Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS: slinky concept could preview all-electric S-Class

Published: 11 September 2019

► Vision EQS previews all-electric luxury car
► Cab-forward design, yacht-like interior
► 0-62mph in 4.5sec, 435mi range claimed

The 2019 Frankfurt motor show saw the debut of several small, affordable EVs - but over on the Mercedes-Benz stand, the all-electric revolution took the form of the stunning Vision EQS Concept. 

It's the most compelling look we've had yet at a future electric S-Class, but more importantly it marks the first use of a new EV platform that the brand will roll out to production models in the near future.

It doesn’t look like an S-Class…

That’s largely due to the skateboard-like electric platform that Mercedes is debuting underneath the Vision EQS. Having a flat base on which to work on frees up space and gives designers more opportunities to play with proportions a little more than with an ICE car.

Mercedes EQS concept at the Frankfurt motor show 2019 - front view

Its cab-forward design is mated with a glitzy blue LED-stricken ‘grille’ arrangement, creaseless body panels and rear lights that are blended into the metalwork. As is the way with Merc’s EQ concepts, blue and copper feature heavily in the trim detailing. The two-tone paintwork is much like Maybach cars such as the S650 Pullman.

The Vision EQS is also made up of a mix of materials; steel, aluminium, carbonfibre and recycled materials all play a part here.

What about inside?

It’s very yacht-like in here. There’s a huge bow line that continues across the whole width of the car and the sloping, lined dashboard veneer is not dissimilar to that of Riva speedboats. Rose gold trim is seen throughout.

Mercedes EQS concept interior

See that angled central screen? That will become part of the next-generation S-Class – we’ve seen spy shots of a test mule with a similar arrangement. For the EQS concept, the display controls most functions of the car. Two side displays in the doors use Mercedes’ Me personalisation to tailor the display to each occupant.

Any concrete numbers?

Numbers? Yes. Concrete? Not so much. Along with the Vision EQS using an all-new electric platform that will underpin many of its future EVs to come, the brand has provided us with some rough performance, range and battery figures.

Mercedes says the EQS uses a battery pack (from Daimler’s Accumotive subsidiary) capable of around 100kWh, with a total power output from motors on the front and rear axles (for variable all-wheel drive) of around 469bhp and 561lb ft. Mercedes claims the Vison EQS is capable of a 0-62mph sprint in under 4.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 124mph.

Mercedes EQS concept tracking

As for range, the EQS concept car is capable of up to 435 miles on one charge and an optimistic 350kW charging output, allowing for 80% charge in ‘considerably less than 20 minutes.’

While these are estimates, you can expect similar figures from the production car expected from 2022.

Wait, there’s a production one?

Coming soon, yes. As part of Mercedes’ plan to unveil 130 electrified cars by 2030, the EQS flagship will be the biggest and most expensive of 10 full-electric models coming in the first half of the next decade.

The EQS production car will sit alongside an EQA hatch, EQB and EQC SUVs (the latter we’ve already driven), an EQE saloon and full-size EQG 4x4 in Mercedes’ battle for premium EV domination. Key rivals for the EQS include Audi’s next-generation long-wheelbase A8 e-Tron from 2021 and the forthcoming electric BMW 7-series.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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