The massive MBUX infotainment system uses three screens behind a single piece of glass that stretches seamlessly before the driver and front seat passenger and dominates the interior space.
The screens provide an array of controls and informational displays, and employ organic LED (OLED) technology, which Mercedes says uses less power than the liquid crystal display (LCD) screens used on most cars’ infotainment interfaces today.
Mercedes says the sweeping screen setup is a nod toward future autonomy, when the interior of a car will be less for driving, and more for relaxing and enjoying as a personal cinema while the car drives itself. A much smaller screen is standard equipment in the lower 450+ trim.
Special effects take center stage inside the EQS. Ambient lighting strips surround the infotainment screen array, line the tops of the doors, and cut little accent slashes throughout the rest of the interior. The ambient lighting system can be custom-configured from a choice of 64 different colors.
For those who are more keen on engine sounds than musical entertainment from the car’s 710-watt, 15-speaker Burmester sound system, there are a few different propulsion soundtracks from which to choose, including one that sounds a bit like the light cycles from Tron.
Driver and passengers can also be treated to various nature sounds, along with corresponding fragrances, and the driver can enjoy a seat that gives hot stone massages.
When the driver wishes to take a break during a rest stop, there’s a sleep mode that will automatically move the seat to a rest position, close the windows, draw the panoramic sunroof shade, paint stars on the infotainment screen, and waft soothing music and fragrances as the pampered motorist drifts off for a power nap.
While all this is going on, the car’s artificial intelligence (AI) brain—centered in the MBUX system—is recording all the details and taking note of the driver’s preferences. It learns them over time, and can make adjustments and suggestions based upon driver behavior. The voice activation control responds to, “Hey, Mercedes . . . ”