Those close enough to see or sit in the inside will definitely notice. Mercedes is the first to offer a full-dash virtual screen, a 56-inch LCD called a hyperscreen. This length of liquid crystal is actually made up of three separate screens, a large one in front of the driver, a huge one in the middle, and a smaller one in front of the passenger.
Four other screens are available: a head-up display that projects information onto the windshield in front of the driver; one for each of the rear passengers who are rear-mounted on the front seats; and a detachable, tablet-shaped one in the console between the rear seats. Each inmate can search, play, listen to, and watch their own content if regulations allow. And information – like music and destinations – can be easily transferred from one screen to another.
All these technologies are controlled by an integrated digital assistant called MBUX, which, like Alexa, can be conjured up with the words “Hey, Mercedes”. The assistant can then be asked in natural language to find destinations and navigate to them, play a song from a music streaming service, adjust the interior temperature in four zones or even make adjustments to one of the four seats. With microphones in the cabin, MBUX can localize an individual occupant. So all you have to do is say, “Hey, Mercedes. “Turn on my seat massager” and it will find and activate it for the correct position.
MBUX can also provide directions to the nearest quick charge station, though the Mercedes brass may be surprised or upset that the one we recommended was at BMW’s North American headquarters in northern New Jersey.
Most importantly, the cabin looks like a really opulent S-Class, with soft leather, deep carpeting, polished wood and ornate, pierced metal paneling, all surrounded by threads of infinitely adjustable colored lighting. The body of the EQS is also provided with insulation to enhance the luxurious quietness of the electric drive. For those who fear the silence, synthetic sounds can be fed in under acceleration. Be warned that they sound like a turkey masquerading as a theremin.