10.9.2019Mercedes showcases Vision EQS
Mercedes Benz has unveiled the Vision EQS at the Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing what is expected to become the electric version of the flagship S-Class.
With the all-electric EQ range confirmed to expand, this Vision EQS is still a concept, but with a number of hints at a production version down the line. Mercedes itself describes the concept as a 'trailblazer for the entire Mercedes-Benz EQ family'. Add in the fact that Jaguar's replacement XJ rival will be all-electric too, and the Vision EQS is looking increasingly likely to become simply the EQS.
Expect the yacht-themed styling to be toned down a little; made a little more 'normal', as designers can get away with certain ideas in concepts that simply aren't allowed on production models. The prominent 'grille' mirrors that of the currently available EQC SUV though, and a sleek saloon shape would both help attract buyers and aid aerodynamics.
Under the skin of the concept is a powertrain that puts out around 350 kW and 760 Nm of torque. A battery of around 100 kWh gives a range of up to 435 miles on a charge, and the battery can be topped up at maximum speed via a 350 kW CCS ultra-rapid charger. These figures are rather vague because that's how Mercedes has announced them - this is a concept after all.
Advanced driver assist systems are fitted to the Vision EQS, though Mercedes expects that 'individual driving pleasure will continue to be desirable in the future'. A high-tech cabin incorporates recycled materials from ocean waste, wood is locally sourced from German forests, and batteries are sourced from CO2-neutral manufacturers, reducing the overall CO2 impact. Mercedes says the Vision EQS is the 'first milestone on the way to a CO2-neutral mobility of the future'.