New Mercedes EQS performance confirmed and interior revealed: price, specs and release date
Mercedes has announced a swathe of details for the upcoming EQS saloon and revealed the car’s cabin before it makes its debut on April 15th. Read on for more…
- Mercedes EQS confirmed
- 108kWh battery
- 478-mile electric range
- 523hp electric motors
- 2- and 4-wheel drive models
- 90/108kWh battery options
- AMG version on the cards
- Interior design revealed
- Two infotainment systems
- Futuristic Hyperscreen dashboard
- Exterior teased in new images
- Expected to cost from £80,000
- April 15th reveal confirmed
- On sale as early as August 2021
The new Mercedes EQS is an upcoming luxurious all-electric alternative to the likes of the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT and Tesla Model S. It promises to feature even more tech than the recently released Mercedes S-Class when it makes its public debut, which will take place on April 15. With that date approaching, the new car’s performance specs have been announced and its interior revealed.
New Mercedes EQS battery and performance specs
The new Mercedes EQS will be available with a few motor and battery combinations, ranging from the EQS 450+ to the EQS 580 4MATIC.
Entry-level cars will come with a single electric motor that produces 333hp and 568Nm of torque, driving the rear wheels. Higher-spec models will get a four-wheel-drive dual-motor setup with 523hp and 855Nm of torque. You’ll be able to get both single- and dual-motor models with either a 90kWh or 108kWh battery.
Two-wheel-drive versions with the larger 108kWh battery will accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, while four-wheel-drive models manage the same sprint in 4.3 seconds. All EQS models will come with their top speed limited to 130mph.
If you’re looking for outright range from your luxury electric car, you’ll want the rear-wheel drive, single-motor EQS with the larger 108kWh battery. This model will come with 478 miles of claimed range.
The new Mercedes EQS is compatible with 200kW public fast chargers. These can pump enough energy into your car’s battery in 15 minutes to let you drive for an extra 186 miles.
You’ll get an 11kW onboard charger as standard that’ll let you recharge your EQS from a home wallbox in around 10 hours. Not fast enough? Well, you will be able to pay extra for a faster 22kW onboard charger that’ll brim the car’s batteries in 5 hours.
An even faster AMG version is on the cards as well, which should give the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Audi RS e-tron GT something to think about. It could have more than 600hp and accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
New Mercedes EQS interior and infotainment revealed
Before the full car gets revealed on April 15, some new images of the interior have been revealed — along with a raft of details of what to expect.
Mercedes’ new Hyperscreen system makes an appearance in these official images, bringing a digital display in front of the driver, a gargantuan touchscreen infotainment system in the centre and a third screen for the front-seat passenger.
Mercedes has also programmed the infotainment system to learn how you use the new Hyperscreen, so it can give you on-screen prompts to help you find specific features faster. For example, it’ll automatically bring up someone’s contact details if you call them at the same time every day, and it can suggest your preferred massage functions mid-way through a long drive if it thinks you’re getting tired.
The Hyperscreen will cost extra in the EQS, but no word yet on how much exactly. As standard, a slightly more conventional but still large ‘floating screen’ setup will be included, just like the in in the Mercedes S-Class.
Behind this floating screen, you’ll get a customisable trim panel with your choice of finishes, including unpolished wood and backlit black plastic with a load of tiny Mercedes three-pointed stars – just like the new car’s grille.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there’s a 15-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio setup, the option of a few steering wheel designs and wrap-around ambient lighting. There’ll also be the option of infotainment displays for back-seat passengers attached to the front-seat headrests to let you control the car’s stereo, adjust the climate control and access sat-nav data.
New Mercedes EQS design
It’s easy to see that the new Mercedes EQS’s design has been inspired by the Vision EQS concept from 2019. The overall design is rounded and the long, curved roof exaggerates the car’s length — making it look more like a four-door coupe than a conventional saloon.
Mercedes’ signature circular three-pointed star has been set into the front grille and below this sits a broad air intake slot, which will help to cool the car’s batteries. The grille will have a 3D star pattern behind it as well.
The Mercedes EQS’s bonnet looks shorter than the one on the S-Class – largely because it doesn’t need to cover a long petrol or diesel engine.
The new EQS’s curved silhouette has helped make it the most aerodynamic production car on sale, with a drag coefficient of just 0.2Cd (that’s a scientific way of saying it can slip through the air as easily as possible.)
In these photos, you can also make out the rearmost edge of a panoramic glass panel that appears to stretch almost the full length of the roof.
Mercedes has previously teased an image of the new EQS’s rear during a presentation of the new Hyperscreen MBUX infotainment system. This shows the new car will feature a full-width brake light design, along with chrome lower-bumper trim that mimics the shape of old-fashioned exhaust pipes. You’ll see the car in full on April 15.
Images of a clay model have been showcased, too (shown above.) You won’t be able to pick out much in terms of intricate details from this, but it’ll give you an idea of the basic shape of the EQS. You can see the cutout for a huge grille similar to the EQS concept car, as well as the rounded silhouette and mostly crease-free body.
New Mercedes EQS driving
The EQS will also be loaded with the latest in autonomous driver-assistance tech – it will steer, accelerate and brake for you in order to keep you in your lane (and stop you from driving into other cars) on motorways and dual carriageways.
You should expect it to be supremely comfortable and quiet to travel in, and the centrally located battery will help reduce body lean through corners and help with the car’s stability at speed.
The image above of a prototype being tested appears to show the rear wheel steered at an angle. This hints that the new EQS will come with the same clever rear-wheel-steering system as the latest Mercedes S-Class.
This steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels at slow speeds to help you manoeuvre in tight spaces. And, it angles all four wheels in the same direction at speed to make the car more stable.
New Mercedes EQS price and release date
Mercedes has confirmed that it will reveal the EQS on April 15, and this leaked image (uploaded to the ‘imgbb’ photo-hosting website by an anonymous user) appears to show the saloon could go on sale in August 2021. Expect it to cost from around £80,000 – that’s around the same price as the all-new Mercedes S-Class — with the AMG version soaring comfortably above £100,000.
Mercedes has also confirmed a rapid expansion of the EQ brand with an SUV version of the EQS, plus loads more models including the EQE, an EQE SUV, the EQA and EQB. Click here to read more about the full EQ electric car range.
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