Mercedes-Benz revealed the EQS. The first all-electric luxury vehicle is also the introductory model based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric cars.
First models on the market will be the EQS 450+ with 245 kW (electrical consumption NEDC combined: 19.1-16.0 kWh/100 km; CO2-emissions: 0 g/km) and the EQS 580 4MATIC with 385 kW (electrical consumption NEDC combined: 20.0-16.9 kWh/100 km; CO2-emissions: 0 g/km). These all-electric luxury vehicles are produced in a carbon-neutral manner, and resource-saving materials such as carpets made from recycled yarn are used.
The EQS is the most aerodynamic production car in the world. With ranges up to 770 kilometres (WLTP) and an output of up to 385 kW the powertrain of the car also meets every expectation of a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment. All models feature an electric powertrain (eATS) at the rear axle, while the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS at the front axle.
With the EQS, Mercedes-Benz launches a new generation of batteries with significantly higher energy density. The larger of the two batteries has a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh. That is around 26 percent more than the EQC (EQC 400 4MATIC: combined electrical consumption: 21.5-20.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). The innovative battery management software, developed in-house, allows updates over the air (OTA). In this way, the energy management system remains updated throughout the life cycle.
The electric car can be charged with up to 200 kW at fast charging stations with direct current. Power for up to another 300 kilometres (WLTP) is recharged in just 15 minutes. At home or at public charging stations, the EQS can be conveniently charged with up to 22 kW with AC using the on-board charger.
With its one-bow lines and cab-forward design with fastback, the new car is clearly distinguishable from vehicles with combustion engines even at first glance. The design philosophy of Sensual Purity, combined with Progressive Luxury, is reflected in generously sculpted surfaces. The front is combined into a ‘Black Panel’ unit. Innovative headlights connected by a light band and the deep black radiator grille (Black Panel) form the distinctive face. The Black Panel radiator grille with central Mercedes star are also available with a three-dimensional star pattern.
Following the purchase and the initial new-car configuration, some of the features of the EQS can be adapted according to personal preferences. It will also be possible to unlock the rear axle steering with the larger steering angle of ten degrees.
The car is equipped with ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL PLUS system which is based on filtration, sensors, a display concept and air conditioning. The HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter has a very high filtration level that enables it to trap fine particles, micro-particles, pollen and other substances that enter with the outside air. The EQS features up to 350 sensors that record distances, speeds and accelerations, lighting conditions, precipitation and temperatures, seat occupancy as well as the driver’s blink of an eye or the passengers’ speech.
The interior’s focal point is the MBUX Hyperscreen – a large, curved screen unit that sweeps almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives him or her their own display and control area. Mercedes-EQ make use of an intelligent, camera-based locking logic: if the camera detects that the driver is looking at the front passenger display, it is automatically dimmed. MBUX adapts completely to its user and makes personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions.