MERCEDES’ NEW CHARGE

THIS ISN’T THE NEW S-CLASS. But importantly, the production version of the Mercedes Vision EQS concept (first shown at Frankfurt) will sit alongside the flagship sedan as an alternative in the future.

With all the forward-thinking electric technology crammed within the minimalist lines of the Mercedes Vision EQS, the design as a whole is a paradigm shift for the German marque. The interior and exterior design stretches the envelope, but a production version of this concept is coming.

While the EQS features the obligatory big wheels and aerodynamic proportions, the finer details reveal 229 individually illuminated stars to create a light bar at the rear and 188 individual LEDs at the front to form a 3D effect.

Inside, the Vision EQS gains the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) and the dashboard is clutter free and heavily touchscreen based, one sans buttons and dials.

The range is a claimed 700km (in WLTP testing) and its tailpipe emissions are zero. Charging, based on 350kWh capabilities, is rapid, with 80 percent capacity achievable in “considerably less than 20 minutes”.

While the EQS isn’t quite going to rival a go-fast Tesla or the box-fresh Porsche Taycan to 100km/h, Mercedes claims it will reach the marker in less than 4.5 seconds before going on to a top speed of more than 200km/h.

It achieves this pace via electric motors on the front and rear axles. Combined, the power output is 350kW, which is backed up by a significant 760Nm of torque from zero rpm. With axle-variable torque distribution and a low centre of gravity, the EQS isn’t all about going fast in a straight line.

The Vision EQS meets Level 3 autonomy standards, meaning it can complete short highway journeys without needing inputs from a driver. The concept’s structure is made with a mix of steel, aluminium and carbonfibre as well as “sustainable material made from recyclates”.