Mercedes-Benz is just starting out with its new EQ lineup, and so far, only one car has been announced, the Vision EQS. But if this new concept is any indication, there’s every reason to be excited about the new direction Mercedes is heading.
The EQS was unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and it comes with the heavy burden of developing the “thrilling, futuristic design for EQ models from Mercedes-Benz.” Getting that design down right, with the traditional luxury of a Mercedes, had the German auto manufacturer consulting yachts. According to Mercedes-Benz, the way in which the Vision EQS “draws its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts” is in part accomplished by the “deep and open spatial architecture” found on the deck of a boat is present in the car’s interior. Said interior uses a lot of recycled plastics thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s new approach that “systematically developed the use of sustainable materials.” Specifically, the interior is decked out in a leather alternative made from plastic bottles. The roof liner is made from a “high-quality textile that was created by adding a quantity of recycled ‘ocean waste’ plastic.” The wood trim is harvested from a specific German forest that uses conservation principles to minimize its carbon footprint. The only thing that doesn’t exactly use a conservation-friendly approach is the rose gold accents, which are exactly that—rose gold.
As for performance, the EQS is built on Mercedes-Benz’s “fully-variable battery-electric drive platform,” which, the company claims, is “scalable and usable on a cross-model basis.” That drive platform is capable of “more than 469 horsepower” and is powered by a 100kWh battery pack that is capable of a 700 kilometer range. Mercedes claims that the battery cells for the battery pack are made using nothing but renewable sources. With 560 lb-ft of torque, the EQS can go from 0 to 60 in under 4.5 seconds. Not a speedster by any definition of the term, but considering how much the Mercedes-Benz is doing for the environment with the Vision EQS, this car is a clear winner.