen. An AI system can also make suggestions based on the driver's habits. For example, if someone routinely calls a particular friend at a certain time of the week, the system will ask if they want to call them on the same day of the week at a specific time. It can also make recommendations for cabin temperature and comfort settings if the user regularly uses massage functions and seat heating.
Up to 350 sensors monitor the electric sedan's functions and surroundings by measuring distances, speeds and accelerations, lighting conditions, temperatures, and even the driver's eyelid movements.
As you'd expect for an electric luxury sedan, the EQS is eerily quiet, but Mercedes offers three optional interior driving sounds when the 15-speaker Burmester surround sound system is equipped: Silver Waves, Vivid Flux, and Roaring Pulse. Mercedes describes the Silver Waves driving sound as "sensuous and clean", while Vivid Flux is "crystalline, synthetic yet humanly warm."
Available as an over-the-air update, Roaring Pulse is aimed at enthusiasts and provides a more aggressive soundtrack mimicking a powerful sports car that is "sonorous and extroverted." Other optional equipment includes an Energizing Air Control Plus package that includes an air filtration system that can remove over 99.65 percent of harmful particles to improve the cabin air quality. If the driver needs a break during a long journey, a new "Power Nap" program closes the roller blind of the optional panoramic sliding sunroof, moves the driver's seat into the rest position, adjusts the ambient lighting and air conditioning, and plays soothing sounds.
"At Mercedes, we are striving for nothing less than leadership in the field of electric mobility and digitization through an intelligent platform strategy and a software-based approach. The new EQS shows: we are following our own Mercedes path by offering customers a highly efficient, electric and luxurious experience with our electric vehicles," said Markus Schafer, COO of Mercedes-Benz.
"With our EQS, we have created a completely new, future generation of luxury cars. Based on our style of sensual purity, we create desire by combining a beautifully seductive sculpture with the most progressive proportion. Key features such as the 'one-bow' design and a holistically integrated, highly reduced and seamless styling gives the EQS its sporty and progressive look. That's what sets it apart from any other vehicle we have ever created - that's what makes our EQS so extraordinary."
Mercedes isn't ready to show the exterior yet but has confirmed the aerodynamic exterior boasts a drag co-efficient starting from 0.20, the lowest of any production vehicle. As we've seen in official teaser photos and spy shots, the EQS has a coupe-style silhouette with frameless doors, a low front end, and a sloping roofline. Flush doors and a lack of creases contribute to the clean design. The Mercedes EQS will launch in Europe this August.