Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the Vision EQS at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The car is a concept that previews a large electric sedan to sit alongside the flagship S-Class in the automaker’s lineup.
So far, the EQ models and concepts in the Mercedes lineup have been practical people movers shaped like crossovers. The EQS is different. It’s overtly sporting and hints at the future design direction of the brand. Doesn’t nearly every concept hint at the future of design? Well, apparently, so does this one. More specifically, it gives us a look at what a fully electric S-class might be like. EQ is what Mercedes-Benz is calling its EV lineup and the S, the S here is the same as it is in S-class. It’s the flagship, the large sedan.
In the cabin, Mercedes has taken inspiration from yachts with a dashboard that blends into the body, enveloping passengers like the deck of a boat. As you’d expect from the S-Class of electric vehicles, the interior is made from exquisite materials but unlike an S-Class, the EQS uses an assortment of sustainable materials such as crystal white Dinamica microfiber, recycled bottles, and artificial leather.
The front end also includes new digital light headlamps with two holographic lens modules, which preview future light configurations from Mercedes. 229 illuminated, individual stars light up the rear end while the front end contains 188 individual LEDs and an illuminated three-point star.
Mercedes-Benz says the EQS can cruise for up to 435 miles on a single charge. Its electric motors deliver 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, enabling a launch to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes is also using the Frankfurt auto show for the debut of the EQV, an electric version of the V-Class minivan. While the V-Class is sold in the United States as the Metris commercial van, the electric EQV version isn’t expected here.