It takes only a small step to the right, you jump in time. Because behind the wheel of the Mercedes Vision EQS you feel like in the future. However, in two years the present. It will be high time too. Because an electric luxury sedan from Stuttgart is overdue.
Yesterday, today, tomorrow - on a trip to Tokyo you can lose your sense of time. Especially if at the end of the journey no Toyota taxi waits, but in the parking lot in the middle of nowhere suddenly the Mercedes Vision EQS appears: Because although this showpiece just a few weeks ago at the IAA in Frankfurt is quite real, here and Today stands and the drizzly sky is reflected on the bare varnish, it seems strangely unreal and like from another time. No wonder. After all, the proud 5,30 Meter long luxury liner is also a messenger from the future, which should tune the Mercedes clientele to the first electric luxury sedan from Stuttgart.
While half the Mercedes team is currently working flat out on the new S-Class, which is due to come next year, the other is working on the EQ S, which a year later will race the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron GT and all to take the Model S from Tesla. And unlike the GLC and EQ C, the two luxury liners are said to have little in common this time apart from the claim to the top position in the respective segment. It is not for nothing that Mercedes is therefore developing a completely new architecture for the EQ S and all upcoming e-cars, which takes full advantage of e-mobility and therefore wants to offer a significantly better package, for example.
But S-Class and EQ S will differ not only in technology, but especially in the form. While the established flagship appears more classic and thus more conservative, design director Gorden Wagener has found a completely new style for the EQ S. Instead of the traditional step cut, he relies on a single arch that defines the entire silhouette and omits almost all the lines and beads and edges. And as if that were not new enough, he garnishes it with a lighting concept that is unparalleled. With hundreds of LEDs, the EQS is fighting against the gathering darkness and looks even more inhospitable in the gray after the departure of a small typhoon here in Tokyo. The headlights with their rotating lenses send more holograms than twinkles of light into the twilight, behind the black-glazed grill sparkle countless points of light, instead of conventional taillights, the designers have cut red Mercedes stars into 200's rear lid and a filigree LED strip along the seam line the two-color paint keeps everything together.
We already know all this from Frankfurt, but here in Tokyo Mercedes asks for a kind of timewarp and you do not even have to hurry around like at the Rocky Horror Show. A small step to the right is enough, then you are already behind the wheel and hardly able to get out of the amazement. For as opulent as the electric alternative to the S-Class looks from the outside, it is so simple inside: Digital detoxification is what designers call a leitmotif and they like to talk about a "hyper-analogous" interior when describing the terrifying empty landscape of leather and lacquer. There are no more counters and no ads and you also look for the usual screens in vain. Even the steering wheel falls victim to this idea, is topped up and therefore makes quite, very small.
But do not worry, the better earners of tomorrow are not disconnected and not cut off from the digital world. The unusually flat balance beam in front of the front row is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a kind of screen on which Mercedes projects all displays and controls whenever and wherever they are needed. And so that nobody bothers a guilty conscience, there is a sustainable material concept with wood from local forests, decorative fabrics made from maritime plastic waste, artificial leather and microfibers from recycled PET bottles.
While the designers turn the wheel and let their imagination run free, the technology under the spectacular cover is relatively down-to-earth - but consistent. After Mercedes has converted only conventional platforms so far, afford the Schwaben for the first time a dedicated electrical architecture and can take advantage of all the packaging advantages: The overhangs are shorter and the interior offers correspondingly more space and unlike the EQ C has the Vision EQ S as well no more hanging belly, the battery actually disappears completely in the car floor. He is bigger than ever. Because to provide adequate performance, Mercedes is once again paddled instead of spotted. 100 kWh should have at least the battery, the developers promise and promise a range of over 700 kilometers. And because, theoretically, with 350 kW being loaded, the cells are full in less than 20 minutes to 80 percent. As fast as loading the Vision EQ S is also driving: With just under 500 PS and soon 800 Nm accelerates the fully variable all-wheel drive in less than 4,5 seconds on Tempo 100 and allows more than 200 km / h.
At least in theory. In practice, however, the Vision EQ S moves extremely slowly and cautiously, groping its massive 24 payload rather than actually driving. He seems a little wooden and unwieldy, which is due to the manual construction and the simple chassis of the study. In the series, on the other hand, a rear-axle steering will let the turning circle shrink and an air suspension including roll compensation with 48 Volt technology will bed the occupants like on clouds.
All this is experienced during the journey through time at the other end of the world, while the companions nervously look at the sky. After all, rain clouds are rising again, the gray is swallowing the scenery and before you know it, the show car is safely stowed away in the dry truck. The parking lot, on which one has just traveled through time, lies empty and abandoned and the observer rubs his eyes in amazement - yesterday, today, tomorrow - once again Tokyo has lost its sense of time. But do not worry - in two years at the latest, the internal clock is back in time - then the production car is ready for the test drive.