We’ve seen electric Mercs before but never one with such opulence. This is the Mercedes-Benz EQS, a presidential S-Class that took a sharp right into electric-town.
There are many reasons why the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is a big deal. Firstly, it’s the marque’s first S-Class that won’t run on gas, that’s quite a milestone in its model’s 50-year heritage. Second, it sports the world’s lowest drag coefficient of 0.20. Third, it boasts the world’s largest in-car screen at 56-inches, we saw a snippet of this at CES early this year and well, there’s certainly more than enough for us to go on and on about it. But what gets our attention is that the EQS marks a new dawn for the brand and is, in a certain sense, a symbol of tomorrow’s everyday luxury. Here’s all about it.
Mercedes-Benz EQS: The S-Class of tomorrow
The EQS cruises in with two variants – EQS450+ which is a rear-wheel drive and the EQS580 4Matic, a dual-motor all-wheel drive. In terms of design, it stays absolutely true to the EQS Vision Concept of 2019. The headlights have an LED eyebrow that compliments the grille design and flows all the way to the rear. The body is pure aluminium. In terms of dimensions, the EQS measures 5,216-mm long which is interestingly 106-mm longer than the latest-gen S-Class.
One of the coolest features of the car though is its massive screen inside. While being coated in a single piece of tough Gorilla Glass, MBUX Hyperscreen quite literally spans the entire dashboard which incorporates three displays. Upon close inspection, you’ll see that most of the screen is an LCD display, except the passenger display which is OLED for a better viewing experience. Of course, with all this beauty, comes brains too. The Hyperscreen comes packed with machine-learning powered widgets over its ED map. The screen actually understands driver behaviour and surfaces info based on usage data.
Powering this deluxe cruiser of tomorrow is a 400-volt powertrain which is fed by a low-cobalt battery pack with 107.8 kWh. Everything here is purely in-house and offers an impressive 478 miles or 770 kilometres on a full charge. The most potent engine churns out 523-horsepower and 856-Nm of torque. More so, there’s a much more powerful EQS in the works which is said to produce up to 700-horsepower.
Considering we already have a few electric models in India, we can expect the Mercedes-Benz EQS to make a debut in India as well. It’s hard to place a chip on what this would be priced at but we’re expecting a pretty hefty one.
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