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The covers are coming off Mercedes' new flagship sedan in 2020.

2020 will be a landmark year for Mercedes-Benz. Starting at $67,900, the Mercedes EQC will arrive in dealers in early 2020 as a rival to the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, and Jaguar I-Pace. After that, Mercedes will reveal the new entry-level EQA in 2020, which will be the electric equivalent of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. Mercedes is also developing the EQS, which will act as the S-Class-style flagship sedan of the EQ family. Think of it as Mercedes' answer to the Porsche Taycan.

After revealing the Vision EQS Concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show back in September, Mercedes has given us a first glimpse of the production EQS in a new teaser photo.

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In an announcement detailing how Mercedes' headlight technology has evolved since the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car, the teaser photo seemingly shows the final production Mercedes EQS hiding under a sheet alongside other models such as the new A-Class.

It's hard to make out any of the design details as the car is completely covered up, but the sheet is illuminated by the car's bright LED headlights. The photo also confirms the covers will come off the EQS sometime in 2020, so it will most likely debut at either the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March or the 2020 Paris Auto Show in September.

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One of the Vision EQS Concept's main highlights was its new digital light headlamps with two holographic lens modules. At the front are 188 individual LEDs and an illuminated three-point star, while 229 illuminated, individual stars light up the rear end. Chances are this lighting technology will carry over to the production EQS.

Mercedes hasn't confirmed any powertrain details for the production EQS, but the Vision EQS Concept could give us some clues. Two electric motors, with one at each axle, produce more than 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, enabling the electric sedan to achieve 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and achieve an WLTP-estimated range of 435 miles. With a 350-kW charger, the Vision EQS can be recharged up to 80 percent in just 20 minutes.

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