Mercedes-Benz has released interior details of the upcoming and highly anticipated EQS electric sedan, with the production version expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The EQS seeks to become the OEM’s flagship luxury electric vehicle. With an interior to rival that of other major vehicle manufacturers, it features a wide range of electric and autonomous technology to provide drivers and passengers alike with a unique experience.
Most notably, at the front of the vehicle, and the centerpiece of the user experience, sits Mercedes’ own MBUX Hyperscreen, measuring 55in. Unveiled earlier this year, the central screen will provide vehicle occupants with up-to-date functions to suit individual users. The system is context-sensitive and will constantly optimize itself by adapting to changes in the vehicle surroundings or user behavior. This means that dynamic and individual content will be customized to each and every user’s needs, resulting in a different experience for each individual. The company says the MBUX Interior Assistant is also able to operate requests based on movements within the cabin, at both the front and rear of the vehicle.
“With our EQS, we have created a completely new, future generation of luxury car,” commented Gorden Wagener, chief design officer of Daimler Group. “Based on our style of sensual purity, we create desire by combining a beautifully seductive sculpture with the most progressive proportion. Key features such as the one-bow design and a holistically integrated, highly reduced and seamless styling gives the EQS its sporty and progressive look. That’s what sets it apart from any other vehicle we have ever created. That’s what makes our EQS so extraordinary.”
Mercedes says that the EQS as a vehicle and as an experience will appeal to the majority of the human senses, including sight, hearing, smell and touch.
Up to 350 sensors are used as sensory organs to aid the vehicle in measuring distance, lighting conditions, seat occupancy, the driver’s eyelid movements and even passengers’ language. This information is then processed by a range of control units to tailor the EQS experience to a user. With AI, over time the EQS can improve its capabilities by learning from a range of experiences and situations that it has previously faced.
Alongside these features, an optional driving sound can also be added that reacts to the EQS’s accelerator position, speed or recuperation to provide the driver with audio feedback through a Burmester surround sound system in real time. Furthermore, the EQS can also provide users with Energizing Nature programs, such as the noises of Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea and Summer rain.
The theme of connectivity between driver and car continues with the Energizing Coach feature, which can switch programs between Freshness, Warmth, Vitality and Joy, depending on vehicle situation or the occupants. Furthermore, a smartwatch can be used to measure human stress or sleep values to optimize the cabin area.
To keep the cabin free from exterior pollutants, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter can come fitted as an optional extra to the EQS and works with Energizing Air Control to aid in cleaning incoming air before it reaches the cabin area. The system features a high filtration level and is capable of eliminating 99.65% of harmful particles.
Over-the-air updates are made possible to keep the vehicle updated for its entire lifetime, with updated soundscapes and vehicle functions to aid in keeping the car current.
A full unveiling is expected by Mercedes in April, with final production models to be made available to customers by the end of 2021.