2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Unveiled With 56-Inch Screen, 770 KM Range
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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Unveiled With 56-Inch Screen, 770 KM Range

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS has a larger battery than the Tesla Model S and it's also the most luxurious electric vehicle to date.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS has finally been unveiled after numerous teasers over the past few months. We’ve already seen at this point its 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen, which will eventually roll out to the German luxury automaker’s upcoming electric vehicles (EV), but what makes the EQS even more important is the fact that it rides on Mercedes’ first-ever dedicated EV platform.

Because the EQS has been designed from the ground up to ride on the brand’s new dedicated EV platform, its design is unlike any Mercedes-Benz before it. While the proportions make it seem like a small vehicle, it’s actually about as long as the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class.

Without the constraint of riding on a platform that’s meant to have a combustion engine like in the EQC and EQA, the hood, therefore, doesn’t need to be as long, enabling designers to give the EQS a cab-forward design. It’s not the most dynamic or elegant in terms of vehicle proportions, especially versus the likes of the S-Class with its long hood, but the cab-forward design provides outstanding interior space never before possible in a full-size luxury sedan.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz EQS

That cab-forward exterior, which has a drag coefficient of just 0.20 Cd, makes the EQS the most aerodynamic car ever created. This is thanks to its smooth, curvaceous shape. Upfront, there’s no grille to be seen but more of a black ornamental piece with the LED daytime running lights flowing on top of it. Look closely, and you’ll see that the black panel features a pattern composed of tiny three-pointed stars.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The smooth bodywork continues to the sides, with the door handles being flushed into the body when the vehicle is locked and in motion. Further aiding aerodynamics is its smoothly curved roofline, which leads to the fastback rear design. Just like the headlights, the LED taillights also feature a single strip that emphasizes its width. Lastly, four wheel designs are available with sizes ranging from 19 to 22 inches.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Interior

Mercedes-Benz says they don’t simply put the ‘S’ moniker in their vehicles unless it truly deserves it, so it’s no surprise that the EQS is probably the most luxurious EV to date. Materials are expectedly high quality, and there’s no denying that powerful 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen dominating the dashboard.

Apart from MBUX’s intelligent voice assistant, this new infotainment also features artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, which analyzes the usual routines of the driver. For instance, when the driver routinely calls a loved one on the way home, the infotainment system will remember this task and ask if he or she wants to make that call again in the future. It’s the same case with other features such as the Vehicle Lift Function. If the driver routinely uses this feature at a certain location and/or at a certain time, the MBUX Hyperscreen will begin to remember this routine command.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Interior

Of course, the EQS wouldn’t be the S-Class of EVs if it didn’t have the expected creature comforts of a Mercedes flagship. Those at the front get massaging front seats, among other features, but those at the rear are treated to the same level of opulence you would expect in an S-Class. As an option, buyers can opt for executive rear seats, which feature recline, massage, and a rear-seat entertainment package that extends MBUX’s functionalities to the rear passengers.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS is also one of the first vehicles to be released with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. For now, the Drive Pilot hands-free driving feature is only available in Germany at speeds of up to 60 kph. Remember the Hyperscreen? While front passengers are able to watch movies or television on their screen, the driver is unable to do so unless Drive Pilot is enabled.

Just like in the S-Class, the EQS also has numerous interior sensors and facial recognition tech. This enables the EQS to automatically adjusting to driver-specific vehicle settings and displaying suggestions through the MBUX screen. In addition, these sensors allow the EQS to notice gestures such as hands-free closing of doors or even when opening the sunroof. The sensors are also able to detect if the driver is taking a peek at the front passenger’s screen. If it does, it will automatically dim the screen so that the driver won’t be distracted.

Two powertrain choices will be available at launch. The base EQS 450 is powered by a single electric motor that produces 329 hp and 568 Nm of torque driving the rear wheels. With this powertrain, 0-100 kph is achieved in 6.2 seconds. On the other hand, the EQS 580 4MATIC features two electric motors that produce a total of 516 hp and 854 Nm of torque driving all four wheels. 0-100 kph is achieved in 4.2 seconds while both configurations have a top speed of 210 kph for maximum range.

Speaking of range, depending on the configuration, the EQS can travel up to 770 kilometers based on the WLTP test cycle with the 107.8 kWh battery pack. This is slightly larger than Tesla’s 100 kWh maximum offering, though the EQS will also be available with a 90 kWh version.

Unlike the Porsche Taycan which is known to feature a high-speed 350 kW max charging rate, the EQS still accepts a decent 200 kW, which should be enough for 186 miles in just 15 minutes. In addition, the EQS’ navigation system is able to determine if it’s faster to stop at two quick charging stations or just one albeit slower charger.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS also features the S-Class’ rear-wheel steering that’s capable of turning the rear wheels at an impressive 10 degrees. Unlike in the S-Class, this comes as standard on all variants of the EQS, and this should make this large sedan have the turning circle of an A-Class.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS is scheduled to go on sale this fall. The EQS is just the tip of Mercedes-Benz’s EV iceberg because the company says that this is just one of 10 EVs to be launched before 2022.

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