Mercedes-Benz may be a bit late to the all-electric game. However, the brand has nevertheless caught up with the pack with the new Mercedes-EQS. Redefining the segment and its portfolio, the model is the first all-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-EQ.
The Mercedes-EQS represents the first essential piece to the brand’s Ambition 2039 initiative. Within the next 20 years, Mercedes-Benz will work towards offering a carbon-neutral new car fleet. The company also aims to have more than half of its cars feature electric drive systems by 2030.
In many areas, Mercedes is already thinking about tomorrow today. The new EQS is designed to be correspondingly sustainable. The vehicles are produced in a carbon-neutral manner, and resource-saving materials such as carpets made from recycled yarn are used.
Still, it is what the EQS brings to the automobile market that makes this new electric-vehicle exciting.
Aero & Energy Efficient
The Mercedes-EQS is the brand’s first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. It is designed from the ground up to fuse technology, design, functionality, and connectivity in one stylish package.
Part of the design includes making the EQS the most aerodynamic production car in the world. This not only improves efficiency but also delivers significantly lower wind noise levels. Additionally, with ranges up to 770km, and an output of up to 385kW the powertrain of the EQS also meets every expectation of a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment.
All EQS models have an electric powertrain (eATS) at the rear axle. Versions with 4MATIC have an eATS at the front axle. Mercedes is also planning a performance version of the model delivering up to 560 kW.
The model is equipped with a new generation of batteries with significantly higher energy density. The EQS can be charged with up to 200 kW at fast charging stations with direct current. Power for up to another 300 kilometres is achievable in just 15 minutes. The innovative battery management software, developed in-house, also allows updates over the air (OTA).
To ensure optimal use of power, the Mercedes-EQS is kitted with a Navigation with Electric Intelligence system. The intuitive system maps out the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops. The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system also shows whether the available battery capacity is sufficient to return to the starting point without charging.
Although the EQS is a close relative of the new S-Class, it is built on an all-electric architecture. Built on a Purpose Design platform, the car features one-bow lines and cab-forward design with a fastback silhouette.
With its sculpted surfaces, reduced joints, and seamless transitions, the EQS is clearly distinguishable from vehicles in the Mercedes range. The front is combined into a ‘Black Panel’ unit. Innovative headlights connected by a light band and the deep black radiator grille (Black Panel) form the distinctive face.
Automatic comfort doors will be available as an option, allowing automatic access for drivers and passengers. As an exceptionally intelligent vehicle, the EQS will be kitted with up to 350 sensors. This includes systems to record distances, speeds, and accelerations as well as in-car functions. The wealth of information is processed by control units that, controlled by algorithms that make decisions at lightning speed.
The EQS will also offer drivers the option of activating completely new vehicle functions via over-the- air updates (OTA). The model will also feature Energizing Air Control Plus, which ensures optimal air quality in the cabin at all times. The all-round sound experience in the EQS also makes the paradigm shift from a conventional to an electric car audible. A variety of soundscapes allows for an individual acoustic set-up, dependent on drivers’ preferences.
High Tech Features
The MBUX Hyperscreen is the absolute highlight in the interior of the Mercedes-EQS. This large, curved screen unit sweeps almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. Three screens sit under a cover glass and appear to merge into one. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives him or her their own display and control area.
With adaptive software, MBUX adapts completely to its user and makes personalised suggestions for infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions. The intuitive system also houses a new generation of driver assistance systems and driver support functions.
Features of the EQS includes Remote Parking Assist, allowing the driver to park and unpark the car via smartphone. It also boasts Intelligent Park Pilot and Automated Valet Parking (AVP) functionality to park in areas equipped with AVP infrastructure.
With the optional Drive Pilot, the EQS can drive in conditionally automated mode at up to 60kmh. By relieving the pressure on the driver, the system enables him or her to undertake secondary activities such as browsing on the internet or dealing with emails in the In-Car Office, to maximise time efficiency.