Mercedes won’t officially unveil its first dedicated electric car, the EQS sedan, until April 15. To ease the wait, the three-pointed star has dropped a complete image gallery depicting the lavish interior of what will be its flagship EV. It’s everything you would expect from a range-topping car from a luxury brand by combining the latest tech with top-notch materials and an avant-garde design.
It’s safe to say the abundance of screens is what catches the attention at first. The fully digital driver’s display measures 12.3 inches and is complemented by the 17.7-inch vertical touchscreen of the infotainment system, provided you choose the optional MBUX Hyperscreen. There’s another screen on the passenger side of the dashboard, measuring 12.3 inches.
If the Mercedes EQS is fitted with the rear-seat entertainment system (available at additional cost), the total number of screens jumps to five as those sitting in the back get a pair of 11.6-inch screens. It’s worth mentioning only the big central display and the one on the passenger side have crisp OLED screens whereas the others are regular LCDs.
The base version without the swanky Hyperscreen has a smaller 12.8-inch central display in portrait orientation in the same vein as the one you’ll find on the latest S-Class. There are more displays to talk about as Mercedes will sell the EQS with a removable tablet between the rear seats and the choice between two optional head-up displays. The more sophisticated HUD has augmented reality tech and offers a 77-inch diagonal by featuring an imaging unit consisting of a high-res matrix of 1.3 million individual mirrors.
There are few conventional controls inside the cabin as the screens incorporate nearly all of the car’s functions. This gave Mercedes the freedom to design a superbly minimalist interior with only a handful of traditional buttons. The “floating” center console offers a generous amount of storage space underneath, complete with USB ports to charge various devices.
High-end versions of the EQS will feature a Burmester sound system with 15 speakers and 710 watts of power. Speaking of optional kit, the zero-emissions sedan will also be available with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. It’s approximately four times the size of an A4 piece of paper and has a volume of nearly 10 liters, offering a three-stage filtration process to remove more than 99.65% of particles of all sizes.
To get an idea about the amount of technology Mercedes has crammed into the EQS, there are up to 350 sensors embedded throughout the car. These sensors measure everything from distances and speeds to lighting conditions and even the driver’s eyelid movements. Not only that, but there are 12 actuators positioned below the touchscreen. The German premium brand claims it has incorporated more than 40 new innovations along with 20 design applications.
Mercedes isn’t willing to go in-depth regarding the technical specifications just yet, but it does mention the car will have a drag coefficient starting at only 0.20 when equipped with the 19-inch AMG wheels and the Sport driving mode selected. We also get to find out the EQS has frameless doors and a large front hood overlapping the fenders to cut down on the number of visible panel gaps.
Several batteries will be available for the 2022 EQS, with the biggest of the bunch confirmed to have a generous capacity of 108 kWh. Fitted with the largest pack, the electric sedan will be able to travel for more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) in the WLTP cycle, an impressively long range also made possible by the sleek body maximizing aerodynamic efficiency.
As with other high-end EVs such as the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron GT, and Teslas, the EQS will have support for over-the-air (OTA) updates, meaning the car will effectively get better with time thanks to future software revisions. Battery production has already kicked off ahead of the car’s reveal next month.
Mercedes is planning to launch the EQS in Europe this August and unveil the smaller EQE a month later. Both sedans will spawn equivalent SUV versions in 2022. Meanwhile, production of the EQS will take place at the same carbon-neutral Factory 56 at the Sindelfingen plant in Germany where the S-Class and the posh Maybach S-Class sedans are manufactured.