There’s no arguing. Since its arrival, the Tesla Model S has set the precedent for all future electric cars to follow. While it may not be the most luxurious and comfortable electric car in the world, the Model S is still a smashing EV. In the meantime, German automakers have been at it, working on creating their own electric cars. Unlike Tesla, their goal wasn’t just to make fast mass-produced EVS, but to carve a luxury segment within this market. And whenever one hears “luxury cars”, Mercedes-Benz is undeniably the name that springs to mind first for many. This notion will be solidified, especially since the three-pointed star has revealed its latest all-electric car – the EQS sedan.
The EQS is Mercedes-Benz’s response to those who want a full-size, full-fledged luxury sedan but in an all-electric avatar. Unveiled initially as the Vision Concept at the International Motor Show in Germany in 2019, this prototype attracted a lot of attention. Meanwhile, the production-spec EQS is meant to be the flagship of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ range of electric cars. The EQS is the brand’s first-ever car to be built on a modular platform that is meant specifically for their luxury EVs. If you are wondering about the other Mercedes EQ models such as the EQA and EQC, those use exiting platforms that underpin its internal-combustion models like the GLA and GLC SUVs.
Initially, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS will be available in two variants – the entry-level 450+ and the range-topping 580 4MATIC. The EQS uses a lithium-ion battery pack with up to 12 different cell modules. Meanwhile, the usable battery capacity is a solid 107.8kWh, offered in both the EQS 450+ and the EQS 580 4MATIC. As far as the maximum range on a single charge is concerned, the EQS 450+ is rated at 770 kilometers. Of course, this is the claimed maximum according to test cycles conducted by WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure). If you have access to a 110 kW DC fast charger, the battery in the EQS can be charged from 10-80 percent in 35 minutes. However, the same feat using a traditional 240-volt household socket will take 11 hours.
The EQS 450+ comes with a single electric motor that is mounted on the rear axle and it generates 329hp and 550Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the EQS 580 4MATIC gets two electric motors (one on each axle), that produce a combined 516hp and 828Nm of torque. Weighing over 2.5 tons, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is definitely not a light car. However, because it has instant torque and an extremely aerodynamic body, performance is brisk.
The all-wheel-drive EQS 580, for example, will go from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.3 seconds. Even the rear-wheel-drive EQS 450+ is plenty quick, hitting 100 kmph in a little over 6 seconds. For improved traction and acceleration, Mercedes-Benz has equipped the EQS 580 with independent torque vectoring. Furthermore, all EQS variants come as standard with adaptive air suspension for a stupendously comfortable and pliant ride.
Speaking of aerodynamics, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan really is quite a slippery car. For an all-electric vehicle, drag is an absolute enemy – both for range and in terms of cabin tranquility. Therefore, designers and engineers at Mercedes have toiled away until they made the EQS so aerodynamic, that it makes some hypercars jealous. In fact, the EQS has a drag coefficient of only 0.20 cd. This makes this 5.2-meter long, four-door luxury sedan the world’s most slippery production vehicle! Who said Mercedes-Benz had stopped innovating? The EQS also comes with rear-wheel-steering as standard. Although, if you pay extra, the back wheels can turn by up to 10 degrees, instead of the usually 4.5 degrees.
The exterior design of the new Mercedes-Benz EQS will surely draw attention, but for all the right reasons. For starters, the coupe-like silhouette looks gorgeous from the side, while the alloy wheels have been specifically designed to slice through the air with the least amount of drag. The front of the EQS features a completely fully blacked-out panel, as there’s no ‘grille’ here per se. There is a long strip of LED that runs between the main headlamps and looks really cool and distinctive.
Meanwhile, the sporty-looking front bumper gets chrome trim and dedicated air channels on either side. The stylish frameless doors get pop-out handles, while there is an ‘EQS’ badge on the front quarter glass area. At the back, the EQS sports beautiful and futuristic-looking LED taillights that come with yet another full-width LED strip. There are also some vents, a boot-lip spoiler, and an air diffuser here.
The cabin of the new Mercedes-Benz EQS is absolutely gorgeous and will truly transport you a little into the future. There is a lot of leather and soft-touch materials in this interior, though you’d be glad to know that the leather used here is totally man-made. However, almost no one will be able to tell the difference as the quality and feel of it is sublime.
Adding to the posh quotient in the cabin of the EQS are the three, high-definition digital displays. There is the 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a large 17.7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, and another 12.3inch display meant especially for the front passenger. Yes, this interior is a screen galore! Moreover, the EQS comes with every premium equipment one can think of, including Merc’s latest MBUX system & virtual assistant, driver-assistance technology, and an array of convenience features.
In fact, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is brimming with so many insane features and amenities, it will make some luxury villas seem archaic. For example, the EQS gets a feature called “Power Nap”. Once activated, what this does is closes all the windows (including the split-sunroof), pull up the sunblinds, reduces the intensity or turns off the ambient lighting, and play specially-crafted tunes to calm you down. Furthermore, the system also reclines the seat in such a way that it helps in promoting a relaxed state of mind.
Then when you are close to your destination, Power Nap will gently wake you up by brightening the ambient lights, rolling down the sunblinds, and will bring the seat back to its original upright position. Told you… The Mercedes-Benz EQS is more advanced and luxurious than many villas. So, will the EQS come to India? Maybe. Will it be expensive? Very.