Ever wondered what a pure-electric Mercedes-Benz S-Class of the future might look like? Well, it will be lit, literally.
No, we're not pulling your leg. One look at the newly revealed Vision EQS Concept, and you can say it is quite a light show with all the LED lights that surround the car both inside and out. Sure, it may not resemble anything like the current S-Class we have today, but Mercedes does call it “A trailblazer for the entire Mercedes-Benz EQ family.”
Starting with the design, the Vision EQS features a swept back design somewhat reminiscent of the older CLS. As mentioned earlier, it's most prominent feature would have to be the numerous LED lights all over the body. Upfront, it features a digital grill that is composed of 940 individual LEDs on 188 circuit boards in a black panel. The grill is flanked by new 'digital light' headlights which give it a floating 3D effect. At the rear, there are more LED s, 229 individual stars specifically. Together, they form a shape similar to the current S-Class Coupe. A 'lightbelt' then joins the front lights to the rear, wrapping all around the car.
Inside the Vision EQS, there are more LED lights paired with a luxurious cabin. According to the automaker, the interior design takes inspiration from the world of luxury yachts hence the flat floor and four-seat layout. In front of the driver sits a functional dashboard complete with driving controls; no full autonomous driving here. Large touchscreen displays can be seen all around from the doors to the center console controls. The touchscreen cabin is said to be a future evolution of Mercedes' MBUX system, allowing everything to be accessed from one screen.
Much like other models from the Mercedes-Benz's EQ Lineup, the Vision EQS will be fully electric. Powering the future electric S-Class is a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving it a 700 km range. A 350kW fast charger can recharge the battery to 80% in just 20 minutes. Driving the concept forward is a pair of electric motors (one on the front and the other on the rear) which produce a combined output of 469 horsepower. This is enough to propel the Vision EQS from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds.
There's no word yet on when the production model EQS will debut. That said, do expect the production version to be more toned down with fewer LEDs. It also shows that S-Class will be here to stay even if the automotive world shifts into a purely electric future.