By B. O’Hare
After over a year of hype and speculation, here it is – the production Mercedes-Benz EQS. An ultra-lux, full-sized electric sedan, the EQS is the world’s most aerodynamic production car with a drag coefficient of just 0.20Cd (when equipped with the optional 19” AMG Line alloys). Set to go on sale in the second half of this year, the EQS will be capable of an estimated 478 miles per charge on the WLTP cycle.
Merc will initially offer the EQS in two trims – both powered by a 108.7kWh battery pack. The base model will be the single-motor, 329 horsepower EQS 450+. Moving up in the range lies the AWD EQS 580 4Matic, which produces 516 horses and can go from 0-60 mph in a brisk 4.1 seconds. Both variants will be capable of that claimed 478 mile WLTP range, which is seriously impressive and as a whole will be class leading (at least until the top-of-the-line Lucid Air Grand Touring // Dream Edition and Tesla Model S Plaid+ arrive).
In terms of charging, Merc says the EQS can go from 10 to 80 percent in just 35 minutes via a 110kW DC fast charger. Meanwhile a 240-volt household wallbox will take a little over 11 hours to manage a full recharge.
Inside is the EQS’ main party trick – the 56” MBUX Hyperscreen. Featuring three individual OLED displays, the Hyperscreen has 8 CPU cores and 24 GB of RAM. It will however, not be standard on the base EQS 450. The entry-level EQS will instead feature an interior similar to that of the new S-Class. This means a single 12.8” center touchscreen paired with a 12.3” digital instrument cluster, and no passenger screen. A host of driver aids will also be on the EQS, as will a ‘Power Nap’ function that lowers the seats, shades the windows and plays soothing music when you want a quick rest when pulled in on a nighttime drive.
Official US pricing is yet to be revealed, but the EQS is expected to start at around $110,000 stateside for the EQS 450+, ranging up to $120,000 or so for the 580. With a decent array of options added, it’s highly probable you could be looking at $150k+ for your EQS.
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