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New Mecerdes EQS packs S-Class tech, is most aero-efficient road car

Like that of the new BMW iX, the clamshell-shaped structure has been designed to remain closed during the lifetime of the car. “There is no mechanism to allow the customer open the bonnet. It can be opened during servicing with special tooling, but it is designed to remain closed,” sais Steffen Koehl, head of Mercedes-Benz advanced design.

The filler for the windscreen washer bottle is integrated into a narrow flap, which hinges outwards from behind the front left-hand wheel arch

Further back, the doors are frameless and feature flush-fitting handles similar to those available as an option on the latest S-Class. The complex 10-window glasshouse stretches well back above the rear wheel arches, while the roof features a two-piece sunroof as standard.

Departing from the S-Class, the EQS also receives a large fastback-style tailgate that hinges from above the top of the rear screen – a layout also set to be adopted by the smaller EQE, due to be revealed at the Munich motor show in September.

A full width tail-light similar to that seen on the EQC and recently introduced EQA is incorporated into the tailgate.

Inside, the EQS adopts its own unique dashboard, controls and trim elements. Ahead of the driver is a steering wheel similar in style to that used by the S-Class, with capacitive touch pads on the two upper spokes. A high-set centre console runs through the middle of the front cabin, underneath which are sizeable oddment stowage bins.

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