If you’ve ever looked an an E-Class and thought, “Wow, this could really use more lights,” Mercedes-Benz has you covered. Its newest concept, the Vision EQS, just premiered in Frankfurt today, and it uses more LEDs than we can keep track of.
Mercedes pitches the all-electric EQS as an “outlook on a new dimension in sustainable luxury.” The front grille alone houses 188 individual LED lights, designed to create a three-dimensional effect when turned on. The headlights are equipped with what Mercedes calls “Digital Light” technology, which incorporates two holographic lens modules into each assembly. Combined, the grille and headlights make for a flowing fascia that leads seamlessly through the rest of the exterior.
Out back, instead of using two regular taillights, Mercedes installed 229 individual star logos to do the work, each with their own LED lights. There’s also a thin strip that hovers directly above the cluster, making for a clean, streamlined look.
Of course, the lights don’t stop on the outside. All four of the seats inside the Yacht-inspired interior are lined with light strips to match the exterior, as are the upper and lower edges of the dashboard. Mercedes says the microfiber used is made from recycled PET bottles, while the headliner comes from reused ocean waste plastic.
Mercedes-Benz estimates the Vision EQS’s floor-mounted battery can hold a range of 435 miles. It sends power to two electric motors, one mounted at each axle. Thanks to over 469 horsepower and “around” 560 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 happens in under 4.5 seconds. Mercedes even claims the car can charge to 80 percent in under 20 minutes.
Though it’s unlikely we’ll see the Vision EQS go into production any time soon, it’s still a good look at what sorts of tech and design language Mercedes-Benz has planned for its future lineup. If this is what Mercedes cars will look like down the line, we’re excited.
By: Brian Silvestro, September 10, 2019