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Mercedes-Benz EQS Front

Mercedes-Benz EQS Front

Clearly, nobody is going to confuse a huge luxury auto as being entirely environmentally-friendly, but Mercedes says it has used eco materials where it can. "With the Vision EQS technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is opting for a completely new, fully-variable battery-electric drive platform", the automaker explains. Watch the trailer for the Vision EQS in the video above. That much was made clear with the unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing a new flagship electric sedan. Each of those get a pair of holographic lens modules, while the fascia itself incorporates 229 individually-illuminated stars. In short, this means they're cooler than your car's lights. Cloaked in a visually stunning body created from carbon fibre, extreme levels of technology and functional design define the PF0, delivering a staggering performance for a road vehicle: a stated ambition to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in less than two seconds, break the 400 kmph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero-emissions range of over 500 km.

Ahead of the driver sits a half rectangular steering wheel, even though Mercedes promises that the vehicle will feature Level 3 semi-autonomous highway driving functionality. The model literally and figuratively light up the road with an illuminated grille, which houses 940 individual LEDs, and a continuous 360-degree illuminated strip of blue that contrasts with two- black/silver finish on the car's body. The battery pack with give it a WLTP range of 700 kilometers (435 miles) and it'll support charging at up to 350kw so it can go from zero to 80 percent in less than 20 minutes.

The two electric motors are able to send power to each individual wheel via a torque-vectoring set-up that is claimed to provide unparalleled levels of traction and handling prowess in the upper-luxury segment. Artificial leather is also present, featuring a finely structured surface that's said to be similar to nappa leather. Vertical air vents, rose gold speaker covers and a jewel-like fragrance flask holder complete the interior. It sports a body design so sleek that you could mistake the model as a one-piece body.

Mercedes-Benz EQS EV
Mercedes-Benz EQS

Not a single knob in sight. We're excited to see what comes next from Mercedes-Benz. The design looks right and the vehicle has all the right specs, and best of all it won't cost you a fortune to own one.

It looks like leather, but it's not. The roof liner is a textile that sues recycled "ocean waste" plastic, a nice nod to the boating theme.