Interior Motives Summer 2021: Mercedes Benz EQS

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The Mercedes EQS’ mother of all screens polarised the design community between believers and sceptics. However, Guy Bird finds there is more to the German’s marque’s interior than its vaunted black mirror

Love it or loathe it, the ‘physically buttonless’ 55.5in car-width ‘Hyperscreen’ option that dominates the cabin of the production Mercedes EQS full-electric limousine is a significant moment in interior car design. Making ever bigger touchscreens and reducing real buttons and switches until the instrument panel has none at all is a logical move, given the increasing number and size of screens within other areas of our lives from TVs to tablets. But in some quarters of the internet, the announcement of the ultimate no-button instrument panel was also shocking and branded potentially dangerous.

First unveiled virtually to the world in January 2021 as just a screen – actually three large screens under one glass – and then later in early 2021 as part of the wider EQS vehicle reveal, it’s arguably made its interior more (in)famous than its exterior, or indeed its power and performance. And for that again the EQS is significant.

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