The forthcoming flagships from Mercedes-Benz, the W223-generation S-Class and the fully electric EQS will certainly pack plenty of new technology, and now the German manufacturer’s range-toppers have been reported to bring a new level of driver assistance when they make their debuts.

Level 3 autonomous operation, where regulations allow its use, is defined as ‘eyes-off’ technology which enables the driver to safely turn their attention away from driving tasks and only require the driver to intervene when asked to by the computer.

“Details will take us a couple more months. Still, we are targeting (it), but we have to go through homologation. Some others tried it and found issues, but that’s the development target for the new S-Class, Level 3, so let’s see next year,” said Mercedes-Benz group research and development board member Markus Schäfer to Car Advice.

As the forthcoming EQS will be a purely electric model, would it be right to say that the next S-Class is going to steer clear of the full-electric driveline direction? “That’s a fair assumption,” Schäfer said. The EQS will essentially serve as the flagbearer for the marque’s EQ sub-brand of electric vehicles, whereas the S-Class will continue to top the conventionally-powered, partially electric line-up for its more traditional customers.

The Sonderklasse needs to be “at the vanguard of the automotive industry, thus it is the symbolic representation of our purpose, our meaning, our raison d’etre. It’s the reason we get up in the morning,” said Daimler chairman Ola Källenius.

“It is going to have its own design language. The one-bow design is not just a vision, it’s what you’ll see in the final product,” said Schäfer of the EQS, adding that this is a design language with proportions that can only be used on a platform like this where structures such as the firewall are located differently compared to a normal car’s. More will come from this platform, which can be scaled for more derivatives, Schäfer added.

The Concept EQS previews the marque’s design direction for the rest of its all-electric range, while the S-Class will continue to wear a shape that will be more in line with its traditional customer base. Sources suggest that the W223-generation S-Class will be unveiled next year, while the EQS could only arrive a year after that.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show


GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS press images