New Mercedes EQS: vast MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system revealed

The electric Mercedes EQS will be available with a media screen that spans entire dashboard

  • Additional screen for front-seat passenger
  • Sleek styling and self-driving tech
  • On sale in 2021

The upcoming Mercedes EQS saloon may still be in development but Mercedes has unveiled a highlight of the interior called the ‘MBUX Hyperscreen’. It’s essentially a one-piece insert that spans the width of the dashboard and includes a digital instrument cluster, the main media screen and a supplementary screen for the front-seat passenger. The EQS will be an electric saloon that’ll sit alongside the new Mercedes S-Class, and will offer the very latest in luxury and technology. We expect it’ll be launched later this year and have an estimated range of 400 miles.

The car will be a competitor to the likes of the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S - and prices will reflect that - while rivals such as the Audi e-tron GT, electric BMW 7 Series and next-generation Jaguar XJ will also be launched after the EQS.

2021 Mercedes EQS interior

Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system is to get thoroughly overhauled for the EQS. If you tick the option for it, the EQS will be offered with a one-piece dashboard insert that includes a digital instrument cluster, a media screen and another screen for the front-seat passenger. The system is called the ‘MBUX Hyperscreen’, and even includes ambient lighting and two air vents within the seamless design.

MBUX Hyperscreen uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn your preferences, settings and often-visited destinations. We’re told it can get to know the driver and deliver personalised suggestions and shortcuts in a ‘context-sensitive’ way. There are seven user profiles and the car will learn which prompts to use for each one. The passenger screen becomes a decorative display when the seat is empty.

Styling

The coupe shape of the EQS is even sleeker than the Mercedes CLS. It looks like the car will have angled headlights and a blank grille, set on a very low front end. The long sloping roofline flows into a short rear end, with slim LED tail-lights and a smooth bumper. It’s thought the headlights will offer several different light configurations, while some of the concept’s touches - like the door handles that pop out - will make production. This development model uses traditional door mirrors instead of cameras, but cameras may be offered as an option.

The EQS concept comes with Level 3 autonomous driving capability for longer motorway trips and has the potential to be fully self-driving.

With the power on offer, the car should be entertaining to drive. The EQS concept uses a large 100kWh battery and gets from 0-62mph in under 4.5 seconds. Four-wheel drive is standard, and the car is made from a relatively lightweight mix of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre. Mercedes says the platform and battery are scalable and can be used in a number of other models, so we expect to see this powertrain in more of the brand’s EQ electric models.

Currently, only a few electric cars can travel 300 miles or more on a single charge, but it’s claimed that the Mercedes EQS will be good for over 400 miles. It’s compatible with charging at up to 350kW, which would replenish the battery up to 80% in around 20 minutes. Few chargers currently offer this power, but we expect them to be rolled out in more places in the future.

The EQS is likely to be offered with the same 7.4kW wallbox charger as the Mercedes EQC SUV, which would recharge the battery in 8-12 hours.

Read our review of the Tesla Model S to see how an electric saloon already available compares.

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