We notice a common gimmick among carmakers every time they showcase a new emission-free ride. You’ve probably observed the same thing. We’re talking about the need for glowing elements, which seems to be the stereotype for cutting-edge automobiles. Depending on how it’s presented, LEDs can either make it look cool or a little gaudy. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which brings us to the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS.

A subtle use of lighting is preferable in our book, but we’re making an exception with this one. There’s certainly a sci-fi vibe about it as the grille, emblem, seats, and other parts of the interior emit a soft blue glow. Likewise, a strip of LEDs run along the exterior of the Vision EQS to sperate the top and bottom half of the black and silver paintwork.

Looking at the teaser video from Mercedes-Benz, there appears to be an option to turn these off – not that anyone would want to, right? Don’t let the light show fool you into thinking that all it has going for it is aesthetics. The EV is packing a massive 100 kWh battery capacity to power the two electric motors on each axle.

This all-electric beauty boasts 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. Testing shows it zipping from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds with an estimated range of 435 miles. The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is just one of the few notable models on display at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show.

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