The German carmaker has taken the wraps off the EQS, which is based on the 2019 Vision concept. The production car stays true to the concept’s design and offers impressive power and range figures.
Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off its EQS, the first all-electric sedan, which is based on Mercedes-Benz’s Vision concept. The new sedan is positioned alongside the S-Class, with an all-electric drivetrain.
The EQS will debut in two variants. The EQS 450+ offers a power output of 328bhp (245kW) and 458Nm of torque. The other variant is dubbed the EQS 580 4MATIC, which puts out 516bhp (385kW) and 856Nm of torque and comes with an all-wheel-drive layout for its electric motor. Mercedes-Benz also hints at bringing a 750bhp (560kW) version of the same, which we believe could be dubbed the EQS 600 (Hint: Maybach).
The EQS 450+ does a 0 –100km/hr sprint in 6.2seconds, while the EQS 580 4MATIC does the same run in 4.3seconds. The quicker acceleration time is largely credited to its higher power output and the all-wheel-drive system, which gets torque vectoring. The top speed for both models is limited to 210km/hr. Both models get a 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is 26 per cent denser than that of the EQC and offers a range of up to 770km.
The EQS has a few design elements to set it apart from a conventional sedan such as a coupe-like sloping roofline, which blends into the design of the boot. Also, the EQS is a notchback, as the rear opens up like a hatch. The windows are frameless too. Engineers at Mercedes-Benz have designed the car to achieve a coefficient of drag of 0.20, which makes the EQS the most aerodynamic production car in the world.
The highlight of the cabin is the Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen. The screen spreads over 56-inches – almost the full length of the dashboard – and features three individual displays within. The software works via eight CPU cores, 24GB RAM, and 46.4GB per second RAM memory bandwidth, and the screen features 12 actuators to offer haptic feedback.
The question to ask now is – when will the EQS come to the Indian market? Given the warm welcome of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to claim that the EQS would also receive a similar welcome. Now, since the all-electric crossover SUV market is getting populated by the Jaguar I-Pace and the upcoming Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz might have an opportunity to dominate the all-electric luxury sedan space in the Indian market. If so, the EQS could make its way into the Indian market by as early as Q1-2022.