The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept shows its possible to have fun and be responsible at the same time. The new 2019 Frankfurt auto show debut previews Mercedes’ electrified future that has already begun: Read about the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in here, and check out our review of the fully electric EQC SUV here. If you’re easily mesmerized by light shows, the EQS concept should be right up your alley.

It’s hard not to look at a grille that features 940 LEDs in a three-dimensional plane. In the EQS concept’s case, 188 circuit boards composed of five individual LEDs all come to life, in the shape of a three-pointed star, of course. As a show car, the three-pointed star references in the 229 LEDs of the taillights, at the top and center of the rear glass, and in the grille are wonderfully excessive. Not every brand can flaunt its cachet the way Mercedes can. Having said that, we hope that if such design details make it to a production car, they do so in a much more restrained way.

Then there are the headlights, which have 500 LEDs and four holographic lens modules each. We don’t expect nor do we want such tech on a production car, but it’s still fun to see on an electric car that hints at what the S-Class of electric cars might look like.

Along with the digital pinstriping that runs the entire length of the EQS concept (Mercedes calls it a “lightbelt”), the grille’s light show is a cool show-car effect. Will such technology influence future cars at Mercedes? Who cares! Check out the video below to get an idea of what happens when you install 940 LEDs on a luxury car’s grille.



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