Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient EQS previews flagship electrical sedan

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Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the Imaginative and prescient EQS on the Frankfurt Worldwide Motor Present. The automobile is an idea that previews a big electrical sedan to take a seat alongside the flagship S-Class within the automaker’s lineup.

Mercedes execs have hinted on the EQS beginning manufacturing in 2020, which implies we’ll probably see it arrive in showrooms as a 2021 mannequin. It can goal high-end variations of the Tesla Mannequin S and to a lesser diploma the smaller, sportier Porsche Taycan.

The Imaginative and prescient EQS is believed to carefully resemble the manufacturing mannequin. The design is characterised by a smooth, coupe-like profile coupled with a low, hunkered-down stance. It appears to be like muscular within the pictures and much more so in actual life.

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy pictures – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

From our spy pictures of EQS prototypes, we all know the manufacturing mannequin will get conventional facet mirrors as a substitute of the camera-based system proven on the idea. We additionally count on the manufacturing mannequin to skip the idea’s digital “grille.” Enclosed inside this glass construction are 188 particular person LEDs that resemble free-floating stars within the form of the Mercedes emblem.

The innards of the Imaginative and prescient EQS are decidedly futuristic, with a wrap-around sprint design that flows from the entrance of the automobile all the way in which to the again, making a divider for the automobile’s four-seat cabin. There’s additionally a big show display within the middle stack, a pair extra screens built-in into the entrance armrests, and an oblong steering wheel.

The idea, and the manufacturing mannequin it can spawn, rides on a brand new devoted EV platform from Mercedes, code-named MEA2 (MEA1 is discovered within the 2020 EQC electrical SUV and is derived from Mercedes’ MHA platform for SUVs just like the GLC and GLE). The good thing about the devoted EV platform is the low packaging necessities for the powertrain in comparison with a traditional internal-combustion automobile design. The result’s a sedan with the footprint of a mid-size automobile however the house of a full-sizer.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept

Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient EQS idea

The extremely modular design of the platform means the wheelbase and monitor, in addition to all different system parts, and particularly the battery, will be modified to go well with varied physique kinds. The development options a mixture of aluminum, carbon fiber and metal to assist meet weight and rigidity necessities. The ground-mounted battery additionally varieties a part of the construction making it very inflexible, which has allowed for the removing of the B-pillar on the idea. Sadly, this design trait will not make manufacturing, judging by the prototypes.

Within the idea, electrical motors function on the entrance and rear axles to kind an all-wheel-drive system. Peak output is 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, which is sufficient for 0-60 mph acceleration in beneath 4.5 seconds. Prime pace is restricted to 125 mph.

The lithium-ion battery has a capability of roughly 100 kilowatt-hours which Mercedes stated will allow a variety approaching 435 miles on the WLTP cycle. An EPA-rated vary could be decrease, although nonetheless needs to be increased than 300 miles. On the most charging fee of 350 kilowatts, Mercedes stated house owners may count on an 80-percent cost in lower than 20 minutes.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept

Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient EQS idea

It would not be a contemporary idea with out some self-driving factor. Mercedes stated the Imaginative and prescient EQS is fitted with an SAE Degree three self-driving system, that means it may deal with some conditions by itself however requires the driving force to be able to take over at a second’s discover. Just like the platform, Mercedes is growing its self-driving expertise to be modular in order that sensors and software program will be upgraded because the expertise advances.

Mercedes can be utilizing the Frankfurt auto present for the debut of the EQV, an electrical model of the V-Class minivan. Whereas the V-Class is offered in the USA because the Metris industrial van, the electrical EQV model is not anticipated right here.

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