Last year we took a promising journey with thea vision for a future electric flagship. Now we definitely have confirmation that the EQS will go into production as a member of the next-generation S-Class family, with Mercedes posting photos of a camouflaged EQS prototype next to the concept car.
In future models likeand EQB, the EQS will be based on a dedicated electric car architecture ̵
Despite the strong camouflage, we can see that the series EQS will stick to. It has fairly short overhangs and a long roofline with a forward-facing cabin, which helps maximize the interior. It's also a much less traditional look than what we'll get from the next-generation S-Class, which won't be far from the three-box sedan design of the current model. Don't expect the standard EQS to get the concept's digital grille or hardly any taillights, but it will include futuristic details like pull-out door handles. I wouldn't even be surprised if the two-tone paint comes on the market.
We can't see an interior, but the concept had a radically fluid dashboard design with a surprisingly small number of screens. The standard EQS is intended to produce a new version of the brand's MBUX infotainment system, and Mercedes describes the car as "a completely new vehicle concept that turns cars into third place alongside the home and work place". It will apparently also make life easier for the driver and front passenger through "relieving comfort". Sounds good to me.
These photos were taken in Sunnyvale, California, where the North American research and development center of Mercedes-Benz is located. According to Mercedes, the focus of the tests in California is on charging and telematics, and the EQS is currently being tested in locations such as Germany, South Africa and Sweden.
The regular S-Class should debut with the EQS shortly afterwards by the end of 2020. Given the positioning of the EQS as a new flagship, Mercedes could even lead the S-Class in pricing.