The Mercedes-Benz EQS enters a space that until now was heavily monopolized by the hugely popular Tesla Model S. So let’s look at all the facts and figures and see where the new EQS stands compared to the Model S on paper.
New Mercedes-Benz EQS set to take on segment leader Tesla Model S
Mercedes-Benz has finally released the veil of its long-awaited flagship electric vehicle – EQS. The Stuttgart-based luxury automaker has revealed everything there is to know about this S-Class of electric sedans and visually and on paper the new Mercedes-Benz EQS certainly looks very impressive. However, the car enters a space that was until now heavily monopolized by the very popular Tesla Model S. So can the German beat the American in his own game? Well, let’s take a look at all the facts and figures and see where the new EQS stands compared to the Model S on paper.
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Design and dimensions
Now looks are subjective so we won’t get into that too much, however, you have to agree that the new EQS is a nice car. Now the Tesla Model S is certainly a beautiful car, it has always been known for its futuristic look and sporty stance. However, the new EQS is no different either, it comes with those signature Mercedes lines and that stance that’s all about luxury, especially in the Maybach-inspired two-tone paint scheme.
|Dimensions||Mercedes-Benz EQS||Tesla Model S|
|Length||5216 mm||4980 mm|
|Width||1926 mm||1964 mm|
|Height||1512 mm||1440 mm|
|Wheelbase||3210 mm||2960 mm|
In terms of dimensions, the EQS takes the lead here. With an overall length of 5,216mm, it’s 236mm longer than the S model, while its wheelbase is 250mm longer at 3,210mm, which essentially translates into more cabin space. That said, the Model S is 38mm wider than the EQS at 1964mm, but 72mm shorter at an overall height of 1440mm.
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Electric powertrain and battery
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is available in two versions – EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC and both come with a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM). The EQS 450+ is the basic variant which has a single electric motor on the rear axle for a total of 328 hp and 568 Nm of peak torque. The EQS 580 4MATIC is a premium all-wheel drive (AWD) trim and receives an electric motor on the front and rear axles. Total power in combination here is 516 hp and a whopping 855 Nm of peak torque, good for a 4.1 second sprint to 100 km / h from standstill.
|Characteristics||Mercedes-Benz EQS||Tesla Model S|
|Electric motor||Permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM)||AC three-phase induction motor|
|Maximum energy||328 hp / 516 hp||660 hp / 1006 hp|
|Maximum torque||568 Nm / 855 Nm||N / A|
The Tesla Model S, on the other hand, also comes in three variants – Long Range, Plaid, and Plaid +, but unlike the EQS, all versions come with all-wheel drive (AWD). The Long Range version comes with two electric motors, one attached to each axle and they offer a combined output of 660 hp. The Plaid and Plaid + variants come with three electric motors and deliver an output of over 1,006 hp.
Battery and charging
The Mercedes-Benz EQS comes with a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, promising a range of 770 km certified per WLTP cycle on a full charge. However, the automaker did not provide detailed range options for the model. The car comes with a standard 11kW on-board charger with an optional 22kW charger. However, it supports 200kW DC fast charging, and using those 15 minutes of charging time will give you a range of up to 300km.
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|specification||Mercedes-Benz EQS||Tesla Model S|
|Battery||107.8 kWh lithium-ion||100 kWh lithium-ion|
|Max Range||About 770 km||About 837 km|
|On-board charger capacity||11 kW||11.5 kW|
|DC rapid charger capacity||200 kW||250 kW|
The Tesla Model S, at the same time, comes with a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Long Range variant offers a maximum range of 663 km, while the more powerful Plaid version offers a range of 628 km. As for the Plaid + variant, on paper the model can offer a maximum range of 837 km on a single charge, which is 67 km more than the claimed range of the EQS. When it comes to fast charging capability, Model S supports up to 250 kW.
On paper, the Tesla Model S manages to outperform the Mercedes-Benz EQS both in terms of performance and range. While the EQS offers a host of creature comforts, including a massive 56-inch-wide curved glass panel that houses three individual OLED displays, the Model S comes with a large 17-inch display as its central control. But Tesla’s system lets you do a lot of things like playing a video game or watching a movie and is compatible with wireless controllers. So the two cars are essentially aimed at a different set of buyers and we believe this will allow them to coexist in an electric vehicle market that is still growing.
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