The new Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX concept is finally here, and it is being referred to as the next big landmark in the history of the German carmaker in many ways. With an all-new design language, futuristic-looking cabin and the most technologically advanced powertrain, the new Vision EQXX will pave the path for the next generation of electric cars from Mercedes Benz. Here are the chief highlights which you should know about the Mercedes Benz EQXX:
The basic idea behind the development of Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX
Mercedes Benz wanted to develop a luxury car for the future, which looks futuristic and have a real-world range of more than 1,000 km. With this new concept, the German carmaker wanted to think one step ahead of the current conceptions and ideologies of electric mobility and create a new benchmark.
Unlike a majority of the concept models, the Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX is a fully-operational prototype, which uses revised versions of the software and powertrains used in the current-generation electric vehicles from the carmaker. The technologies and hints of the design language of the Vision EQXX will make their way for the production-spec models in 2024.
The overall dimensions of the Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX are similar to those of the current-gen C-Class. And going by the words of Gordon Wagener, Chief Designer at Mercedes Benz, the EQXX is one segment lower than the all-new production-spec EQE. This indicates that the Visions EQXX will evolve into the production-spec model of the electric version of the C-Class.
The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX debuts an entirely new design language compared to the current models of the company, which looks much sleeker and more rounded in profile. For the Vision EQXX, Mercedes Benz has attained a drag co-efficient of 0.18 Cd. This is even lower than that of the Mercedes Benz EQS, which at 0.20 Cd, is currently the lowest drag co-efficient for the production-spec model.
The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX gets a very different looking front profile, with prominent bulges over front fenders and a sleek looking fascia with a horizontally stretched LED light bar from corner to corner, over the digital LED headlamps. There is no grille here, with the car getting a perforated design for the central part of the front bumper for the air-control system and a three-pointed star logo graphic on the bonnet.
The side profile of the Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX is characterized by aero-optimized alloy wheels and door-mounted ‘ninth generation’ rearview mirrors. Mercedes Benz claims a wheelbase of 2,800mm for the Vision EQXX. The rounded roofline of the Vision EQXX tapers to the rear profile, where the car gets a massive LED light curve across its width in an inverted-U manner. The rear bumper of the car gets a diffuser element, which automatically extends at higher speeds for reducing turbulence.
The biggest highlight in the cabin of the Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX has to be the massive 47.5-inch seamless full-TFT rectangular display with rounded corners. Spread across the width of the car from corner to corner, this screen offers 8K resolution and integrates both the instrument console behind the steering wheel and the main infotainment screen and other functions.
The three-spoke steering wheel seeks inspiration from that of the current-gen S-Class, while the cabin is executed using sustainable materials like vegan leather derived from cactus fibres, bamboo fibre and bio-steel silk-like fibre.
Taking key inputs from the Mercedes-AMG High-Performance Powertrains division based in the UK, Mercedes Benz has developed an all-new powertrain for the Vision EQXX. This rear-wheel-drive sedan uses a compact 204 bhp electric motor, which is mounted on a carbon-fibre subframe at the back.
However, what’s catching everyone’s attention is its claimed rear world range of more than 1,000 km, which is the magic figure being aimed at by every electric car manufacturer. For the Vision EQXX, Mercedes Benz is using a 100 kWh battery, which claims an efficiency of almost 9.97 km per kWh.
This new battery is smaller than the 107.8 kWh battery pack used in the long-range version of the Mercedes Benz EQS, which offers a maximum range of 770 km. However, at 495 kg, the new battery pack is 35 per cent lighter than that of the EQS. The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX also comes with 117 solar cells on its roof, which can add a range of 25 km in ideal weather conditions.