Automakers can't stop rolling out electric cars. If anything, it's a race to see who will be the first to make the transition to electric power. It isn't clear who is leading right now, but a lot of them are making a lot of noise. One of them is Mercedes-Benz.
Not content with one or two electric cars, they rolled out another one. It's called the EQS, and it's their flagship plug-in vehicle. You can think of it as an electrified S-Class, but that description oversimplifies the EQS. With its exterior design, Mercedes-Benz is adamant that this is more than an S-Class with batteries.
From its sloped hood to its flowing roofline, the EQS is a stark contrast to the S-Class's long hood and upright stance. The reason for that is to keep wind resistance down to boost range. And because it doesn't have an engine, Mercedes-Benz adapted a cab-forward principle to the EQS. Not only does it make this luxury EV appear more imposing, but it also frees up space inside.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz takes the term glass cockpit to a new level when it comes to cars. The entire dashboard fascia is a touchscreen. The German automaker claims it's the biggest ever fitted to a production car, and we're not about to challenge that. Called the MBUX Hyperscreen, it makes use of three OLED screens – one for the driver, one for the front passenger, and the central media display.
The driver's side display can show the gauges, the navigation system, multi-information menus, points of interest, and a 3D driver display. And if that's not enough, there is even a heads-up display for good measure. As for the center screen, it serves as the media center. It can show navigation, Bluetooth, music, phone, and even HVAC controls. But what about the front passenger display? According to Mercedes-Benz, the smallest screen can show entertainment options.
As for the rest of the interior, it's what you expect from a flagship luxury sedan. There are acres of wood, aluminum, and leather trimmings all over the cabin. The design aims to cocoon all its occupants with its wraparound theme. Last but not least, the ambient lighting enhances the mood inside.
Mercedes-Benz claims they are the first in the full-size luxury sedan class to offer electric power. There are no specifics for now, but there are three power outputs available. The entry-level model packs 245 kW, while a higher-spec version puts out 385 kW. In layman's terms, that's 333 PS and 523 PS. If that's not enough, they are also planning a 560 kW (761 PS) version.