The fully-electric 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan has been revealed ahead of a local arrival in December.
Essentially, the EQS is the fully electric version of the S-Class that will target big spenders currently driving the Tesla Model S or the smaller Porsche Taycan.
Unlike the already released EQA and EQC electric models which use modified platforms from petrol and diesel cars, the EQS uses an all-new architecture specifically engineered for electric vehicles. The foundation will also be used for the EQE sedan and larger electric SUVs.
At launch, Mercedes will offer two grades: the EQS 450+ and the EQS 580, both of which use a 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery claimed to offer a driving range of 770km (WLTP test cycle).
The EQS 450+ gets 245kW of power and 568Nm of torque sent to the rear wheels. The brand claims it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 210km/h.
Moving to the EQS 580 nets motors on both axles to produce 385kW of power and 855Nm of torque. It also gets the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Mercedes says it can hit triple figures in 4.3 seconds.
Interestingly, Mercedes will also offer an AMG performance version of the EQS 580 that produces 580kW of power.
When it comes to charging, both variants are compatible with 200kW ultra-rapid DC charge stations that can add 300km of range in just 15 minutes.
Dimensionally, the EQS measures 5216mm long, 1926mm wide and 1512mm high. For context, the EQS is 37mm longer, 28mm narrower and 9mm taller than a short-wheelbase S-Class.
The car is brimming with safety tech including the Drive Pilot system which allows semi-autonomous driving at up to 60km/h in heavy traffic.
While the exterior balances luxury and modernity without deviating too much from the new S-Class, it’s the cabin that moves the game forward.
The EQS has the option of the MBUX Hyperscreen, a 1410mm wide dashboard panel incorporating three digital displays: a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch passenger display.
Mercedes says the Hyperscreen arrangement uses 12 actuators to provide haptic feedback, transmitted through a single-piece glass panel.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will go on sale in Australia in December, local specs and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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