The highly anticipated, all-electric Mercedes EQS was revealed on 15th April. The design for the luxury saloon has been inspired by the Vision EQS concept from 2019.
Before the release, we received a couple of details as to what to expect from the German automakers luxury addition to the EQ range, and we haven’t been disappointed. The EQS looks as though it will go head-to-head with other top-of-the-range EVs, including the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT and Tesla Model S.
The EQS Interior
First of all, Mercedes released details about the EQS’ interior at the end of March. As with a lot of electric vehicles, the EQS features a host of new technology, including the option for a ‘Hyperscreen’. The new Hyperscreen can be seen in the image below and features a digital display for the driver, a massive touchscreen in the centre console and a third screen for the front-seat passenger.
The screen will use the hugely popular MBUX infotainment system.
Additionally, it has been rumoured you have the option to pay extra to get more screens for the rear-seated passengers. These screens will be attached to the front-seat headrests.
The price for the Hyperscreen add-on has not yet been revealed. The standard option will be similar to the ‘floating screen’ found in the 2021 Mercedes S-Class.
Compared to the regular S-Class, the EQS comes with a coupé-like basic shape with a flat windscreen. Mercedes claims the frontal area is roughly the same size as the regular S-Class.
Mercedes announced the design changes to the EQS brings ‘numerous aerodynamic and aeroacoustic advantages’. The new design has been created to reduce wind noise and increase efficiency.
Mercedes EQS Performance
Furthermore, before the reveal, Mercedes had already announced many of the performance statistics for the EQS.
The top-spec EQS will have a WLTP range of up to 479 miles (770 km). This makes the EQS one of the best electric vehicles for how far it can travel on a single charge, only being eclipsed by Tesla’s Plaid+ and Lucids Air Grand Touring models.
Secondly, The EQS will have a limited top speed of 210km/h (131mph) and promised to meet the ‘highest demands for noise and vibration comfort’. The EQS also has a drag coefficient of only 0.20, making it the most aerodynamic production car available.
Mercedes promises shorter battery times through the EQS’s ‘intelligent thermal management’. Also, in only 15 minutes of rapid charging, the EQS can get up to 186 miles of range.
They have outlined how this will improve charging times:
- The Battery can also be preheated or cooled while driving.
- Once the batter is in the ideal temperature window at a fast-charging station, it enables faster charging.
- Coolant flows through the cavities of the aluminium extrusions of the battery frame.
- PTC auxiliary heater (Positive Temperature Coefficient) integrated into the cooling circuit.
Additionally, Mercedes are giving one-year free charging at all IONITY fast chargers with the EQS. Also, their Plug & Charge system allows drivers to simply plug-in at a public station to start charging, without any need to swipe a credit card or tap a touchscreen.
Launch Date & Price
Mercedes announced tonight that the EQS will be available in Europe in August 2021. The price for Mercedes’ new EV hasn’t been released yet.
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The Mercedes EQS Specifications
- Up to 770 km (479 miles) of WLTP range
- Two battery versions:
107.8 kWh of usable battery capacity (12 modules, about 9 kWh each)
90 kWh of usable battery capacity (10 modules)
CATL lithium-ion cells (pouch cells or hard-case/prismatic cells), NCM 811 chemistry
400-volt architecture (396 V nominal)
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph):
EQS 450+ RWD: 6.2 seconds
EQS 580 4MATIC AWD: 4.3 seconds
- Top speed of 210 km/h (131 mph)
- Powertrain options:
EQS 450+ rear-wheel drive (single motor): 245 kW and 568 Nm
EQS 580 4MATIC all-wheel drive (dual motor): 385 kW (255 kW rear and 135 kW front) and 855 Nm
performance version: 560 kW in the future both motors are permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) peak regenerative brake up to 290 kW (580 4MATIC) or 186 kW (450+)
- AC charging (on-board): three-phase 11 kW standard and 22 kW option (Europe) Charging time (107.8 kWh): 5 hours at 22 kW AC, 10 hours at 11 kW AC
- DC fast charging: up to 200 kW; 10-80% SOC in 31 minutes up to 280-300 km (174-186 miles) of WLTP range to be replenished in just 15 minutes.
- Length/width/height: 5216/1926/1512
Length/width/height (USA): 5265/1926/1513
- Cd value starting from 0.20 (EQS 450+); 0.209 (EQS 580 4MATIC)
- Boot capacity, VDA: 610-1770 L
- Weight in roadworthy condition: 2480 kg (EQS 450+); 2585 kg (EQS 580 4MATIC)
Payload: 465-545 kg (EQS 450+); 475-550 kg (EQS 580 4MATIC)
Perm. gross vehicle weight: 2945-3025 kg (EQS 450+); 3060-3135 (EQS 580 4MATIC)
- EVA platform