Frankfurt Motor Show: Mercedes Vision EQS Unveiled; Previews The Electric S-Class

The electric cars are here. Now how about selling them

The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, a new concept auto unveiled on Tuesday at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, is the company's idea of what a luxury electric sedan should look like. It provides a foretaste of what the carmaker claims will be its most advanced production model when it sees its market debut in 2021.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled a one-seater Vision EQ Silver Arrow show auto that has a body made of carbon fibre, is powered by a rechargeable battery with a usable capacity of 80 kWh and has a calculated range of over 400 km.

It is the equivalent of a future electric S-Class sedan. The EQS also forms the basis of an even more luxurious Maybach model that is meant to take on an upcoming EV being developed by Rolls-Royce. This is made from recycled PET bottles, according to Mercedes-Benz. "Over and above this, we shall electrify the entire Mercedes-Benz portfolio and thus offer our customers at least one electrified alternative in every Mercedes-Benz model series - over 50 in all". Inside the Vision EQS, digital content can be experienced by immersing yourself within the entire surface of the cockpit. This is sufficient to allow the auto to accelerate from standstill to 100kph in a claimed 4.5sec and reach a top speed of more than 200kph. Range could clock in at up to 435 miles on the WLTP cycle, meanwhile, with an 80-percent charge in under 20 minutes on a 350 kW charger.

Stylistically, the Vision EQS follows the lead of the EQC with an exterior that has fuller forms and smoother surfacing than those of current combustion-engined models. Each of those get a pair of holographic lens modules, while the fascia itself incorporates 229 individually-illuminated stars. But the main talking point is the grille that consists of 188 individual LEDs at the black panel section, along with digital headlights that lends a 3D effect to the front area.

Mercedes-Benz did not share a timeline for launching the actual EQS, that is, the auto that will be based on this concept.

As we saw in preview images last week, the spacious, airy interior - said to be inspired by luxury yachts - features four large, ornate seats upholstered in white Dinamica microfibre and finely-textured faux leather, bisected by a large centre console. The cabin also previews a version of the MBUX infotainment system that will find its way into future Mercedes. Only time will tell whether most of the tech in the concept auto is carried forward to future models, but we can safely say that Mercedes-Benz is looking good for the future. This includes an artificial leather said to emulate genuine Nappa, and headlining crafted from plastic waste found in the ocean.



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