The Mercedes Benz Vision EQS is the weirdest concept of 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the craziest concept ever. It's one of the cars that you either like, or hate, and there's no in between. Being a Mercedes, of course there are some cool features, and then there are the features that simply don't need to be. Below, I've racked up some of the coolest features, the weirdest features, and everything else.
Cool Feature 1: The Brake Lights
At first glance, it looks like there aren't any brake lights. Look a little closer, and you will see exactly 229 star-shaped holes. These holes are actually 229 separate LEDs, all of which function exactly like a typical brake light. Furthermore, the LEDs are shaped like the familiar shape of a brake light. And as per the trend, the Vision EQS includes a light bar, which spans the entire length of the rear of the Vision EQS. And yes, this light bar is made of the same star-like LEDs as the brake lights. Hopefully you like stars...
Whack Feature 1: The Exterior Design
While Mercedes is branding the design as the future of luxurious design, I disagree. All of this begins with the most noticeable flaw with the Vision EQS, the massive wheels. The rims of the Vision EQS are 24 inches. And while Mercedes says this helps emphasize the luxurious feel of the car, I say those very wheels will be apart of a modern donk. But it's not only the wheels: how about that obnoxious front "grille". The front might as well be a Christmas tree: There are the normal headlamps, then the entire grille is made up of lights, and to top it all off, the Mercedes Benz logo also lights up. But of course, the Mercedes Benz logo is the brighter than the others. And yet again, while this is what Mercedes defines as the future of luxury, I define this as the future of being spoiled.
To be fair, I have been pretty brutal for the design. And while I'd get a Mazda 6 Signature over this any day of the week, there are some neat design elements. The first of which is the two-tone paint design. Not too many cars, let alone sedans, can pull off a two-tone paint job, the Vision EQS does it with ease, to the point where I think the Vision EQS looks better with a two-tone paint than with just one paint color. Also, looking from the windows up, the car looks amazing. There's no visible B Pillar, just straight window. There's some silver trim that circles the entire top part of the roof, an elegant touch. Those aspects make the roof look like a floating dome, and it looks great in my opinion.
Cool Feature 2: The Interior Design
For some, this interior may be too futuristic, but I think Mercedes nailed it. It's the perfect compromise between the present and the future. There are three curved screens in the Vision EQS. The two smaller screens are on the door panels, and the master screen is in the middle. The trim that runs throughout the entire dashboard is beautiful, with climate vents peppered in between. You can see ambient lighting is also hidden in the interior, as well as some surprisingly simple seat controls on the door panel. Of course, there's the steering wheel, which is "special", and I think I'll leave it at that.
Cool Feature 3: The Performance
And here's where the word crazy comes into play most. The performance of this car of out of the realm of the Tesla Model 3. While we don't know too much, the numbers we do know are incredible. The Vision EQS has an estimated 435 miles of range (700 kilometers), which is jaw-dropping, considering the Taycan has a minimal 201 miles. The Vision EQS, however, does trail its competition by a lot in the 0-60 run, which takes 4.5 seconds. The Vision EQS does this with a 350kW drivetrain (476 horsepower). And perhaps most importantly, charging takes a lot less time than the current competition. The Vision EQS charges to 80% in "significantly less than 20 minutes" , whatever that means. Regardless, that's still much faster than a Tesla.
I think the Vision EQS is a promising look into the future while missing the mark on a few things. Personally, I think the best concept of 2019 was the Vizzion I.D by Volkswagen, which was a promising look into the future. What do you think? Is the Vision EQS whack, or do you like it? Let me know in the comments, and vote in the poll.