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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 EQS The 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 EQS The 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

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The Vision EQS delivers a hint of what to expect from future Mercedes-Benz design.

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GMC Hummer EV deliveries to start soon

Hummer EV deliveries will start in December.

GMC

This year has turned out to be as difficult for automakers as 2020 was, if not much more so. The pandemic is still a major factor, and to make matters worse there's a global microchip shortage that heavily impacts automakers' ability to build tech-heavy vehicles. GMC has a big launch left to handle in 2021, and according to a recent call with journalists, it's proceeding as planned. On a recent call with reporters, GMC exec Duncan Aldred noted that Hummer EV pickup deliveries are on track to begin in December. He also elaborated on the truck's EPA range numbers.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The trucks will deliver up to 329 miles on a charge. GMC

The Hummer's EPA range lands at 329, not far from the 350 miles General Motors targeted for the vehicle. Those are the estimates for the limited Hummer Edition 1, which carries a six-figure price tag and gobs of bells and whistles. Aldred said that other models coming later on will offer longer range estimates when they hit the roads sometime in 2023.

A staggering 80 percent of reservations GMC has gathered so far are for the Edition 1 model. Almost half of the 125,000 people who have inquired about the Hummer EV have placed the refundable $100 deposit and the SUV's first year of production is completely sold out.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV's first year of production is sold out. GMC

When it hits the streets later this year, the Hummer EV will be just in time to face off against a growing crop of EV trucks and SUVs. Rivian recently began delivering the R1T electric pickup truck and will continue with the R1S SUV next year. The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming in 2022, and General Motors itself has a Cadillac EV rollout to handle in 2022. Chevy and GMC will show off electric versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks on January 5 and GMC will push the Hummer SUV EV in 2023.

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VinFast will soon launch in the United States.

VinFast

The automotive business is a tough place to cut your teeth as a company. So many have tried and failed to break through with new vehicles, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Electric vehicles seem to present a perfect opportunity for companies of all types to jump in with a new product. Such is the case with VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker. The company launched two new crossovers at the LA Auto Show yesterday, both of which are heading to the United States.

VinFast EVs Two models will debut at first, but the company plans on expanding here.VinFast

The VinFast VF e35 features up to 301 miles of range on a charge, while the full-size three-row VF e36 can travel up to 422 miles on a charge. Both vehicles come with a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty. VinFast says that its launch strategy in the United States wraps in charging stations, as the company realizes that they are a necessary part of EV adoption. In Vietnam, VinFast is in the process of building 40,000 charging stations to bolster adoption.

VinFast EVs VinFast will eventually build a factory in the United States.VinFast

Here, the automaker will build dozens of company-branded stores to sell its vehicles, similar to the approach taken by Tesla. VinFast's plan is to position itself as an exclusive product in the EV space, and to help it expand in the U.S., the company plans to build a factory in 2024. Part of its launch will also involve several special events across the country to introduce the brand and its vehicles.

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