Mercedes-Benz unveiled the interior of the EQS all-electric sedan – the first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. Supported by artificial intelligence (AI), the vehicle makes the everyday lives of both drivers and passengers easier in many areas. The EQS is produced together with the S-Class and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on a completely carbon-neutral basis in “Factory 56” at the Sindelfingen plant, Mercedes-Benz’s most modern automotive production facility. The battery systems are produced at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim location in the Hedelfingen plant part. The EQS will be launched in Europe this August.
More than 40 new inventions can be discovered in EQS so that the driver could experience the car with almost all the senses. At the forefront of the design evolution is the MBUX Hyperscreen. It is presented by multiple displays that merge seamlessly to create an impressive curved screen band over 141 centimetres wide. The area perceived by the occupants measures 2432.11 sq. cm. The large glass covering the MBUX Hyperscreen is curved in three dimensions in a moulding process at temperatures of approx. 650°C. This process allows a distortion-free view of the display unit across the entire width of the vehicle, irrespective of the radius of the glass cover.
Up to 350 sensors monitor the functions of the EQS. They measure distances, speeds and accelerations, lighting conditions, precipitation and temperatures, the occupancy of seats as well as the driver’s eyelid movements or the passengers’ language.
The new EQS appeals to the first four (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling) out of five human senses.
These sensory cells of our eyes enable us to see the vehicle’s cab-forward design or the coupé-like “one-bow” lines with fastback. The listening impression of the EQS ranges between comfortable silence and an interactive, sensual sound experience. The car has two soundscapes: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. They can be selected or switched off as sound experiences on the central display. Driver and passengers are already greeted acoustically when approaching the vehicle and when getting in. A corresponding aura sound also accompanies exiting and locking the EQS. The optional driving sound, which is reproduced by the speakers of the sound system in the interior, is also within the respective soundscape.
To fight against unpleasant odors, the car is fitted with a large HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) that cleans the outside air very effectively of fine dust, minute particles, and pollen. Special activated charcoals in the HEPA filter and the cabin filter also filter out sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as smells. The active fragrancing of the EQS, which is part of the AIR-BALANCE Package, also appeals to the sense of smell.
There is a lot to feel in the interior of the EQS. The interior features leather surfaces with intricate seam patterns or dynamic perforation; the modern fine structure NEOTEX, which combines the look of nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene; trim elements made of open-pore real wood or in 3D relief look.