This is the Mercedes Benz EQS.
Mercedes Benz EQs an exclusive first look
You might have seen some teasers and some render around the internet before. And that’s also why you see on the outside a little bit of camouflage.
Mercedes Benz EQS a big, made back-shaped sedan sloping down to maximize efficiency.
This shape will have the lowest drag coefficient of any production car in the world at 0.2.
Mercedes Benz EQS Interior
Mercedes Benz EQS interior is something serious. I’ve never been in a car that checks this many boxes or has this many different features or things going on.
Mercedes Benz EQS Features
I’m going to give you my top five features in the Mercedes Benz EQs, from a couple of days I’ve used it, but just know that there’s a lot more to it than just the best five.
Mercedes Benz EQS Lighting
As you’ve probably seen from the renders, there is LED lighting all around everywhere in this cabin.
And honestly, of all the stuff in the Mercedes Benz EQS, this was probably actually the cheapest and easiest to add to the Mercedes.
But the level of customization is just ridiculous.
There’s ambient lighting all around the Mercedes Benz EQS, up at the front, along with every door, in the back on the floors, under the seats, Everywhere you look, there’s something that’s like glowing, which can make it even more dramatic at night, all of these lights will have the option to change dynamically based on what’s happening in the car.
So I can have it set so that if I’m accelerating hard, the lights turn red as I accelerate, or if I start to turn the climate control up, it’ll go orange or down, it’ll turn blue.
Or even if somebody asks a question to the built-in virtual assistant, which I’ll get to in a second, that person’s seat lights will glow. It’s pretty cool.
I just want you to know in the backseat of this car, you can change the light there to be a reading light. And then you can change the light cone size, the exact position of that cone on your lap where it shines the brightness, and the ridiculous color temperature.
I mean, I’ve never driven an S Class Mercedes before. So maybe this is just par for the course.
But that is very impressive.
Mercedes Benz EQS Technology
In the Mercedes Benz EQS every single piece of tech, you’d expect to find in a high-end car, you will find it in this car.
And then some there’s also a bunch of cool stuff I haven’t ever seen.
So first of all, Mercedes Benz EQS has a quality heads-up display, which can show you your speed and the speed limit and navigation.
And it’s good. It’s a high refresh rate, the arrows on the road in front of you get bigger as you get closer to your turn, it’s really good and super convenient.
It’s got cameras all around the car, including a backup camera that pops out of what I think is going to be a logo on the trunk.
And naturally, that means it’ll stitch them all together for a very useful 360 view, whether you’re reversing or parking, but also it makes humans walking around the car look hilarious.
That’s just a fun side effect. Then it’s got eight USB C ports, count them to upfront under the center console, then two more inside the center console.
Two more inside this like the center armrest storage bit here. So that’s six for the front passengers.
And then two more in the backseat under this flap next to two mini HDMI ports, which we’ll get to in a minute.
And then there are two wireless chargers, one between the front seats as you’d expect. And then one inside the armrest between the back seats.
You know, in case you have a phone with no ports or something. And those eight USB type C ports aren’t useful for you.
There’s also an NFC pairing spot right here in the armrest where you just tap it to your phone and it’ll pair your phone to the entire car.
And there’s a fingerprint reader, which lets you sign in case it doesn’t recognize you. When you sit in the Mercedes Benz EQS car.
You can sign in with your fingerprint and it’ll log you in to your profile. It’ll log your passenger into their profile.
Okay, I’ve just learned of another feature that’s in smaller cars, but it’s still unreal.
Most cars have a little bit of an indicator for which mirror you’re going to adjust. But you don’t need to use it in this Mercedes Benz EQS car.
All you do is just look at the left mirror and adjust the left mirror and if I just look at the right mirror just the right mirror.
Mercedes Benz EQS Interior
I’m just gonna there’s a lot of overlap for sure here but I’m just gonna call interior luxury.
Because this seat, just sitting in this seat is like better than a nice AIRPLANE SEAT.
This pillow. every seat in this cabin. In the Mercedes Benz EQS, the cabin is soft, heated, ventilated, and fully adjustable.
And wow. the ventilation by the way is really strong. Thanks to the fans in the seat.
This is the best I’ve ever tried in any car. The seat adjustments by themselves are one of the coolest parts of the car with the metal sensors where you just push up against them and the seat moves.
Mercedes Benz EQS Built-in Massagers
And the two front seats also have built-in massagers. So that means the seats will massage you. As you drive.
Your Mercedes Benz EQS will massage you as you drive. That’s amazing.
Then there’s also, of course, plenty of other high-quality materials, and no visible gaps anywhere in this car.
Even in this camouflage pre-production version of this car, leather, metal switches everywhere, the wood, the tight tolerances, there is also a lot of glossy like fingerprints, the plastic to even on the steering wheel.
In Mercedes Benz, EQS is a screen for every person that sits in this car.
The driver has multiple screens, the passenger has a screen than the backseat passengers have media screens as well on the backs of the chairs in front of them.
If you somehow get somebody in the middle backseat of your car, and there’s no seat in front of them to hold a screen.
Well, that’s no problem because the headrest is holding a literal Samsung tablet that can pop out, that wirelessly connects to the same functions as all the other screens in the car.
Now I’m just gonna put my tech hat on here for a second because I’ve never set in any other luxury car quite like this.
I know tech when I see it, and this is a literal, Samsung, Tab S4 from like 2014.
And it’s fine, it works. It still has a logo on the cameras and all the ports and they just put it in new housing, so it’ll click into the car.
I feel like you could probably do like an iPad Mini or maybe something not from seven years ago.
Mercedes Benz EQS Seats Specific Commands
I’m going to call it seats specific commands this car knows at all times, which seats have people in them and which people are sitting in which seats.
Mercedes Benz EQS Profile
First of all, like I said there are profiles, everybody can log into their profile and get their specific lighting and seat position, heating and cooling whatever they want.
They just log in, it recognizes them and their seat adjusts everything for them. every seat has its audio, meaning each screen including this passenger screen in the front seat has its Bluetooth connection.
So if you have Bluetooth headphones, or even in the back, there’s a headphone jack on the screens.
Everyone in the car can listen to something and watch something different.
The driver can listen to maybe the GPS and some music passenger can watch a YouTube video on the front screen.
Backseat passengers can also each listen to their own thing.
And then because there are sensors and microphones strategically placed throughout the cabin to listen to what each passenger says and to keep an eye on who says what you can do voice commands.
that voice command will specifically respond to that passenger.
So since I’m in the front seat, right now I can say, hey, Mercedes, how can I help? I’m cold. I’m increasing the temperature to 69 degrees. Nice.
As you can see, it has only turned up the temperature on my side. now my vents are blowing warmer air and theoretically, no one else in the cabin is bothered this passenger can do the same thing.
They can ask for certain things on their screen.
Hey, Mercedes, show me the map or something like that. Even the backseat middle passenger with the tablet can talk and it’ll just respond on the tablet.
I tried it it works. It’s pretty impressive. And then of course, since it’s software, it can get better over time and respond faster to a wider variety of commands.
But I already found it pretty functional so far.
Hey, Mercedes. How may I help you? My back hurts.
I’m starting the classic massage for you.
Mercedes Benz EQS
A most important feature of the Mercedes EQS is this entire infotainment center.
The hyper screen as they call it, this car has 55 inches of the screen just in front of the driver alone.
Now you might have seen some headlines saying it has a 55-inch screen and it’s not a 55-inch screen.
It’s three separate touchscreens that add up to 55 inches under one huge pane of glass. it’s still definitely a lot and Mercedes Benz.
How may I help you stop from massage? I’m switching off the massage for you.
I can offer to the level luxury or the massaging seats or the softness of the pillow.
But I know what makes a good infotainment system.
And this hyper screen is visually impressive, no doubt about that. it’s nowhere near as good as it could be.
Hear me out, it’s like a bigger version of Mercedes, but x, which is run on some of their previous cars, which all have smaller screens.
So this huge screen is cool and futuristic looking.
The experience doesn’t scale up to be that much better than a smaller screen, either the UI or the screen itself in the middle is sort of low resolution because I can kind of see some pixels on text.
It’s a huge hexagon screen in the middle of a front seat of a car, so you probably won’t be super up close to it while you’re driving, you’re focusing on the road, I get it.
But when you do use it, it is a little bit slow, it is a little bit unresponsive. And it is a lot ugly, I think, I mean, this UI looks dated, it looks kind of like Windows Media Player from back in the early 2000s.
Some of the touchpoints are big, some of them are a little small, I think it could use a fresh coat of paint.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s very functional. It does everything you could ask of it.
And having a huge screen like this in the middle of your car, especially for maps for navigation, you plug in a destination, it’ll route you there, it’ll stop at charging points where it knows it has to charge up.
Now it is software.
And this is the critical hinge point, especially when you start comparing things like EQS to other electric options out there, this car, this car is the opposite of a Tesla, right? Like,
what is the Tesla? a Tesla, their cars are super sporty fun to drive, then they have these very ultra-minimal Stark interiors with the debatable but not amazing build quality, and then incredible software.
Then what is Mercedes Benz EQS, it’s kind of a boat to drive.
Mercedes Benz EQS got a maximal interior.
Everything is going on here. And then it’s got incredible build quality and amazing finishes and materials.
And not that great software. So the question is, what’s easier? What is going to happen first?
Will it be Tesla, leaping to become good at making a bunch of cars with great interior quality and great materials?
Or will it be Mercedes Benz EQS that leaps to become an elite software company?
Because that’s what we’re asking here is can Mercedes Benz EQS make great software, either way, I love that this car is going to exist, you know an electric version of a thing that a lot of people already like.
These cars were huge, perfect, that means we’ll have more room for a bigger battery in this electric version, they gave it a 107-kilowatt hour battery with some pretty impressive estimated range to there’s more space in this version than the gas-powered version.
It’s already quieter in this cabin than the gas-powered version.
And it’s faster.
So this isn’t a review of the sport mode or the steering weight or the rear-axle steering or the adjustable regenerative braking on the paddle shifters or the park assist all of which this car has but I’m sure those you know full reviews that have all those things will be coming out eventually until then though.
I feel like you guys would be good to answer this.
Would you rather if I were to drop a car in your driveway right now, would you have the Mercedes Benz EQS or the gas version of a Mercedes S Class all same spec and same trim which would you rather have?
Let me know either way. That’s pretty much it.
Now you know the top features of Mercedes Benz EQS when it comes out.
The estimated cost of the car is £80,000
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