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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 rear taillight taillamp

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The star logo continues from the front to the rear of the car, in a unique form.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

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Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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