In September, Mercedes-Benz revealed the latest addition to its “EQ” family, the Vision EQS, an electric S-Class concept car that’s all about marrying futuristic design with impressive functionality. Now, one month on, Highsnobiety had the opportunity to view the luxury brand’s new ride up close and it did not disappoint.

The first thing that grabbed our attention is how the Vision EQS lights up the road thanks to its illuminated grille. Otherwise known as a “lightbelt,” it features a 360-degree exterior belt of LED lights that seamlessly integrate with the vehicle’s slick exterior. The main headlights are digital, holographic lens modules that blend into the belt and create a three-dimensional effect when lit. In other words, simple acts like signaling and breaking just got a serious level up.

At its core, interpreting what luxury whips mean in a futuristic context is what this car is about, and the exterior and interior design really drives that concept home. Outside, the stretched “one bow” proportioning lends the EQS a sculpted, architectural, aerodynamic aesthetic. That vibe is mirrored inside thanks to the car’s spatial design and combined dashboard and center console, and the floating armrests.

Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau

Of course, it’s hard to talk about future-looking design and not mention sustainability. Mercedes-Benz have incorporated recycled materials throughout the interior. High-quality DINAMICA microfibre in crystal white, for example, is used alongside the maple trim and is created from recycled PET bottles. Elsewhere, the roof liner is made from recycled ocean waste plastic.

In terms of specs, the Vision EQS is equipped with a 100kWh battery pack with an operating range of 700 kilometers (or 435 miles). With “more than 469 horsepower”, the concept car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 4.5 seconds. It also boasts charging performance of 350 kW, meaning the Vision EQS can recharge its battery to 80 percent in less than 20 minutes.

“The Vision EQS also makes a clear statement for the continuation of driver-controlled vehicles,” Mercedes-Benz explained in a statement. “To this end, the show car shows the bandwidth of the platform with its clear focus on the driver. The Vision EQS show car supports the driver with highly-automated driving at Level 3, (e.g. on longer motorway journeys). Thanks to the modular sensor systems, the level of autonomy can be extended up to fully-automated driving in the future.”

Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Mercedes-Benz / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
Highsnobiety / Nicolas Yuthanan Chalmeau
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