Mercedes EQS: the new king of EVs?
The flagship model for Merc’s EQ range has just been unveiled and it may dethrone Tesla as the long-reigning EV King.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
In recent years, Mercedes has been busy expanding the EQ range. Today, they unveiled the flagship model for this range: the EQS.
With range that puts the likes of Tesla and Porsche to same along with an interior which will make your jaw drop, it all sounds too good to be true, right?
Currently, two versions of the EQS have been shared with the public: the entry-level EQS 450+ and the more powerful EQS 580 4MATIC Plus.
The 450+ has a singe rear-mounted electric motor. With 329bhp and 568Nm of torque, it sits level with the cheapest version of the Porsche Taycan.
With a bit more cash, you can upgrade to the EQS 580 4MATIC Plus. Contrary to the 450+, the 580 model is AWD. Due to its additional electric motor, the EQS 580 4MATIC Plus boasts 516bhp and 855Nm of torque - both models have an electronically limited top speed of 130mph.
There are two available battery packs. There is the 90kWh and there is also the more expensive 107.8kWh option. The larger pack gives the EQS a maximum range of 478 miles (770km). By contrast, the top-performing Porsche Taycan only has a range of around 300 miles. In addition to this, the Tesla Model S’s range falls 73 miles short of the EQS.
Weighing in at almost 2.5 tonnes, the EQS is incredibly heavy. As a result of this, the EQS is unable to accelerate like its competitors. The 450+ can do 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and the 580 model will do the same in 4.3 seconds.
The EQS also possesses an incredibly advanced energy recovery system (ERS). It’s got an output of up to 290kW and it is capability of making the car stationary.
Fitted with a charging system capable of up to 200kW, the EQS can charge up to 186 miles of range in just 15 minutes if connected to a 200kW charger. This puts the EQS in an ideal spot as Tesla’s V3 Supercharger will deliver the same amount of performance in 15 minutes.
It’s safe to say that the EQS looks very different to other Mercs. This is because the EQS is the first Mercedes to use the all-new EVA electric platform. Furthermore, it is the company’s first purpose-built EV. Previous Mercedes EVs - such as the EQA - were just modified ICE cars.
The proportions severely differ from other models and this is mainly due to the position of the cabin. Because the EQS has no engine under the bonnet, the cabin sits quite forward therefore allowing for a roomier interior.
Remember how the EQS has Tesla-beating range figures? That’s all thanks to its aerodynamics. Designed to be as slippery as possible, the EQS’s design follows that of a coupe as an oppose to a traditional 4-door saloon.
Thanks to this, the EQS has a drag coefficient of 0.20Cd - this is the lowest of any production car.
The interior is dominated by a 55.5-inch curved display. Dubbed the Hyperscreen, it covers the entire dashboard. The Hyperscreen combines both the infotainment system and the digital instrument cluster into one massive display - it is breathtaking.
The infotainment system itself has 24GB of RAM. By contrast, the average computer at home has just 4GB of ram. This means that the MBUX infotainment system is highly capable. For example, the system can learn the habits of the driver. Let’s say that they go to a certain destination on a certain day of the week, the system will display a prompt at a suitable time.
And the luxury does not end with the Hyperscreen as the EQS also boasts a Burmeister surround system. When driving, the speakers will play some “sound experiences” to ensure the cabin isn’t completely silent.
An interesting feature of the EQS is the ‘Energising Comfort’ cabin ambience system is another one of the EQS’s luxuries. It has the ability to adjust the climate, music, lighting and fragrance to tailor to certain moods.
There are three different settings: Sounds of the Sea, Summer Rain and Forest Glade - each of these modes will mimic a different environment.
Sounds of the Sea will cause the speakers to play seagull and wave sounds whilst the air conditioning system blows cool air. The speakers will play faraway thunder and light rain sounds with the second option. You’ll be able to hear birdsong and the sound of leaves in Forest Glade and you’ll also be able to smell the first scent coming from the air vents.
An air filtration system will bar microparticles from entering the cabin of the EQS. There’s also a different filter which will ensure that gases such as sulfur dioxide stay outside of the interior.
Unfortunately, Mercedes hasn’t disclosed the EQS’s pricetag as of yet. However, seen as the normal S-Class starts from around £80,000, expect to pay roughly £100,000 for the EQS.