The newest addition in the Mercedes-Benz EQ stable is here – the EQS.
The S is used to denote the most luxurious line of vehicles for the brand – the S-Class – which is the role that this car fills for the electric line-up.
The EQS is also built from sustainable materials, the body is sculpted to have the lowest drag of any production car in the world, and a recuperation rate of 5m/s² will let the car come to a standstill without a brake pedal being touched.
The company also guarantees that any energy fed into the Mercedes Me charging network comes from renewable resources.
What you need to know
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is built on an all-electric architecture and features a cab-forward stance.
The nature of its powertrain allows the car to look strikingly different from its fossil-fueled siblings, and keeps the centre of gravity low for enhanced handling performance.
Speaking of the powertrain – the 107.8kWh battery produces a minimum of 245kW and 568Nm in the entry-level EQS 450+ model, but can push out 385kW and 855Nm in the more expensive EQS 580 4MATIC+ variant.
The battery pack will offer up to 770 kilometres of range, said Mercedes-Benz.
Acceleration from 0-100km/h is done in 6.2 seconds and 4.3 seconds respectively, and top speed is rated at 210km/h for both.
Drive is sent to either the rear wheels or all four wheels, depending on the model, but standard rear-axle steering assures that either model provides a satisfying driving experience.
Both can then be quick-charged from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes – if they are connected to the right fast-charge plug.
Charging times then take up to 10 hours with an 11kW charger, or five hours with a 22kW plug.
On the inside, it is even more clear as to why this car has an S in its name.
It features the MBUX Hyperscreen, an OLED panel that curves from one side of the dash to the other.
The panel has dynamic lighting elements, acts as a hub for controlling vehicle features, and plays audio through a top-of-the-line Burmester sound system.
There are several parking and assistance systems, too, and digital light headlamp technology enables guide markings and warning symbols to be projected onto the road if the driver desires.
In terms of practicality, the EQS can fit 610 litres of cargo in the boot or a maximum payload of 550kg.
It measures in a 5,216mm long, 1,926mm wide, and 1,512mm tall – and has a “weight in roadworthy condition” of 2,480kg.
The pricing and launch date of the EQS is not public as of yet.