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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.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.

AutomotiveMap's writers chose their favorite vehicles to use to make a large Costco run.

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It's always the paper towels. They take up more room than you think and then you're left trying to figure out where to put the rotisserie chicken.

When you're ready to upgrade your vehicle, consider these AuotmotiveMap picks, which are perfect for shopping trips to Costco, Sam's Club, and the like. Some have the most amount of cargo space you can get in their segment while others have good cargo area designs that are practical solutions for life's activities.

​2020 Ford Escape

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Sue Mead: The 2020 Ford Escape has been completely redesigned for the new model year. The sportier, more powerful, and more premium Escape comes in front- and all-wheel drive variants. It's also available as a hybrid that has up to 400 miles of range. The value-priced Escape has standard Ford Co-Pilot360 safety and driver assistance technology and a large rear cargo space.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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Harvey Briggs: Start with 165 cubic feet of passenger volume, the convenience of stow-and-go seating, side doors and a tailgate that open wide and there's no better vehicle for hauling a 65" flatscreen, five pounds of crab legs, and four all-season radials than this. Get a black 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with the S appearance package for a look that's bad to the bone.

​2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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Jesus Garcia: When you absolutely, positively need to buy and carry everything you buy at Costco, accept no substitute than the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with its efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine and available 4x4. Like any good passenger van, it has gobs of storage space.

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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Perry Stern, AutoNXT: The unique cargo carrying ability of Honda's pickup truck – a lockable trunk below a proper cargo bed – make the Ridgeline an excellent option for the run to Costco.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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Nicole Wakelin: Like is hybrid counterpart, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica offers lots of cargo room without having to fold down the seats so you can head straight to pick up the kids at school without a stop at home.

2020 Honda CR-V

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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: The Honda CR-V ticks a lot of boxes for the average family and many of them are likely big box retailer shoppers. The compact SUV seats up to five and has cavernous cargo space which means you can easily fit a stroller alongside your load of toilet paper, roasted chicken, wine, and fruit snacks.

2020 Ford Expedition Max

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Chad Kirchner: The 2020 Ford Expedition Max is the way to go because the extra 12-inches of cargo space is needed for the bulk buys when you're toting along your whole family for an excursion.