The Car Connection Mercedes-Benz EQS Overview
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is an electric full-size sedan with a flowing shape and rear liftgate. It is the eventual successor to the flagship S-Class, which is in its last generation as a gas-powered vehicle, and drives electric vehicles into ultra-luxurious territory for the first time.
Two versions are offered at launch: a 450+ with a single motor driving the rear wheels, or the 580 with a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup. Range tops out at an estimated 350 miles.
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Competitors for the six-figure EQS are few. The Lucid Air comes the closest with its prodigious range, while the Tesla Model S offers greater performance, but with fewer luxury bona fides.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS
The EQS turns heads with its unique shape that resembles a teardrop traveling in reverse. Mercedes started development of the car with an aerodynamic goal consisting of a low coefficient of drag of 0.20. The car’s strange shape, retractable door handles, and even wheels serve that goal.
Both the 450+ and 580 come with the same 107.8-kwh battery pack, but with a different number of motors. The single-motor, rear-wheel drive 450+ makes 329-hp and 419 lb-ft of torque, and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive 580 adds a front-mounted motor that pushes output to 516-hp and 631 lb-ft, dropping the 0-60 mph time to 4.1 seconds.
The EQS offers DC fast charging up to 200 kw and it can charge the battery from 10-80% in just 30 minutes. Mercedes also provides unlimited 30-minute charging sessions from Electrify America for the first two years of ownership.
This wouldn’t be an S-Class successor without a luxurious interior and on that front, the EQS delivers. Materials and craftsmanship are impeccable, with a large center console forming posh pods for each front passenger. The only place it falls short of the S-Class is the backseat, which compromises head room and leg room due to the slippery shape of the EQS. An available executive seating package helps some.
Standard features include heated and cooled front seats, panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a Burmester sound system, and many, many active safety features. A 12.8-inch portrait style touchscreen is also standard, along with a 12.3-inch display for the driver but the EQS’ real showpiece is the optional Hyperscreen: a single 56-inch pane of glass covers most of the dash and adds a12.3-inch display for the passenger and a gigantic 17.7-inch touchscreen in the middle that houses nearly all of the car’s controls.
Mercedes includes a standard limited 4-year/50,000-mile warranty, but an extended 10-year/155,000-mile battery warranty.