Watch out Lucid, Mercedes Benz EQS shoots the luxury EV sedan benchmark through the roof. Today, Mercedes Benz revealed the production model of their flagship luxury sedan model, the EQS. The S, pretty much makes it the S-class – which is known as the epitome of luxury – of the EV world. Experts are already speculating that it’ll easily top the $100,000 mark, and rightfully so. But wouldn’t you happily fork out that much money (if you can afford it) over the ‘plain’ Tesla Model S or a Lucid Air Dream?
Let’s Talk Looks
The EQS is the German manufacturer’s first all-electric saloon. Off the bat you can see the similar design elements shown in the EQC. ‘Sensual Purity’, as they put it, is shown across the seamless exterior design.
It looks sharp, sporty, and slim and with the way the A and C-pillars are positioned, it gives a lot space for passengers. The wheels are flush and range from 19 to 22 inches, fortifying the sporty look with an aggressive stance.
The front is combined into a ‘Black Panel’ unit with the headlights connected by a light band and the deep black radiator grille (Black Panel) form the EQ signature face. Three light dots, combined with the characteristic Mercedes eyebrow, form the daytime running light signet. LED High Performance headlamps are standard, DIGITAL LIGHT is available as an optional extra.
Customers can enhance the Black Panel grille. In conjunction with AMG Line Exterior or Electric Art Exterior, they are also available as an optional extra with the Mercedes-Benz pattern, a three-dimensional star pattern. The Black Panel is not all looks, as there are various sensors for driver assistance positioned there – like the ultrasound, camera, radar and lidar.
The exterior mirrors are optimized for aerodynamics as well as to minimize wind noise. High-quality painted contrasting surfaces can be found in the lower area of the vehicle. Flush door handles are standard on all models. A panoramic sunroof, available as an option, consists of two modules that together form a large glass surface. Get this, the bonnet can only be opened by the specialist workshop during maintenance work.
Heading to the back of the Mercedes EQS, the round, coupé-like rear end is ‘sensuously’ designed. In contrast to this is the rear spoiler with a sharp spoiler lip. The highlight at the rear are the LED lamps: Their insides have the shape of a curved and illuminated 3D helix. As at the front, the EQS also has a continuous light band at the rear.
On the inside
The EQS features the crème de la crème of luxury interiors of all the EQ series. As it was purpose built as an EV, the designers had more freedom to take a completely new approach to the interior.
The optional MBUX Hyperscreen is ultimately one ultimate screen for the entire instrument panel. This determines the aesthetics of the entire cockpit and interior. The multiple high-res screens seamlessly come together behind the single glass cover, and the graphic appearance work together. The three displays merge into one another to create an impressive screen band over 141 centimeters wide: Driver display (screen diagonal: 12.3 inch), central display (17.7 inch) and front passenger display (12.3 inch) appear as one visual unit.
Though the MBUX Hyperscreen is integrated into the instrument panel in minimalist fashion, it still shows there’s a lot there. The MBUX Hyperscreen is surrounded only by a thin silver shadow frame, a vent band and a narrow leather frame, reminiscent of the lower volume body of classic instrument panels.
The vent band spans across the entire width at the top and is very slim at the same time. These extreme proportions, together with the glass wave of the MBUX Hyperscreen, create the avant-garde architecture of the cockpit.
The dominant outer vents have a turbine design. They deliberately play on the theme of hyperanalogue through the contrast between high-tech precision mechanics and digital, glass display world.
The front section of the center console joins the instrument panel and stands freely in space. It is a visual reference to the new drive architecture – due to the electric powertrain, no transmission tunnel is necessary (unlike the EQC). Flowing leather surfaces with intricate seam patterns create a lot of storage space in combination with a large cover made of real wood. The visual impression is both modern and luxurious.
The base model without MBUX Hyperscreen has a slightly different center console. There is a soft armrest in the rear section. It is first visually interrupted before being transitioned into the floating central display.
The Electric Art design and equipment line includes the comfort seats. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity of design, they are a beaut. Wrap-around surfaces in the side bolsters create the body support and stand in stark contrast to the seat center panel.
In combination with the AMG Line interior, the EQS is fitted with the sports seats. They are characterized by a slim and monolithic shape. The seat surfaces are designed in such a way that they give the impression of draped-on leather blankets.
There are eight coordinated color combinations for the marvelous interior. Colors such as balao brown-neva grey and space grey-macchiato add the finishing touches to the soft and emotive design. The color rosé gold, derived and evolved from the electric coil, emphasizes the design of the vent band and is used as a contrasting color.
The large augmented head-up display is the highlight here, as it shows relevant information and actions three-dimensionally in the actual driving situation and environment.
How Fast and Far Can the Mercedes EQS Go
The Mercedes EQS comes with decent power. The entry level single rear motor EQS 450+ produces 245 kW of power and hits 100 km/h from zero in 6.2 seconds. If you go for the top spec EQS 580 4Matic, then expect to hit the 100 km/h in around 4.3 seconds, thanks to the 385 kW of power produces. Both variants have the top speed limited to 210 km/h. A performance version with up to 560 kW is being planned.
Depending on you drive and the battery you choose, the maximum WLTP range can go up to 770 kilometers on a single charge – more than you can get out most ICE vehicles today! Goodbye range anxiety. With that range and an output of up to 385 kW, the powertrain of the EQS also meets every expectation of the S-Class segment. All EQS models have an electric powertrain (eATS) at the rear axle, while the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS at the front axle. In the 4MATIC models, the Torque Shift function ensures intelligent, continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors and thus the use of the most efficient eATS in each case. The modular powertrain concept ensures high overall performance and long range.
The EQS marks the launch of a new generation of batteries with significantly higher energy density. The largest battery has a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh (WLTP). That is around 26 percent more than the EQC (EQC 400 4MATIC). Mercedes stands behind its batteries, as the company issues a battery certificate for its high-voltage batteries and thus a performance promise to customers: A term of 10 years or 250,000 kilometers with a remaining capacity of 70 percent.
The new Mercedes me Charge function Plug & Charge makes it even easier to charge the EQS at suitable public charging stations: charging starts as soon as the charging cable is plugged in; no further authentication on the part of the customer is required. The vehicle and the charging station communicate directly via the charging cable.
A DC box with a charging capacity of up to 200 kW is fitted on board for (fast) charging via direct current. High charging currents can be maintained for a long time through temperature and charging management. Power for up to another 300 kilometers (WLTP) is recharged in just 15 minutes.
The actual charging time depends on the battery size, the available infrastructure and the country-specific vehicle equipment. The charging socket is located at the rear right of the vehicle.