The new EQE: the interior design

Apr 13, 2022
Stuttgart

The EQE is the new business class from Mercedes-EQ. With this completely new vehicle, the designers had the brief and the opportunity to take a completely new approach to the interior design as well. They used this freedom and, in addition to the MBUX Hyperscreen, relied on consistent digitalisation and avant-garde design for many other elements.

Like the EQS, the EQE is based on a large electric platform from Mercedes-EQ. For the designers, this went hand in hand with the vision of systematic digitalisation of the interior. The optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen implements this vision in a particularly impressive way: the entire instrument panel is one ultimate widescreen. This determines the aesthetics of the entire cockpit and interior. The real glass appears to drape itself three-dimensionally over the entire width of the vehicle like a wave - a unique feature in automotive construction to date.

The high-resolution screens merge seemingly seamlessly under the shared glass cover. The graphic appearance of their MBUX content is perfectly coordinated. The MBUX Hyperscreen is integrated into the instrument panel in minimalist fashion. Only a fine frame in silver shadow, a band of nozzles and a narrow leather ledge enclose the MBUX Hyperscreen. The leather ledge is reminiscent of the lower section of classic instrument panels.

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 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 stands freely in space. It is a visual reference to the new drive architecture – due to the electric powertrain, no transmission tunnel is necessary. Flowing leather surfaces with intricate seam dressings create a modern and luxurious impression in combination with the large-scale real wood blind. At the same time, there is plenty of practical storage space available.

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 smooth transition from 3D in the centre console compartment to 2D on the touchscreen is seamless, i.e. without interrupting the glass look, and is unique.

Door trim modern, avant-garde and extremely reduced design

The vent band from the cockpit is visually continued in the driver's doors. A floating control cluster with integrated door opener and seat controls takes over the functional interpretation of formerly purely decorative elements. The door centre panel develops in a sensual, dynamic movement from the vertical surface into the horizontal and thus integrates the armrest seamlessly. The front section of the armrest is designed as a metallic high-tech element that can be used as a free-floating grab and pull handle and contains the power window switch. In the dark, this floating, avant-garde aesthetic is particularly impressive thanks to an ambient light corona.

Seats: elaborately processed materials and perforations

The EQE comes with the Electric Art interior ex factory. Standard equipment includes the comfort seats. Despite their simplicity of design, they captivate with their sculptural beauty. Wrap-around surfaces in the side bolsters create the body support and stand in stark contrast to the seat centre panel. It has a sophisticated seam pattern similar to a fan palm.

In combination with AMG Line interior, the EQE receives the sports seats. These are characterised by a slim and monolithic shape and act like integral seats. The seat surfaces are designed in such a way that they give the impression of draped-on leather covers. The technical term is "layering".

Common features of all leather seats are the dynamic graphic patterns with highly elaborate perforations. Here, too, you will find the hallmark Mercedes-EQ combination of the highest standards in materials, ambience and workmanship as well as state-of-the-art technology.

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

Avant-garde as well as traditional materials and colours give the interior a special atmosphere.

The modern delicate structure NEOTEX 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.

Six coordinated colour combinations in the interior emphasise the generous feeling of space. The EQE is immersed in a progressive and luxurious colour scheme of warm and cool tones. Colours such as balao brown-neva grey and biscaya blue-black add the finishing touches to the soft and emotive design. The colour rosé gold, derived and evolved from the electric coil, emphasises the design of the vent band and is used as a contrasting colour.

The innovative trim parts make a key contribution to the aesthetics in the EQE. Three examples: the new trim in brown open-pore wood with grey printing of magnolia wood. The anthracite 3D relief-look trim, on the other hand, has fine metallic pigments. The different lighting situations in the vehicle subtly change the appearance and enhance the perceived value.

The laser-cut trim elements backlit with Mercedes-Benz pattern also create a special ambience. The star pattern is lasered into the plastic trim and is adaptively backlit. Innovative wood trim can also be selected, for example anthracite open-pore fineline lime 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

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

The "sporty" display takes the form of a spatial power bar and conveys the relevant driving status (Drive, Accelerate, Charge) emotionally and impressively. The central feature here is a free-floating "G-Force puck" offering a dynamic depiction of 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 very calm interior impression, the Discreet mode familiar from the S-Class has been adapted. In the EQE, the content of the displays 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 target 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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