Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS: The show car of the future

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Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS: The show car of the future-vision

At the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt (12. until 22. September 2019) Mercedes-Benz shows the challenges of the future: Sustainability is becoming a central part of the brand philosophy and an essential aspect of the corporate strategy. The Vision EQS show car already meets these requirements today and provides an outlook on future large electric luxury sedans, according to Daimler in a press release.

In doing so, it places a vision of electro-purpose design. With the Vision EQS, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement for the continued existence of high-quality vehicles and self-determined driving. Technical perfection, emotional design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will remain desirable in the future. Because the luxury idea is today and in the future above all for personal freedom.

Seamless, digital and electrical – the design

With its innovative, stretched “One Bow” proportion, the Vision EQs performs the design philosophy “Progressive Luxury” of the EQ Vehicles of Mercedes-Benz in a new dimension. The flowing and at the same time powerful sculpture of the exterior design gives the showcar its majestic appearance – luxurious generosity and aerodynamic aesthetics in ideal harmony.

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The significantly circulating light band (“lightbelt”) structures the exterior in a novel way. The resulting color separation in the shoulder area generates the impression of a “Black Panel” glass landscape floating on the silver vehicle body – a “seamless” connected vehicle surface from the striking EQ front mask to the rear. With this design, the Vision EQS appears sensually elegant and at the same time exciting in an innovative way, according to Daimler.

Technical jewels – precision in detail

The headlights, each with two holographic lens modules, are integrated into the 360-degree exterior light band and are technologically pioneering. They not only give the vehicle the confident look that is typical of a Mercedes, but also enable an almost unlimited number of display options that provide an outlook on future light shows from Mercedes-Benz.

The brand logo also has new tasks: 229 glowing individual stars form the seamlessly integrated rear light strip and let the brand star shine in a previously unknown way.

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With the Vision EQS, the interaction between the vehicle and the environment is not just limited to the lights. The digital front grille, which is the world’s first to be implemented with a light matrix consisting of 188 individual LEDs, offers a new level of precise signalling. When the black panel comes to life, the seemingly weightless stars and pixels create a fascinating, three-dimensional depth effect.

Atmospheric generosity in the interior

In the interior, the Vision EQS draws its inspiration from the world of luxurious yachts. A new sense of serenity is achieved through a clear and flowing design language – and with it the vision of a modern understanding of luxury in the future.

For the first time, the entire instrument panel merges with the body of the front trim to form an interior sculpture. With its deep and open spatial architecture, the cockpit of the Vision EQS now flows around the occupants like a boat deck. The coherent, embracing overall sculpture consisting of the combined instrument panel, center console and armrests floats above the spacious interior and for the first time provides a glimpse of the interior of the brand’s future luxury sedans.

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The choice of materials in the interior of the show car also creates a special ambience. Mercedes-Benz has consistently further developed the use of sustainable materials and uses both traditional and technologically pioneering materials. In addition to the local curly maple wood, a high-quality microfibre in crystal white is used. It is made from recycled PET bottles. There is also artificial leather with a fine, technical surface that resembles nappa leather. The material on the headlining comes from a special project: high-quality textile is created by adding proportions of recycled “ocean waste” plastic waste, thus taking the use of sustainable materials to a new level.

Intuitive interaction – the Advanced MBUX

The Vision EQS shows a large-scale interior sculpture as the stage of the future: digital content can be experienced across the entire surface, creating a holistic atmosphere. The merging of material and information underlines a possible intuitive interaction of the future.

Organically growing displays and projection surfaces serve as display areas, as does the intelligent CONNECTED LIGHT, which spatially surrounds the occupants. Tactile highlights such as the air vents inlaid in the trim level, the elaborately designed loudspeaker covers and the fragrance bottle, which is set like a jewel in a decorative clasp, complete the pioneering interior of the Vision EQS and demonstrate the highest level of craftsmanship.

Into a fully electric future with Mercedes-Benz EQ Performance

With its electric motors on the front and rear axles and a battery integrated into the vehicle floor, the Vision EQS embodies a very balanced vehicle concept. The basis for high driving dynamics and safety is the electric all-wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution and the battery installed deep in the vehicle floor between the axles. Thanks to more than 350 kW of power and instantaneously available torque of approx. With 760 Newton meters, the Vision EQS accelerates from 0-100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds.

But not only the driving dynamics are impressive, the energy efficiency also sets standards, according to Daimler. Thanks to an intelligent operating strategy, the show car has a comfortable range of up to 700 km according to WLTP. With an assumed charging capacity of 350 kW, the show car recharges the battery to 80 percent in significantly less than 20 minutes.

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With the Vision EQS technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is relying on a completely new, fully variable battery-electric drive platform. This is scalable in many respects and can be used across all models: wheelbase and track width as well as all other system components, especially the batteries, are variable thanks to the modular system and are therefore suitable for a wide variety of vehicle concepts. In addition to internal development and production expertise, Mercedes-Benz also benefits from the group- and model-series module strategy for alternative drives and direct access to key components for electromobility. For example, the highly efficient lithium-ion battery comes from the Daimler subsidiary Accumotive.

Similar to modern production models from Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle structure is based on an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminum and carbon and sustainable materials made from recyclates. In this way, the requirements for lightweight construction, stability, cost efficiency and sustainability are optimally met.

The Vision EQS also makes a clear statement for the continued existence of self-driving vehicles. In addition, the show car shows the bandwidth of the platform with its clear focus on the driver. Mercedes-Benz will continue to be able to fulfill the desire for individual mobility and inspiring driving behavior in the future. The Vision EQS show car supports the driver with highly automated level 3 driving, for example on long motorway journeys. Thanks to the modularity of the sensors, the level of autonomy can be expanded in the future up to fully automated driving.

Mercedes me Charge for sustainability in the now

Mercedes-Benz is aiming for a CO2-neutral new vehicle fleet in 20 years. This means a fundamental change of the company in less than three product cycles. The way to sustainable mobility is therefore innovation – in a holistic approach. It is intended to get customers excited about climate-neutral mobility and emission-free driving.

Depending on how it is generated, electricity is a very significant source of CO2 in the life cycle of an electric car in some regions. It is therefore the aim of Mercedes-Benz to inspire customers to charge their vehicles with green electricity. Solutions such as Mercedes me Charge, for example, enable drivers to charge their vehicles conveniently at many different public stations in Europe, using energy from renewable sources wherever possible.

With Ionity, a joint venture between the automobile manufacturers BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, Mercedes-Benz also offers its customers convenient access to a powerful fast-charging infrastructure along major European traffic routes. More than 100 of the 400 charging parks planned in Europe by 2020 are already in operation.

The sustainable business strategy of Daimler AG

For Daimler, sustainability means creating lasting value for all stakeholders: customers, employees, investors, business partners and society as a whole. The basis for this is Daimler’s sustainable corporate strategy. In this, the company assumes responsibility for the economic, ecological and social impact of its business activities and keeps an eye on the entire value chain.

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