New Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept is 470bhp luxury EV

Daniel Fowler
September 11, 2019

Powered by two electric motors spread across both axles for four-wheel drive, the Vision EQS has a combined output of around 470bhp and 560lb ft of torque. The showcar will also recharge its battery to 80% in "considerably less than 20 minutes" - assuming you're using a 350 kW charger. Cloaked in a visually stunning body created from carbon fibre, extreme levels of technology and functional design define the PF0, delivering a staggering performance for a road auto: a stated ambition to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in less than two seconds, break the 400 kmph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero-emissions range of over 500 km. Inside the Vision EQS, digital content can be experienced by immersing yourself within the entire surface of the cockpit. That much was made clear with the unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing a new flagship electric sedan.

The Mercedes Vision EQS is the vehicle of the future, but not a distant one at that. What's notable is that none of these materials are outlandish or impractical: Mercedes could, if it (and its customers) wanted to, start implementing them in production cars fairly quickly.

And although the vehicle is driver-focused, the company claims it'll have Level 3 driving autonomy - which, again, means very little in the context of a concept auto, but it least it doesn't sound unattainable given the current level of progress when it comes to self-driving cars. The model literally and figuratively light up the road with an illuminated grille, which houses 940 individual LEDs, and a continuous 360-degree illuminated strip of blue that contrasts with two- black/silver finish on the car's body.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS electric automobile at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS electric automobile at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

As we saw in preview images last week, the spacious, airy interior - said to be inspired by luxury yachts - features four large, ornate seats upholstered in white Dinamica microfibre and finely-textured faux leather, bisected by a large centre console. Artificial leather is also present, featuring a finely structured surface that's said to be similar to nappa leather. So, quicker than you can take biobreak and buy beef jerky.

Not a single knob in sight. This is made from recycled PET bottles, according to Mercedes-Benz. In addition to looking cool, it has some impressive specs. And the plastic, while fancy, is actually recycled.

Inside, the Mercedes Vision EQS adopts a conceptual layout blendid with functionality. The vehicle maker launched its first electric crossover, the EQC, in May, and it said it plans to bring 10 all-electric cars to market by 2022.

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