And although it's a little mad, it's also very brilliant.
Make no mistake about it: You're not looking at the actual Mercedes-Benz S-Class of the future, you're looking at the essence of what it could be, which is rather brilliant. And, as the S-Class of the day is usually the benchmark of luxury and sophistication, all other Benzs, including most other cars, will in some way or another look to live up to this.
It's called the Vision EQS and it's all-electric, confirming that luxury will go carbon-free in the coming years and silence will be the order of the day. So, look beyond the weave of front and back end LEDs and imagine it in the flesh - most of what you see will be fine-tuned and dulled down enough for your future self to consider it, which means that you should probably get saving! Unless of course you, like us, prefer the Bentley EXP 100 GT, which is far more bold a statement and frankly better looking.
But, although that might be prettier, this, in true German fashion, is more real and a little more clever. Sure, it only boasts level 3 autonomy, but Mercedes rightly insist that it should still be enjoyable to drive with an almost 650km driving range. Impressive! 0-100km/h comes in 4.5 seconds and it will only take 20 minutes to charge. Or so they say.
But, it's inside where Mercedes make Bentley look a little dated. The dash is made from recycled ocean waste like your plastic water bottles, and the leather is all imitation. Where Bentley are boasting deforestation with 5000-year old trees, Mercedes are finding new ways to reuse our destructive habits, which is the most brilliant thing we've heard this week.
So, there you have it: A very smart Mercedes that we rather like. What say you?