The new EQS SUV: the interior design

Apr 19, 2022
Stuttgart

The EQS SUV combines a particularly generous sense of space with a luxurious and avant-garde interior design. In addition to the MBUX Hyperscreen, the designers relied on consistent digitisation for many other elements. New is an innovative hybrid trim piece: The wood trim elements with Mercedes-Benz Pattern as aluminium inlays are the modern, high-quality interpretation of this classic inlay technique.

Like the EQS Saloon, the EQS SUV is based on an all-electric platform. For the designers, this went hand in hand with the vision of systematic digitisation of the interior. The optional MBUX Hyperscreen impressively implements this vision: the entire instrument panel is one ultimate widescreen. The real glass appears to extend three-dimensionally across the entire width of the vehicle in a wave-like pattern. The high-resolution screens merge seemingly seamlessly under the shared glass cover.

The vent band spans across the entire width at the top and is very slim at the same time. These extreme proportions, together with the glass wave of the MBUX Hyperscreen, create the avant-garde architecture of the cockpit. For further details on the MBUX Hyperscreen, see the relevant separate chapter.

The dominant outer vents have a turbine design. They deliberately play on the theme of "hyperanalogue" through the contrast between high-tech precision mechanics and digital, glass display world. The intricately designed turbine blades distribute the airflow efficiently.

The front section of the centre console joins the instrument panel and is free-standing in space. It is a visual reference to the new drive architecture – due to the electric powertrain, no transmission tunnel is necessary. Because the distance to the centre console is greater, the high-quality stowage tray in the centre of the footwell offers more space for accessories than its counterpart in the EQS Saloon.

Flowing leather surfaces with intricate seam patterns create a lot of stowage space in combination with a large cover made of real wood. The visual impression is both modern and luxurious.

The base model without MBUX Hyperscreen has a slightly different centre console. There is a soft armrest in the rear section. It is first visually interrupted before being transitioned into the floating central display.

The design of the door panels borrows from the interior design of modern living spaces. Doors and their centre panels emerge from behind the dashboard, spanning the entire space. A surface-mounted modular body floats like a sideboard in front of the door panel. It accommodates all necessary door elements such as armrest, door module, handle and map pocket. Circular ambient lighting completes this floating, avant-garde aesthetic in the dark.

The Electric Art equipment line includes luxury seats with lavishly crafted covers. Piping emphasises the hand-finished character. In combination with AMG Line interior, the customer receives SUV sports seats with non-integrated head restraints.

The second row of seats have luxury head restraints as standard on the outer seats. A third row of seats is available as an option for the EQS SUV. For interior dimensions, functions and comfort features of the seats, see the chapter on the dimensional concept.

Colour & trim: avant-garde and tradition for a special ambience

Technologically pioneering as well as traditional materials and colours lend the interior a special atmosphere.

The modern, delicate NEOTEX structure combines the look of nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene. It is found on the instrument panel, the armrest and the seats of the Electric Art Line.

Seven coordinated colour combinations in the interior emphasise the generous sense of space. The EQS SUV is immersed in a progressive and luxurious colour scheme of warm and cool tones. Colours such as balao brown-neva grey and space grey-macchiato beige add the finishing touches to the soft and emotive design.

The trim parts make a decisive contribution to the aesthetics in the EQS SUV. New features include the innovative wood trim elements with Mercedes-Benz Pattern as aluminium inlays. The star pattern is lasered into open-pore ash wood. A stainless steel sheet is pressed on from the back and pushed through the star-shaped cavities - the modern interpretation of an inlay with a quality and precision previously unknown in this segment.

The anthracite 3D relief look trim elements with fine metal pigments and laser cut, backlit with Mercedes‑Benz Pattern, also provide a special ambience. The star pattern is lasered into the plastic trim and is adaptively backlit. Wood trim elements are also available, for example, anthracite open-pore line-structure lime wood or open-pore walnut ship's deck wood.

A special welcome & goodbye scenario[1] has been developed for the Mercedes-EQ models, which is also coordinated with the ambient lighting.

UX design: multiple display styles and modes to choose from

The MBUX Hyperscreen is available as a high-end feature. It shapes the display world in the cockpit area. The driver, central and passenger displays merge into one.

During the start animation on the screens, the new Mercedes-EQ trademark appears on the central display for a few seconds: a highly stylised blue laurel wreath encircles the lettering of the Mercedes-Benz electric brand.

The functional content and operating structure correspond to the EQS Saloon and, like there, are adapted to electric driving. Visually, all graphics are designed in a consistent blue/orange colour scheme. The classic cockpit display of the two round dials has been reinterpreted with a digital light sabre in a glass lens. All content relevant to driving can be accessed between the round dials.

An alternative display mode to the two tubes is the "Pure EV" mode: A 3D performance bar graph emotively and impressively conveys the respective driving status (Drive, Accelerate, Charge). The central object here is a "G-force puck", which dynamically moves freely in space in line with the acceleration forces.

The appearance of the screens can be individualised with three display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service).

For a calm interior impression, the content of the displays in discreet mode is reduced as much as possible and coordinated with the colour change of the ambient lighting in seven screen colour worlds. In "Assistance" mode, important events such as lane changes or specified distance control as well as the infrastructure and detected other road users (cars, motorcycles, trucks) are displayed.

[1] Available in combination with the Burmester® surround sound system

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