Mercedes unveils the EQS electric limousine
Pure Mercedes luxury and 480 miles of range
Faced with a segment as profitable as that of the SUV, Mercedes has logically unveiled the EQA and the EQC as a priority to open its EQ electric range. However, the German brand must not leave aside the sedans which remain its core business. Therefore, the star is now following up with its first electric limousine, the large and elegant EQS.
The latter has a rounded style that clearly favors fluidity over sportiness. In fact, this architecture allows the EQS to enjoy a record cx of 0.20, making it the most aerodynamic series production car in the world. This will obviously have repercussions on the range, which we will come to later.
For the moment, let's focus on the particular aesthetics of this EQS. First of all, the front end has a black mask that covers both the lights and the grille, just like on the EQA, EQC and EQV cousins. A small novelty is that the grille on the EQS has small star-shaped motifs reminiscent of the nose of the VISION EQS concept presented at the end of 2019.
From the side, it is immediately obvious that the EQS belongs to the world of limousines. This impression is confirmed when reading the technical data sheet with a generous length of 5.22 m and an equally substantial width of 1.94 m. The height is 1.51m and the boot can swallow a volume of 610 L.
The windows are topped by an arch-shaped chrome trim and the combination of aerodynamic rims and flush door handles helps to optimise the vehicle's aerodynamics. The rear end features wave-shaped taillights linked by an LED bar and a black lacquered lower section.
Speaking of colours, the EQS has the option of a biton paint job, traditionally reserved for Maybachs! Once inside the cabin, you might wonder if you're not in a Maybach, as the EQS gives us a great show. Indeed, the dashboard impresses with the MBUX Hyperscreen.
This system combines three screens under a 48-inch XXL glass panel. The instrumentation is displayed on a 12.3 inch screen, the central infotainment screen is 17.7 inches and the passenger side screen is 12.3 inches. Note that this package is optional, as the EQS has an S-Class like interior as standard.
In terms of technology, the EQS benefits from a long list of equipment. In addition to traditional Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, the EQS is capable of self-parking via remote smartphone control. The augmented reality head-up display pioneered by the S-Class is included, as is MBUX artificial intelligence.
The EQS will be the first Mercedes to be able to perform remote updates like Teslas. On the technical side, the EQS is clearly not behind with a 107.8 kWh battery allowing a range of 480 mi (770 km) on the WLTP cycle. For the launch, the German brand is offering a choice of two versions.
On the one hand, there is the EQS 450+ with an electric motor on the rear axle developing 333 PS and 568 Nm of torque. The EQS 580 4Matic has two electric motors with a combined output of 523 PS and 855 Nm of torque.
Finally, when it comes to charging, the EQS will be able to regenerate its batteries up to 200 kW, which will be enough to recover 185 mi (300 km) of range in 15 minutes. The Mercedes EQS will arrive in the brand's dealerships at the end of the year and will find many competitors such as the Tesla Model S, Lucid Air and Porsche Taycan.