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This is the Mercedes EQS – the future of the S-Class

Mercedes-Benz teased the EQS concept a few days ago by releasing a cryptic teaser image and now, the actual car has finally been unveiled in Frankfurt.

Mercedes began utilizing the EQ nomenclature with the EQC 400, their first all-electric vehicle, and they called this the EQS because it is the all-electric forefather of luxury saloon of tomorrow.

The company calls this “a trailblazer for the entire Mercedes-Benz EQ family” and, more importantly, they maintain that while the EQS comes equipped with Level 3 autonomy, you’re still going to able to enjoy driving it.

It is powered by an electric powertrain making 470 bhp and 560 lb-ft of torque, good enough for a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds. The claimed WLTP range is 400 miles and, according to Mercedes, owners will be able to achieve an 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes.

Obviously, this being a concept car, and a lot of what you see here won’t actually be used in the production car. There are numerous screens, as expected, and the headlining is made with recycled bottles and ocean waste, and so is the dashboard. The leather is faux as well.

At the front, there are 188 individual LED lights at the back, the tailgate is made of 229 star-shaped lights. The 24-inch wheels are definitely going to go, too.

The EQS is not going to replace the S-Class for now, and maybe not ever, because even though this concept car will eventually spawn an actual production vehicle, this is still, first and foremost, a technical exercise to show what Mercedes can do. Which is a lot.

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