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Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS shows possible future of electrified sedan lineup

The Vision EQS shows the future design language of electrified Mercedes-Benz sedans.

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We already know that the future of Mercedes-Benz is filled with electrified powertrains. Now, the German automaker has given us a better look at the future of their sedans with the Vision EQS show car.

Described as a connection between rationality and emotion, the car exemplifies the "one bow" proportions, which consumers can expect to come to life in future Mercedes vehicles. Recently revealed plans indicate that Mercedes-Benz vehicles won't just have electrified powertrains as an option in current models. In the future, the models will be purpose-built electrified vehicles.

It's not just about the exterior. The inside of the Vision EQS features design cues for the future of the car brand as well as a preview of the car's future infotainment system, dubbed the Advanced MBUX.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQSThe face of the Vision EQS is very different than what is on every other vehicle on the market.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Its interior was influenced by yacht design and features a flowing design with sculptural elements designed to envelop the cabin occupant. The cabin features sustainable materials, including crystal white microfiber made from recycled PET bottles and native figured maple trim. There's also faux Nappa leather that is made from recycled plastic that was garnered from the oceans.

With the debut of the vehicle, Mercedes is also redoubling its commitment to well-built machines, stressing the need for self-determined driving, expert craftsmanship, expressive design, and luxurious materials. Driving, from their perspective, is about multi sensory pleasure.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQSThe interior of the Vision EQS is made of a variety of recycled products.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

All that luxury can get where it's going in a hurry. The vehicle features electric motors on its front and rear axels and a battery that has been integrated into the car's floor. It gives the car 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The zippy all-wheel drive model can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The show car recharges the lithium-ion battery to 80 percent in less than 20 minutes.

It rides on 24-inch multi-spoke wheels and has rear lights that are fully integrated into the car's body featuring 229 individual LED stars. The car's 360-degree lightbelt features a 188-circuit board digital LED matrix grille and digital headlamps.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS exterior back rear wheels trunk

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The mold of the car is reminiscent of the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago.

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The Sakura is Nissan's newest EV.

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It's no secret that the Japanese get all manner of quirky, cool cars that we don't see here in the States. Sure, there's the Nissan Skyline and Mitsubishi Delica van, but tiny vehicles like kei cars and "minivehicles" are popular imports for Americans looking to diversify their drives. Pint-sized kei cars are ripe for electrification, and Nissan did just that with its new Sakura EV, which comes almost a year after the automaker announced it was working with Mitsubishi to develop tiny electric models. It's one of dozens of new EVs slated to come from the Mitsubishi-Nissan-Renaul Alliance this decade.

Though tiny, the Sakura offers a decent top speed of 80 mph, and its range of around 112 miles could make it an ideal urban runabout for many. That said, there's little chance the car will come to the United States. Japan's minivehicles and kei cars are far smaller than anything currently on sale here. For example, the Sakura's 133.6-inch length makes it almost 18 inches shorter than a Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, a car that Americans would consider minuscule.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura borrows features from the Nissan Leaf, including its battery.Nissan

Nissan borrowed the Sakura's 20-kWh battery from the Leaf and says it can be used to provide power for external devices or even power a home for up to a day. The car comes with three driving modes to change the behavior of things like regenerative braking and throttle response, and Nissan says it took further guidance from the Leaf to give the Sakura the quietest cabin in its class.

The Sakura's upright shape likely helps with headroom, but it certainly doesn't increase cargo space, as Nissan claims just 107 liters (4 cubic feet) of room. That said, the car features small-item storage spaces for gear like a smartphone or wallet. Buyers can opt for black, beige, or blue-grey interior colors, and an upgrade package is available that brings a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There are a surprising number of features packed into the minute Nissan's cabin. A 7-inch digital gauge cluster comes standard, and a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard. Nissan says the car's displays are oriented to reduce distraction and keep the driver's eyes on the road, and ProPilot safety systems are standard, including a new parking assist feature. ProPilot is a stepping stone toward Nissan's goal of debuting autonomous driving tech by 2030.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura isn't destined for the U.S. - yet, anyway. Nissan

The Sakura goes on sale in Japan this summer. It's priced at 1.78 million yen, or around $14,000. The car will be available for purchase online, and Nissan says it will offer video chats and other resources to help buyers with the process. Buyers will be able to opt for a full in-person buying experience, a completely virtual experience, or anything in between.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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