The Mercedes-Benz EQS comes in two versions, both powered by a 108.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Here’s everything we need to know about the new Mercedes-Benz EQS.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS will likely go on sale later this year.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS was unveiled earlier this week and is set to hit the roads in some of the global markets later this year. It is the new entrant in the luxury electric vehicle (EV) segment and will compete with the Tesla Model S which has led the segment for nearly a decade now. The Mercedes-Benz EQS comes in two versions, both powered by a 108.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Here’s everything we need to know about the new Mercedes-Benz EQS.
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- The EQS 450+ is the base variant which has a single electric motor on the rear axle for a total of 324 hp and 568 peak torque.
- The EQS 580 4MATIC is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) premium trim and receives an electric motor on the front and rear axles. Total power in combination here is 509 hp and a whopping 855 Nm of peak torque, good for a 4.1 second sprint to 100 km / h from standstill.
- The Mercedes-Benz EQS offers an impressive range of 770 km with a range certified by WLTP cycle on a full charge, which is more than any electric vehicle currently in production.
- Then this new full-size EV sedan also introduces a new stylistic direction for the Mercedes-EQ family, maintaining a drag coefficient of 0.20, being the most aerodynamic production vehicle ever sold.
- The EQS can recharge from 10-80% in 35 minutes using a 110kW DC fast charge, while a 240-volt home wall charger will take 11 hours for the same run time.
- Mercedes-Benz will likely partner with a public charging provider before the EQS arrives at dealerships, with the aim of developing its own supercharging network.
- In terms of design, up front a glossy black panel takes the place where we’re traditionally used to seeing a grille. There are three tiny LED accents on each headlight to invoke the other appeal of Mercedes’ S family while a full-width LED strip on the edge of the hood connects the headlights. The taillights have a helical design which Mercedes says is inspired by the visible coils of an antique bulb. And of course, the tapered roofline has more of a coupe appeal and seems inspired by the four-door Mercedes-AMG 63 S.
- Inside, it features the new MBUX Hyperscreen, which is essentially a massive glass instrument panel incorporating three individual information displays – an instrument panel, a central infotainment system, and an auxiliary passenger-side touchscreen.
- The MBUX Hyperscreen is a massive 56-inch-wide curved glass panel that houses three individual OLED displays. Right in front of the driver is the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while a 17.7-inch center touchscreen is for the infotainment system. The passenger also has their own 12.3-inch touchscreen, shielded from the driver and moved away by a camera system that monitors distraction and turns the unit off if they feel the driver is watching too much.
- The co-pilot can use this secondary touchscreen to activate massage, heating and ventilation for the driver and front passenger, as well as to adjust the air conditioning, ambient lighting and audio settings. The passenger can also listen to their own music through Bluetooth headphones while finding and suggesting navigation to the driver.
- It also sports a new feature called “zero layer” in the MBUX infotainment system software. In this mode, a full screen map appears on the center display, augmented by a fixed audio control in the lower center and settings in the upper left corner. With the help of artificial intelligence, the EQS learns more about the driver’s preferences and schedule, suggesting MBUX functions on small tiles superimposed on the map display.
- The Hyperscreen pods and door handle “float” above the dashboard and door panel surfaces, with ambient accent lighting appearing around the rim. Pink colored metal trims have been used on the vents, screen surround and door panels, a trendy touch that looks decidedly upscale.
- In the rear, a bench seat is the only configuration available and no fixed center console here. The bench seat armrest sports an MBUX tablet, functioning as a remote control for the standard 12.3-inch twin screens mounted on the front seat backrests. There is also a quick heating and massage for the rear seats.
- It is also equipped with an optional AR Head-Up Display, where navigation prompts are projected onto the windshield in the driver’s field of vision. It also offers a full suite of active driver assistance technologies standard on the EQS, including distronic adaptive cruise control, steering assist with automated lane change and automatic emergency braking for front, rear and cross collisions.
- If you detect a collision, Pre-Safe Impulse Side technology raises the EQS by about 2.8 inches, ensuring that more force is distributed throughout the car’s chassis rather than the passenger cabin.
- Then it also has a Power Nap function which can be used while charging. The Power Nap function reclines the front seats, closes the window and panoramic sunroof blinds and emits soothing sounds. After a predetermined amount of time, Power Nap automatically wakes passengers up gently by activating ambient lighting and returning the seats to the upright position.
- It is also equipped with an optional HEPA filter and an air quality sensor for outside and cabin air.
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