Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS show car

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS 2019

Lasting beauty that moves: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS: A trailblazer for the entire Mercedes-Benz EQ family. The study provides an outlook on a new dimension in sustainable luxury.

Moving people: Mercedes-Benz stands for mobility and progress. The Vision EQS show car points the way to the future of Mercedes-Benz. Because two things are timeless: the need for transportation and the desire for the exceptional.

 

Rousing enthusiasm: The VISION EQS creates a connection between rationality and emotion. It presents a thrilling, futuristic design for EQ models from Mercedes-Benz. Its “one bow” proportion and dramatic fluidity are stylistic heralds of a new generation of electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Experiencing the future: The generous spaciousness and new control concept of the Vision EQS show car provides a physical preview of the intuitive and digital interior along with the Advanced MBUX for future luxury sedans. A clear, flowing design idiom makes the individual parts of the entire dashboard blend into an integrated interior sculpture.

Technology taken further: In a sustainable future, our customers will want a sedan that fits their needs in regards to comfort, design and technology. The VISION EQS combines these in a concept for a fully-electric vehicle in the luxury segment.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS show car

Lasting beauty that moves.

The Vision EQS, a milestone on the way to the future of Mercedes-Benz. At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz will address the challenges of the future with a focus on sustainability, in relation to it becoming a central component of the brand philosophy, and a major aspect of our corporate strategy. The show car is able to meet these aspirations today while providing a new outlook for future large, electric luxury sedans, and illustrating a vision of purpose-built electro-design. With the Vision EQS, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement for the continued future of high- quality vehicles and self-determined driving. Supreme craftsmanship, emotive design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will continue to be sought after. Now and in the future, luxury above all stands for personal freedom.

Seamless, digital and electric – the design

With its innovative, stretched “one bow” proportion, the VISION EQS takes the Progressive Luxury design philosophy of the EQ models by Mercedes-Benz into a new dimension. The flowing yet powerful sculptured effect of the exterior design gives the show car its majestic appearance – luxurious generosity and aerodynamic elegance working together in harmony.

The prominent “lightbelt” structures the exterior in a new way. The resulting color division at shoulder level creates the impression of a “black panel” glass landscape floating on the silver vehicle body – resulting in a seamlessly connected vehicle surface from the striking EQ front grille to the rear.

In an innovative way, the VISION EQS appears both sensuously elegant and dramatically charged with this design.

Technical gems – precision in detail

Technologically, futuristic features include the DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps, each with two holographic lens modules, integrated into the continuous 360-degree exterior lightbelt. These not only lend the vehicle its serene gaze, but also allow an almost unlimited number of light variations that provide a preview for future light configurations by Mercedes-Benz.

The brand logo has also taken on new tasks: 229 illuminated, individual stars form the seamlessly integrated lightbelt at the rear, allowing the brand’s logo to shine in a new way.

 

Interaction between the vehicle and its environment is not limited to the lights on the VISION EQS. The world first digital front grille, contains a light matrix consisting of

188 individual LEDs that provides a new level in precise signaling. Once the black panel comes to life, the seemingly free-floating stars and pixels create a fascinating, three- dimensional effect.

Atmospheric generosity in the interior

For the interior, the VISION EQS draws its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts. The clear, flowing design idiom creates a new level of serenity – and with it the vision of modern luxury is interpreted into the future.

For the first time the entire dashboard blends 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 envelops the occupants, similar to the deck of a boat. The fully integrated overall sculpture consists of the combined dashboard, center console and armrests that float above the generous interior. The VISION EQS interior design provides a glimpse into the interiors of future luxury sedans by the brand.

The choice of materials for the interior of the show car ensures a special ambience. Mercedes-Benz has systematically developed the use of sustainable materials, using both traditional and technologically advanced materials. High-quality DINAMICA microfiber in crystal white made from recycled PET bottles is used alongside native figured maple trim. Additionally, the interior utilizes artificial leather with a finely structured surface similar to nappa leather. The material used for the roof liner comes from a special project: a high-quality textile that was created by adding a quantity of recycled “ocean waste” plastic, taking the use of sustainable materials to a whole new level.

Intuitive Interaction – Advanced MBUX

The VISION EQS presents a large interior sculpture as a stage for the future: digital content can be experienced by immersion over the entire surface, creating an all- embracing atmosphere. The blending of materials and information illustrates a possible intuitive interaction in the future.

The organically emerging displays and projection surfaces provide display space, along with the intelligent CONNECTED LIGHT that surrounds the occupants. Haptic highlights such as the air vents integrated into the trim element like inlays, the sophisticated speaker covers in rosé gold and the fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder like a jewel showcase exquisite craftsmanship and round out the trendsetting interior of the VISION EQS.

Into a fully-electric future with Mercedes-Benz EQ Performance

With electric motors at the front and rear axles and the battery integrated into the vehicle floor, the VISION EQS represents a very well-balanced vehicle concept. The basis for dynamic high-level performance and safety comes courtesy of the electric all- wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution and a battery installed deep in the vehicle floor between the axles. Thanks to more than 469 hp of output and immediately available torque of around 560 lb-ft, the VISION EQS accelerates from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds.

 

In addition to the impressive performance, the outstanding energy efficiency is setting a new standard. Thanks to an intelligent operating strategy, the show car has a comfortable operating range of up to 700 km (est. 435 mi) according to WLTP.

Assuming a charging performance of 350 kW, the show car recharges the battery to 80% in less than 20 minutes.

“With the Vision EQS technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is opting for a completely new, fully-variable battery-electric drive platform. This is in many respects scalable and usable on a cross-model basis: thanks to the modern modular system, the wheelbase and track, as well as all other system components, and especially the battery, are variable and therefore suitable for a wide range of different vehicle concepts. As well as from in-house development and production expertise, Mercedes-Benz benefits from a group and model series-wide modular strategy for alternative drive systems, and direct access to key components for e-mobility. For example, the highly-efficient lithium-ion battery comes from the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE.

As is the case with modern series production models by Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle structure is based on an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, along with sustainable materials made from recyclates. This optimally meets the requirements with respect to lightweight design, strength, cost efficiency and sustainability.

The VISION EQS makes a clear statement for the continuation of driver-controlled vehicles. To this end the show car demonstrates the bandwidth of the platform with its clear focus on the driver. Mercedes-Benz will also be in a position to fulfil the desire for individual mobility and thrilling handling characteristics in the future. At the same time the Vision EQS show car supports the driver with highly-automated driving at Level 3, e.g. on longer highway journeys. Thanks to the modular sensor systems, the level of autonomy can be extended up to fully-automated driving in the future.

Technical data:

CO2 emissions 0 g/mi
Range (WLTP) up to 700 km. (est. 435 mi)
Output approx. 469 hp
Acceleration (0-60 mph) < 4.5 seconds
Top speed > 124 mph
Peak torque approx. 560 lb-ft
Battery capacity approx. 100 kWh
Charging output (DC) 350 kW
Drive system All-wheel drive (fully variable)

Mercedes me Charge for sustainability here and now

Mercedes-Benz is aspiring to a CO2-neutral new car fleet in 20 years. This means a fundamental transformation of the company in less than three product cycles. The way towards sustainable mobility is therefore innovation – with a comprehensive approach. The aim is to rouse customer enthusiasm for climate-neutral mobility and emission-free driving.

In some regions, and depending on how it is generated, electric power is a very significant source of CO2 over the life cycle of an electric car. Accordingly Mercedes-Benz seeks to encourage customers to charge their cars with “green” energy. Solutions such as Mercedes me Charge make it possible for car drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles at many different public charging stations in Europe, wherever possible with energy from renewable sources.

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

Our driving force

The Vision EQS show car as a milestone in a new era for the automobile

Everything is in a constant state of change. It has always been so, as mobility requires technical progress. “First move the world” is therefore the deeper purpose of our work at Mercedes-Benz, and our motivation. It means pursuing more than what is immediately attainable. This pioneering spirit is part of the brand’s DNA. Which also makes it a cornerstone of the new, sustainable business strategy.

The Vision EQS show car is an outlook on the future of Mercedes-Benz. Because two things are timeless: the need for mobility and the desire for luxury. Along with an inner uncertainty about what will come next.

The VISION EQS is a first milestone on the way to a CO2-neutral mobility of the future. Mercedes-Benz has always stood for technical innovation, responsibility and fascination. And sustainability is now another integral component of the brand philosophy. The show car already meets these aspirations today, and gives an outlook on the future, large electric sedans by the brand.

With the show car, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement for the continued future of high-quality vehicles and self-determined driving. Supreme craftsmanship, emotive design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will continue to be desirable in the future. Because nowadays, luxury is also partly defined as personal freedom.

Design

A statement. Sustainable. Intelligent. Luxurious. Mercedes-Benz.

With its innovative, stretched “one bow” design, the VISION EQS takes the Progressive Luxury design philosophy of the EQ models by Mercedes-Benz into a new dimension. The “seamless” look of this dramatic and powerful sculpture is what gives the VISION EQS its majestic presence.

Technical features such as the 24-inch multi-spoke wheels, which form a jewel-like centerpiece to the flowing body lines of the VISION EQS, emphasize the luxurious character of the sedan. As do the rear lights, which are for the first time seamlessly integrated into the body. With 229 individual LED stars they show a completely new approach for displaying the brand logo.

The significant contrast created by the continuous 360° exterior lightbelt joining the black-panel LED matrix grille and the headlamps with the rear light clusters defines a new form of exterior structure with its technical precision. The resulting color division in the shoulder area creates a characteristically contrasting exterior, giving the impression of a glass dome floating on the vehicle body that visually stretches this ultra-modern sedan. At the same time, the contrast underlines the aesthetic dynamism of the show car as a whole.

The light of the future: DIGITAL LIGHT holographic lens headlamps

Thanks to seamless integration of the lights, the VISION EQS becomes a communicative vehicle, a “cooperative car”. The 360-degree exterior lightbelt, the digital LED matrix grille and the DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps allow interaction between the vehicle and its surroundings.

The black-panel grille, which has been recognized on several levels as a world first, provides a new level of precise signaling. Its light matrix consists of 188 circuit boards, each of which carries 5 individually actuated LEDs and a single star. With a total of 940 individual LEDs in a three-dimensional space, the light signals with which the vehicle communicates with its surroundings creates a fascinating impression of depth. The lightbelt traversing the grille also indicates membership of the EQ product family.

Another highlight of the VISION EQS are the new DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps, each with four holographic lens modules. Once the black panel comes to life, the seemingly free-floating stars and pixels create a holographic effect of floating light modules.

In the process these so-called holographic lens modules rotate at well over 2000 rpm. This high rotational speed suggests a static image to the human eye, and with specific actuation it even allows individual holographic images to be generated. The main module and circuit boards become practically invisible thanks to the high rpm, causing the 500 LEDs per headlamp to “float” in the space. As each one of the, less than one millimeter large, high-performance LEDs is actuated individually, and can rotate at three different levels, the “floating” 3D impression is additionally reinforced.

DIGITAL LIGHT technology creates an almost unlimited number of display possibilities, providing a glimpse into the future use of lighting by Mercedes-Benz. It also shows that the light of the future will no longer just be a key safety feature, but also a key element in man-machine communication, aesthetics and design.

Flowing forms: the interior as a sculpture

An integrated interior emerging from the form and organically enveloping the occupants is the new interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz wrap-around effect.
The interior design takes its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts. The clear and generous design idiom creates a new level of serenity. For the first time the entire dashboard blends with the body of the front trim section to form an interior sculpture. With its deep and open spatial architecture, the cockpit of the VISION EQS envelops the occupants like the deck of a boat. The fully integrated overall sculpture consists of the combined dashboard, center console and armrests that float above the generous interior like a gentle, expansive landscape. The VISION EQS interior design provides a glimpse into the interiors of future luxury sedans by the brand.

To emphasize this new spatial impression even more, the IAA show car is presented in a highly artistic manner so that the contours and lines in the interior are even more apparent to the observer.

Haptic vision: an outlook on the materials of the future

The innovative choice of materials for the interior of the VISION EQS is also intended to create a special ambience. Mercedes-Benz has systematically opted for sustainability, using both traditional and technologically pioneering materials. Crystal-white DINAMICA microfiber on the seats contrasts with rosé-gold colored highlights at the seam ends of the contrasting diamond pattern. The floor area and door center panels are bright white. A dynamic, embossed diamond pattern presents the sustainably produced microfiber particularly impressively. Artificial leather is used at the side sills to create a harmonious counterpoint, its finely structured surface is very similar to that of nappa leather, and has contrasting topstitching around the borders like that on familiar Exclusive leather features.

The innovative textile in the roof liner is a special project: it contains a proportion of “ocean waste” plastic, and for the first time, brings recycled plastics into use in visible, high-quality areas. Sustainability is also the main focus for the wood trim in the VISION EQS. Home-grown figured maple from ecologically managed German forests not only ensures short transport distances and a correspondingly small CO2 footprint, but also helps to conserve exotic tropical woods.

Advanced MBUX for Intuitive Interaction.

The VISION EQS also makes new digital departures. The IAA show car therefore shows the expansive interior sculpture as a presentation piece for the future: digital content can be immersively experienced over the entire area, allowing information and content to be accessed by touch to create an all-embracing atmosphere. The blending of materials and information illustrates a possible intuitive interaction in the future.

The central display organically emerging from the center console provides a specific outlook on new ergonomic concepts. Vehicle functions can now be operated by touch-control on the generous display surface. Maximum comfort on every seat: the side displays on the driver and front passenger seats allow individualization of the driving experience by entering the Mercedes me ID – in the future, also for the front passenger. It is not only the displays that create a human-machine interface, but also the intelligent Connected Light, which runs around the entire interior like the 360° lightbelt on the exterior and is able to communicate by positioning information in a space. On the one hand this ambient light band creates special lighting moods inside the vehicle, but it can also communicate information to the passengers.

Haptic highlights like the air vents integrated into the trim element like inlays, the sophisticated speaker covers in rosé gold and the fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder like a jewel round out the trendsetting interior of the VISION EQS and show exquisite craftsmanship and the unrivalled quality claim of the Mercedes-Benz brand.

Technology

With its battery-electric platform, Mercedes-Benz is clearly committing itself towards emission-free mobility.

A combined output of over 469 hp gives the VISION EQS the performance level of a super-sports car. With a compact high-performance power unit at each axle, the show car sets a new standard in EQ performance. Thanks to intelligent and fully variable torque distribution, the immediately available power from the two motors is not only managed for best possible handling, but above all for outstanding efficiency. As a result, thanks to an intelligent operating strategy, the show car accelerates from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and has a comfortable operating range of up to 700 km (est. 435 mi) according to WLTP. Above all, the latest-generation electric motors with highly-integrated power electronics and transmission ratios are a quantum leap in efficiency. At a charging output of 350 kW, the VISION EQS recharges the battery to 80% in less than 20 minutes. Accordingly the EQ concept not only impresses with its dynamism, but also sets new efficiency standards.

The VISION EQS also makes a clear statement for the continuation of driver-controlled vehicles. In the case of the show car, this means a clear focus on the driver. This means that Mercedes-Benz will also be in a position to fulfil the desire for individual mobility and thrilling handling characteristics in the future. At the same time the VISION EQS show car supports the driver with highly-automated driving at Level 3, e.g. on longer highway journeys. Thanks to the modular sensor systems, the level of autonomy can be extended up to fully-automated driving in the future.

With the Vision EQS technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is opting for a completely new, fully-variable electric drive platform. This is in many respects scalable and usable on a cross-model basis: thanks to the modern modular system, the wheelbase and track, as well as all other system components, and especially the battery, are variable and therefore suitable for a wide range of different vehicle concepts. As is the case with modern series production models by Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle structure is based on an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, plus sustainable materials made from recyclates. This optimally meets the requirements with respect to lightweight design, strength, cost efficiency and sustainability.

As well as from in-house development and production expertise, Mercedes-Benz benefits from a group and model series-wide modular strategy for alternative drive systems, and direct access to key components for e-mobility. For example, the highly-efficient lithium-ion battery comes from the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE.

Next-generation EQ models with battery cells from CO2-neutral production

In implementing its long-term goal of climate neutrality, Mercedes-Benz Cars is taking action in its supply chain as well as systematically electrifying the product range: for the next vehicle generation of the product and technology brand EQ, some of the battery cells are ready to be wholly produced using power from renewable sources. In purchasing battery cells from CO2-neutral production, Mercedes-Benz Cars is making a major contribution on the way to a CO2-neutral new car fleet in twenty years.

In this way Mercedes-Benz Cars is taking the next step towards “Ambition 2039” climate-neutral mobility, and intensively driving implementation forward with its suppliers and partners. The supplier network accounts for a significant proportion of value creation, and is therefore of great importance for the decarburization targets. To this end, in the interests of a comprehensive view along the entire value creation chain, Mercedes-Benz has entered into a sustainability partnership with a major battery cell supplier.

As a first result of the sustainability partnership, by purchasing CO2-neutrally produced battery cells, Mercedes-Benz Cars will reduce the overall CO2 footprint of all the batteries in future vehicle models by considerably more than 30%. The partnership includes power generated from renewable energy sources plus recycling and respect for human rights in the supply chain.

AMBITION 2039

Our way to sustainable mobility

Mercedes-Benz is aspiring to a CO2-neutral new car fleet in 20 years. This means a fundamental transformation of the company in less than three product cycles. This is not a long period of time when one considers that fossil fuels have dominated the industry ever since Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile over 130 years ago. But as a company founded by engineers, Mercedes-Benz believes that technology can help to create a better future. Currently, nobody can say with certainty what drive mix will best meet the needs of customers in 20 years’ time. This is why Mercedes-Benz is encouraging politicians to prepare the way for technological neutrality: setting goals, but not the way in which they are achieved. At present the focus is on battery-electric mobility. At the same time it remains important to work on other solutions such as the fuel cell or synthetic fuels, so-called “E-fuels”.

Factory 56 as a role model for CO2-neutrality

The way to sustainable mobility is therefore innovation – as a comprehensive approach along the entire value creation chain. The new Factory 56 at Mercedes-Benz is leading the way: this new plant on the Sindelfingen site uses renewable energies and was designed to be CO2-neutral from the start. All the European plants will follow this principle by 2022. The new plant in Jawor, Poland is another good example of how sustainability and cost efficiency can be reconciled. Wind power ensures that production here is not only greener, but also more cost-effective than would be possible with conventional electric power. The EQC in the Bremen plant and the batteries in Kamenz, Saxony are also produced using power from renewable sources. A comprehensive view of CO2 savings must also take the recycling of raw materials into consideration. Mercedes vehicles have a potential recycling rate of 85 percent. Mercedes-Benz is therefore moving from a value creation chain to a value creation circuit.

Awakening enthusiasm for climate-neutral mobility and making emission-free driving possible.

In some regions, and depending on how it is generated, electric power is a very significant source of CO2 over the life cycle of an electric car. Mercedes-Benz wants to inspire its customers to charge their green vehicles with green power. For example, solutions such as Mercedes me Charge make it possible for car drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles at many different public charging stations in Europe, wherever possible with energy from renewable sources. However, the transformation to the sustainable mobility of the future will only be successful if the car industry, energy suppliers and politics work hand in hand. This requires massive investments and specific measures beyond the automobile sector itself. Climate-neutral energy and a comprehensive infrastructure are indispensable for this paradigm change. Mercedes-Benz is open to discussions about the effective pricing of CO2 and incentives for low-carbon or carbon-free technologies – if possible at global level. Mercedes-Benz has set itself a clear course to contribute to climate protection.

IONITY and Mercedes me Charge offer infrastructure and charging solutions for sustainability here and now

Mercedes-Benz is aspiring to a CO2-neutral new car fleet in 20 years. This means a fundamental transformation of the company in less than three product cycles. The way towards sustainable mobility is therefore innovation – with a comprehensive approach. The aim is to arouse customer enthusiasm for climate-neutral mobility and emission-free driving. In some regions, and depending on how it is generated, electric power is a very significant source of CO2 over the life cycle of an electric car. One thing is clear for Mercedes-Benz: the mobility transformation and the energy transformation must go hand in hand. Accordingly, Mercedes-Benz seeks to encourage customers to charge their cars with “green” energy. Solutions such as Mercedes me Charge make it possible for car drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles at many different public charging stations in Europe, wherever possible with energy from renewable sources.

With IONITY, a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen group with Audi and Porsche, Mercedes-Benz also offers its customers convenient access to an efficient rapid-charging infrastructure along major European traffic arteries. More than 100 of the 400 charging parks planned in Europe by 2020 are already in operation, and customers are already able to charge their vehicles almost completely with green energy. Because this too is modern luxury: our customers are able to rely on Mercedes-Benz offering them a well-conceived overall concept for all aspects of their vehicle.

Our task today is individual mobility without emissions.

Once again, this requires technology and determination. To underline the seriousness, Mercedes-Benz links part of the Board of Management remuneration to achievement of the sustainability goals, including the CO2 footprint. Every employee must leave his or her comfort zone to achieve progress in new ways. This transformation is the task of the present generation. Mercedes-Benz has the right team to master it successfully. This strategy will help us to reassert our leading position in the car industry.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

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