Mercedes has released images of the interior of its upcoming, seven-seater electric EQS SUV.
Among the most notable elements is the MBUX Hyperscreen, a huge 56-inch infotainment screen that sweeps the full width of the dashboard and was first introduced on the electric EQS sedan.
That’s not a misspelling, by the way. Mercedes’ nomenclature is just unnecessarily confusing!
The MBUX Hyperscreen incorporates the traditional infotainment and driver instrument cluster into one “seamless design,” and also includes a 12.3-inch screen dedicated to the front passenger, which allows them to watch TV or a video stream while the vehicle is in motion. A camera-based ‘blocking’ system, which dims the display if a camera mounted in the instrument cluster detects if the driver is looking at the passenger screen, ensures the driver’s focus stays on the road. And helps avoid Book of Bobba Fett spoilers, too.
In a neat touch, the vents for the climate control are mounted in a band above the Hyperscreen, while the floating centre console beneath offers plenty of storage options. Even the wood trim features a hybrid mix, with tiny holes resembling the Mercedes five-pointed star laser-cut into the magnolia and filled with stainless steel.
In a bid to promote a “lounge-like ambience”, and with no engine or battery packs eating up space in the chassis, Mercedes looks to have optimized space for rear passengers, each of which also has dedicated entertainment screens. Behind the second-row bench, two individual seats make up the third-row seating, although Mercedes has confirmed a five seater edition of the EQS SUV will be available for customers that require a larger luggage compartment. How many hockey bags this will hold remains a mystery, but Mercedes has stated the additional trunk space will carry four golf bags comfortably.
It’s been suggested that, following the EQS’ launch later this year, an even more luxurious Maybach edition of the seven-seater SUV is primed to make its debut as early as next year.
Alongside the cabin shots, Mercedes has also released images of a camouflaged EQS during winter testing. Set to rival the new BMW iX and Tesla Model X, the SUV is more heavily camouflaged than the facelifted e-tron S Sportback of which Audi recently released images last week, though we can still see the conventional blanked off front grille is there, as are two hood bulges and sleek bodylines reminiscent of the EQE. A sign that even the heartiest of Mercedes’ electric range is still focused on aero-efficiency and range extension.