Driving or traveling in the new Mercedes-Benz EQS should be an extremely serene experience. As editor-in-chief Tim Stevens discovered on his first ride, the electric sedan is even quieter than awith a luxurious interior and a super smooth ride. However, Mercedes looked beyond ideal driver and passenger experiences when designing the EQS, going so far as to perfect how good a car is for falling asleep. The result is a new Power Nap mode and it sounds absolutely incredible.
The Power Nap function, by the way, is called like that, it is part of the Mercedes Energizing Comfort suite of programs, which have been further improved for the EQS. These different programs are designed to suit your mood, adjusting things like the climate control system, ambient lighting, piped fragrance, and the audio system. Mercedes even developed a new fragrance specifically for the EQS called No. 6 Mood Linen, which smells like a fig tree surrounded by fresh air.
Power Nap is designed to be used during breaks on a long road trip, such as when you are at a rest stop or at an electric vehicle charging station. Move the driver’s seat (and passenger seat, if desired) to a reclining position by reclining the seat back and adjusting the seat base. The car also automatically closes the sunroof curtains, the side windows and the rear window.
To further help you fall asleep, an animation of a starry sky appears on the center screen, as well as on the passenger screen if you have, in addition to the screens on the backs of the rear seats if that option box was also checked. The car also plays soothing sounds, sets the climate control to recirculate fresh air, and changes the ambient lighting to a darker, more subtle scheme.
When it’s time to wake up, the EQS begins to play “nice wake-up” sounds and begins to pump the fragrance inward. It also activates the seat’s massage and ventilation functions, raises the seats to their usual positions, illuminates the interior backrest and opens the sun visors. As a nap enthusiast, and someone who regularly stops to stretch and recharge on long trips, I can’t wait to try this out.
Power Nap mode isn’t the only new feature added to the Energizing Comfort menus. There are three Energizing Nature programs – Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea and Summer Rain – which were created in collaboration with Gordon Hempton, an “acoustic ecologist.” Each helps with relaxation and concentration and can be played while driving; the system is similar to the soundscapes offered on Hyundai, Kia and Genesis products.
Forest Glade reproduces the sounds of birds and the rustling of leaves, blows soft air and a little fragrance through the vents and displays an animated forest on the screens. Sounds of the Sea shows the waves of the ocean, with gusts of fresh air that synchronize with the waves and the sounds of the water and seagulls in the background. Summer Rain shows the rain falling on the leaves and plays the sounds of distant thunder. All three programs are complemented by unique musical compositions based on Hempton’s work that were developed by the Mercedes sound departments.
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