New Mercedes EQS: price, specs and release date
- Mercedes EQS spotted testing
- Inspired by Vision EQS concept
- 435-mile electric range
- 469hp electric motors
- Access to IONITY public chargers
- Built in a CO2-neutral factory
- High-tech holographic headlights
- Expected to cost from £80,000
- Should go on sale in 2021
These latest images of prototypes being tested further confirm that the new Mercedes EQS will draw inspiration from the recent Vision EQS concept.
New Mercedes EQS design
The new Mercedes EQS’ design is heavily inspired by the Vision EQS concept that was revealed in 2019. Although the prototype is hidden under a camo-style-livery, we can see a familiar long, low-slung roofline combined with sills that sit very close to the ground, giving the four-door saloon the look of a sporty coupe.
The panoramic roof runs the length of the car and this emphasises the sleek lines and luxurious character of the saloon. At the front, the EQS has a large black-panel grille that’s partially visible, so it’s not yet clear if the exciting ‘light belt’ that featured on the EQS concept car has made it to the production vehicle.
Complementing the grille is a pair of holographic-lens headlamps. At the rear, the tail-lights are now smoothly integrated into the body shape, unlike previous spy shots, and even though the rear is fairly well hidden, it looks like the rear light bar will run from one side of the car to the other.
New Mercedes EQS interior and infotainment
Mercedes say the interior design will take inspiration from the world of luxury yachts. Ambient lighting and the large panoramic roof will give a spacious and relaxing feel in the cabin and because there is no combustion engine at the front there’s the opportunity to get creative with the interior space. Expect maximum comfort and no end to the personalisation options on offer – just like in a Mercedes S-Class.
The EQS will feature a new version of the MBUX infotainment system. You can expect large touchscreens and a lot of tech, similar to that shown in the brand-new Mercedes S-Class, to help the new car rival the likes of the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan.
New Mercedes EQS battery and performance specs
The Mercedes EQS will offer performance to match its sporty looks. The four-wheel-drive electric car will come equipped with two electric motors producing a combined 469hp that’ll launch the car from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes says you’ll be able to recharge the EQS’ battery from emtpy to 80% in significantly less than 20 minutes and you’ll be able to drive for around 435 miles on a single charge. That’s according to the latest (and stricter) WLTP testing procedures.
EQS owners will get access to the IONITY charging network – a joint venture between BMW, Mercedes, Ford and VW Group. One hundred of the 400 planned charging points in Europe are already working. When the car goes into production, the EQS will be built in a brand-new factory that’s powered entirely by renewable energy and has been designed to be CO2-neutral from the start.
New Mercedes EQS driving
The EQS will also get the latest in autonomous driving tech – it will steer, accelerate and brake for you in order to keep you in your lane (and stop you driving into other cars) on motorways and dual carriageways.
You can expect it to be supremely comfortable and quiet to travel in, and the centrally located battery will help reduce body lean in corners and help make the car stable at speed. It’s possible the new EQS will come with the same clever rear-wheel steering that Mercedes has recently fitted to the all-new S-Class to help make it more manoeuvrable in town.
New Mercedes EQS price and release date
The official release date and pricing for the Mercedes EQS is still to be revealed but you can expect it to be in showrooms in the latter half of 2021 and cost from at least £80,000 – that’s around the same price as the all-new S-Class.
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