After a long and extensive publicity campaign, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled the EQS luxury electric sedan. This model, which is actually a production version of the EQS Vision concept, has entered the field with a multitude of advanced technologies to offer a new definition of green transport.
Designed for the future
Although the Mercedes-Benz EQS seems to have lost much of its appeal compared to the concept version, the Stuttgart electric flagship still has a unique and distinctive look. This car is the founder of a new design philosophy for the EQ family, and other models in this series will be produced with a similar appearance.
Given that EQS is based on a proprietary platform, Gordon Wagner and other company designers have freely designed the various parts of this flagship sedan. This car has a very short hood and low height, which has caused the distance between the nose and the A-pillar to be less than usual, which has also led to a high slope of the windshield.
The arch, starting from the A-pillar of the car, extends nicely to the end and on the trunk. Mercedes-Benz refers to this design style as the “single bow”. Interestingly, the front hood of the EQS is fixed and only Mercedes-Benz technicians can open it when needed. You may ask, in this case, how to access the glass compartment, for example. In response, it should be said that to fill this chamber, a valve has been installed on the front fender of the driver.
In the front view, the glossy black panel with the large Mercedes-Benz logo is the main element. Below this panel, tiny stars are scattered and create a beautiful three-dimensional effect. On either side of the panel are headlights with three small internal LEDs. The graphics of these LEDs are in a way that evokes other S series models (including S-Class and GLS). A narrow LED strip also connects the two main lights.
In the rear view, the headlights have an overall structure according to the recurring routine of the automobile world these days. Mercedes-Benz says that in the graphic design of the lights in this section, it has imitated the filaments of an old light bulb.
However, the design style of the Mercedes-Benz EQS is different from other products of the company and other competitors, and it can not be described as beautiful or ugly. Of course, Chrysler has followed a similar style to the 2001 Concorde, but the Stuttgart product has completely different ratios.
Very modern cabin
The EQS cab is a mix of technology and quality. As already known, EQS will be available with a 56-inch panel called a hyperscreen. The entire panel is protected by high-strength glass and hosts three OLED displays. The sample installed behind the steering wheel has dimensions of 12.3 inches and displays the information required by the driver.
But the size of the display in the middle, which is used to control the infotainment system, is 17.7 inches! A 12.3-inch screen is also installed in front of the view of the side passenger so that he can also enjoy his own screen! It is not bad to know that the contents of the screen for the front passenger do not distract the driver, a camera always monitors his eyes. If computer systems detect that the driver intends to look at the side display while driving, they turn it off immediately!
It is important to note that the dedicated side passenger display is used to control messages, manage cooling and heating systems, as well as activate air conditioning, indoor lighting or audio systems. Apart from that, the side passenger can listen to his favorite songs with this display and through Bluetooth headphones or rush to the aid of the driver.
For those who are concerned about the complexity and difficulty of using hyper screens, Mercedes-Benz has defined a feature called “zero layer”. Enabling this feature makes it easier to arrange menus and various components in the hyperscreen. Of course, the Stuttgarters will offer the EQS 450 trim with the current-generation S-Class dashboard. The dashboard has a 12.8-inch stand display for the infotainment system and a 12.3-inch display to provide the information the driver needs.
Like the S-Class, the Mercedes-Benz EQS will be delivered to customers with state-of-the-art equipment. This electric sedan will be equipped with augmented reality based routing system as standard. This system, in conjunction with the head-up display system, reflects the graphics and signs in front of the driver as if they were really on the road surface.
The driver assistance system package is available in EQS as standard with all systems. These include Distronic adaptive cruise control, automatic lane-departure steering assistance, automatic emergency braking and rear-end collision warning.
The collision warning system intervenes immediately to prevent an accident if it detects that another car may be hitting you from the side while cornering.
The Mercedes EQS also benefits from Pre-Safe Impulse Side technology. If the technology detects a side-impact collision in a scenario, it raises the car by 2.8 inches in a fraction of a second to scatter the impact on the chassis.
The Drive Pilot semi-automatic driving system is one of the advanced EQS technologies. This system eliminates the need for the driver to keep his hands on the steering wheel in traffic at speeds of up to 37 mph (59 km / h).
Another interesting technology of Stuttgart’s new flagship is called Power Nap. This technology allows the driver and front passenger to relax in situations such as charging the car at the charging station by bending the front seats, raising the windows, blurring the panoramic roof, as well as playing soft music!
In addition to the items listed, we should also mention the HEPA filter and air quality monitoring sensor. These two, in conjunction with the Energizing Air Control feature, allow the driver to constantly monitor the air quality inside and outside the cabin.
Extraordinary technical specifications
The Mercedes-Benz EQS first enters the market in two trims. The base trim will carry the code 450+ and the top category trim will carry the code 580 4MATIC. The power supply for both trims is a 108.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. But the Trim 450+ gets its power from an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The engine produces 329 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque and accelerates the car to 60 mph (96 km / h) in 6.2 seconds.
In contrast, the EQS 580 4MATIC propulsion system, as its name suggests, consists of two electric motors and all four wheels are actuated. The two engines produce a total of 516 horsepower and 828 Nm of torque. Relying on this powerful propulsion, the EQS 580 4MATIC can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km / h) in 4.1 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz has announced the EQS family’s range of 770 km according to the WLTP standard. However, given that these cycles of this standard are less adapted to everyday conditions, it is unlikely that EQS will be able to achieve this figure. However, Mercedes-Benz claims that advanced aerodynamics is one of the key factors in achieving such a significant record.
The Mercedes Ground spacecraft also supports fast charging technology, and with 35 minutes of connection to a 110 kW socket, it can be charged up to 80% of its battery capacity. You also have to wait 11 hours to charge the battery with 240V.
Unlike the Porsche Taikan or Hyundai Ionic 5, which support a 350 kW charge rate, the maximum EQS charging speed does not exceed 200 kW. If such a socket is used, the energy required to cover a distance of 300 km is stored in the EQS battery with a 15-minute charge.
Price and time of supply
Sales of EQS are scheduled to begin this fall. This car is one of the ten electric models that Mercedes-Benz will offer before 2022. There is no word on the price at this time, but the base + 450 trim is priced at around $ 110,000 and the 580 trim is priced at around $ 120,000. The price of the most equipped version is estimated at about $ 150,000. Porsche Taikan, Tesla Model S and Lucid Air are the main competitors of Mercedes-Benz EQS.