Mercedes-Benz is popping electrical and the flagship S-Class limousine is popping electrical with it, with the Imaginative and prescient EQS idea giving a powerful trace about the way it’s going to get there.
The Imaginative and prescient EQS, proven at Frankfurt for the primary time, combines two electrical motors to ship all-wheel drive, together with a wholly new design language and Benz’s first full, devoted electric-car structure.
It’s an underbody platform that can underpin a complete vary of future Mercedes-Benz electrical vehicles, from premium sedans concerning the measurement of the C and E Courses to SUVs, however it would seem first within the manufacturing EQS in 2022.
The Imaginative and prescient EQS idea, displaying what Benz’s design chief calls “one bow” floor language, will probably be primarily based off a close to production-ready skateboard structure that can underpin the premium vary of Benz’s future electrical vehicles.
The Imaginative and prescient EQS has its battery deep in its flooring and its two motors delivering 350kW of energy and round 760Nm of “out there” torque, together with a prime pace of past 200km/h.
Regardless of its apparent heft, Benz claims the EQS can flit to 100km/h in four.5 seconds, even because it stretches out to a 700km vary on the powerful, new WLTP energy-consumption check.
It’s able to recharging 80 % of the battery in 20 minutes on a 350kW charging station, too, with the lithium-ion batteries sourced from Benz’s in-house battery maker, Accumotive.
Benz has pitched it as extra of a driver-oriented automotive than a self-driving pioneer, although the idea is absolutely Degree three succesful for freeway driving.
No flashy showcar, the EQS is predicated round a mixture of high-strength steels, aluminium and carbon-fibre, and in addition contains recycled plastics.
It is going to be the most recent in a brief line of Benz electrical vehicles, which started in earnest with the EQC crossover. The EQC is, in reality, a hybrid automotive, with the electrical powertrain stuffed into an structure bred for each inside combustion and hybrid powertrains.
It’ll take the EQS manufacturing automotive to ship the primary fully-fledged, devoted EV structure for Mercedes, although it additionally has an EQB and the van-based EQV within the pipeline.
Moreover “one bow”, the EQS has attracted buzz phrases like “progressive luxurious”, “flowing but highly effective”, “luxurious generosity”, “aerodynamic magnificence in very best concord”, “sensually elegant”, “dramatically charged” and “lightbelt” from Daimler’s spectacular dictionary of designer converse.
“With the Imaginative and prescient EQS know-how platform, Mercedes-Benz is choosing a totally new, fully-variable battery-electric drive platform,” Mercedes-Benz stated in a press release, confirming the EQS was constructed on a future manufacturing platform.
“That is in lots of respects scalable and usable on a cross-model foundation: because of the fashionable modular system, the wheelbase and monitor, in addition to all different system elements, and particularly the battery, are variable and subsequently appropriate for a variety of various car ideas.”
Its inside is massive and white, with a dashboard panelled in wooden that harks to luxurious picket lake boats.
Every headlight hosts a pair of holographic lens modules that be a part of up with the remainder of the sunshine structure to offer the EQS a 360-degree gentle signature.
Identical to they do on the present Mercedes-AMG System 1 automotive, there are a whole lot (properly, 229) of little three-pointed stars that gentle up as a part of the rear taillight and brake gentle system.
The absolutely digital entrance grille, seen earlier than in Imaginative and prescient electrical Mercedes-Benzes, has 188 particular person LEDs to ship exact signalling to different vehicles and pedestrians. It’s designed to look free-floating and three dimensional.
The Imaginative and prescient EQS additionally introduces Benz’s new person interface system inside what it calls its “massive inside sculpture” stuffed with related gentle that surrounds the occupants and haptic air vents.
Its dashboard extends to affix the principle physique of the entrance trim, whereas the seats are sculpted closely and clearly and are coated in a microfiber constructed from recycled PET bottles. Even the roofliner comes from recycled ocean-waste plastic.