For Merc’s chief design guru Gorden Wagener it’s all a design vision that has become reality. “If technology can do a lot but I have to work out the usage, I always stay at a distance. Our success is based on the idea that it must work just as well as it looks.”
We look forward to giving it a go… as we do the whole EQS. What else do we know about this debut electric version of the world’s top selling luxury car? Pictures of it wearing camouflage currently doing the online rounds show it keeps the radically different proportions of the Vision concept car from 2019.
Its stretched “one bow” arc profile with long cabin and short bonnet and boot will make this a very different looking limo from the regular S-Class’s more three-box silhouette. A long wheelbase and likely flat floor should make it as spacious inside as any S-Class, perhaps more spacious.
The EQS is tipped for an unveiling in the autumn of 2021, a rival for the Tesla Model S and, fingers crossed, a reborn electric Jaguar XJ (which was scheduled to have been previewed in 2020). In the EQS expect a base model to have a dual motor, all-wheel-drive set-up with around 470PS (346kW) offering 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds but – far more crucially – a range of 435miles (700km) on a single charge.
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