The all-electric equivalent of the S-Class, the all-new EQS, made its debut earlier this month, and will make its way to India in early 2022. The EQS is powered by a 107.8kWh battery pack that gives it a driving range of 770km
It has been less than two weeks since Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the all-electric EQS. For the uninitiated, it is the EV equivalent of the popular S-Class. Mercedes-Benz has now listed it on their India website hinting at its official launch in the near future – possibly early next year.
The production-spec EQS is based on the EQS Vision concept that first broke cover in 2019. While the EQS will stand alongside the S-Class, it looks nowhere close to the conventional sedan in terms of styling. The bonnet has a relatively sharper incline and unlike the three-slat grille on the standard model, this one has a single solid piece. The headlight and the bumper are exclusive to the EQS too. In the side profile and at the rear too, the EQS manages to set itself apart from the S-Class courtesy its coupe roofline. Adding to the style quotient, the EQS also gets frameless doors and a notchback-styled boot lid. The biggest highlight of the EQS’ design is its coefficient of drag which stands at just 0.20, making it the most aerodynamic production car in the world.
On the inside, the EQS has taken the game a step forward with its new digital Hyperscreen. The flagship electric sedan gets three all-digital screens – for the instrument cluster, infotainment and one for the passenger at the front. The central infotainment screen features the latest MBUX system. As far as space goes, the EQS promises to take the S-Class legacy up a notch with more room for the rear seat occupants. At 3,210mm the wheelbase of the EQS is 106mm more than its IC engine sibling.
In the international market, the EQS is offered in two trims – EQS 450 and EQS 580 4Matic. The former produces 328 horses and 458Nm, and is only offered with a rear-wheel drive configuration. And the latter, as the name rightly suggests, sends all of its 516bhp via an all-wheel drive system. Mercedes claims that the EQS 450 can do the naught to 100 dash in 6.2 seconds while the 580 can dismiss it in just 4.3 seconds. As far as driving range goes, the EQS flaunts a figure of 770km as per the WLTP test cycle.
There is no confirmation as yet about which variants of the EQS will make its way to India. But before we get to the launch of the EQS next year, Mercedes-Benz will introduce a bunch of new cars in India including the latest S-Class.