New Mercedes EQS teased ahead of possible April reveal: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett and Sam Naylor
January 19, 2021

The upcoming Mercedes EQS will be an alternative to the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan when it goes on sale in 2021. Read on for everything we know so far.

  • Mercedes EQS confirmed
  • 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
  • April reveal possible
  • On sale as early as August 2021

The new Mercedes EQS is a luxurious all-electric alternative to the likes of the Porsche Taycan, Audi RS e-tron and Tesla Model S. It promises to feature even more tech than the recently released Mercedes S-Class when it makes its public debut, as early as April 2021. These new photos of a prototype give you your best look yet at this upcoming electric car.

New Mercedes EQS design

It’s clear to see that the new Mercedes EQS’s design has been heavily inspired by the Vision EQS concept (shown above) that was revealed in 2019. The overall design is quite rounded and the long, curved roof exaggerates the car’s length and makes it look more like a four-door coupe than a conventional saloon.

This prototype gives you your best look yet at the new EQS.

A large circular three-pointed star has been set into the front grille and below this is a long air intake slot, presumably to help keep the car’s batteries cool. A distinctive pair of holographic-lens headlamps can also be seen and beneath these sit what look like cameras and sensors that form part of the car’s driver-assistance systems.

This image appears to show the new EQS will sport a full-width brake light.

The Mercedes EQS’s bonnet looks shorter than the one on the S-Class – after all, there’s no need to house a large combustion engine there. The roofline has a very defined arc-shape and it tapers off quite quickly at the rear, and there’s a panoramic glass panel that appears to stretch almost the full length of the roof.

This teaser image is your best look yet at the rear of the new EQS.

Mercedes teased an image of the new EQS’s rear during a presentation of the new Hyperscreen MBUX infotainment system (more on that later). 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.

New Mercedes EQS interior and infotainment

The new EQS will be the first car to feature the new MBUX ‘Hyperscreen’ system. 

The Mercedes EQS will be built using a new platform that’ll help it offer even more interior space than in an S-Class. It’ll be just as luxurious as an S-Class, potentially even more so, and feature the latest in-car tech, including the new Hyperscreen infotainment system (shown above).

On-screen icons will replace almost every physical control in the cabin. 

This system features three digital displays set in a vast single-piece glass dashboard design. It’s the largest touchscreen ever fitted to a Mercedes production car and has been specifically designed to minimise the amount of scrolling required to let you access key features.

Check out the new Mercedes Hyperscreen

Mercedes has also programmed the 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 new EQS will probably use the same infotainment system as the new S-Class, shown above. 

Elsewhere in the cabin, you can expect to find swathes of brushed metal and polished wood, similar to the new Mercedes S-Class’s interior, shown above. There’ll be plenty of personalisation options too, alongside lashings of customisable mood lighting.

New Mercedes EQS battery and performance specs

Dual motors and an underfloor battery pack will help the EQS do 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

Seeing as the new Mercedes EQS will go up against the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, it’s a safe bet that it’ll offer similar performance stats. You can expect it to come equipped with two electric motors (one at the front and one at the back to make the car four-wheel drive) that will produce around 470hp combined. That should allow the car to accelerate from 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds.

The EQS’s batteries can be charged up from empty to 80% full in less than 20 minutes, according to Mercedes, and you’ll be able to drive for around 435 miles on a single charge (under WLTP testing conditions).

The growing IONITY charging network – a joint venture between BMW, Mercedes, Ford and the VW Group – will be available to you if you buy an EQS, enabling ultra-fast charging using stations located near motorways and major roads around Europe.

New Mercedes EQS driving

The Vision EQS Concept featured advanced driver-assistance tech that should filter down to the EQS.

The EQS will also get 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 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.

This EQS prototype appears to be fitted with rear-wheel steering. 

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.

The new EQS will be revealed in 2021.

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 launch the new EQS in the first half of 2021, and this leaked image (uploaded to the ‘imgbb’ photo-hosting website by an anonymous user) appears to show the new EQS could be revealed as early as April and 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.

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.

Can wait for the new Mercedes EQS? Head over to our Mercedes EQC review to learn more about this car’s electric SUV sibling or check out the latest electric car deals

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