2022 Mercedes EQS is an all-electric offering for high falutin eco warriors
The first all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-Benz has been unveiled. The car, designed to take on the Tesla Model S, will come to the U.S. in two variants as part of the company's initiative to achieve a carbon-neutral car fleet within 20 years.
Mercedes has designed the car with aerodynamics front and center. Designers were able to achieve a 0.202 coefficient of drag, making the vehicle the most aerodynamic production car in the world.
The car has been built on new all-electric architecture. This is different than the architecture of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Mercedes-Maybach S580 despite the fact that the EQS is a close relative of those models.
The front of the car, as shown as part of the debut, features a 'Black Panel' unit that has a band of lights that connects to it. The grille features three-dimensional star patterns. This Mercedes-Benz Star pattern is available in conjunction with AMG Line Exterior or with the standard Mercedes-EQ body styling.
The 2022 Mercedes EQS 450+ will have 329 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque and gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The 2022 Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic will have 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque at the ready and hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill in 4.1 seconds. Mercedes is working on a higher-performance version of the car that will have up to 630 horsepower.
Electricity is derived from an electric motor at the rear of the car. 4Matic models also have a motor at the front. Rear-axle steering is standard on the EQS 450+. The EQS 580 4Matic comes standard with all-wheel drive.
The debut of the EQS marks the beginning of a new era of Mercedes batteries. The larger of the two batteries available in the car is a 107.8 kilowatt-hour unit that uses in-house battery management software.
Engineers have designed the EQS to recovery energy where appropriate. Drivers can set the the EQS to their choice from three recovery levels via paddle shifters on the steering wheel. There is also a coast function.
Mercedes says that the EQS's range maxes out at 478 miles (WLTP). Expect U.S. electric range estimates to be slightly less.
The EQS can be charged at a rate of up to 200 kilowatts via DC fast charging stations. The German automaker brags that fast charging can give the car another 186 miles of range in just 15 minutes. An on-board charger is available for at-home AC charging.
Charging the EQS is easy thanks to Mercedes me Charge. When utilize the function, the driver can simply drive to the appropriate charging station, open the flap, plug in, and the current starts flowing. No credit card swipe or code entry required.
Mercedes has equipped the car with up to 350 sensors. These sensors recorded distances, speeds, accelerations, lighting conditions, precipitation, temperatures, seat occupancy, the driver's blink of an eye, and passenger speech. The information is processed by control units that are controlled by algorithms that make decisions.
The cabin of the EQS features Energizing Air Control Plus, an air filtration system that uses High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that works to reduce the presence of pollen, pollutants, viruses, and bacteria in the cabin. Using pre-entry climate control, drivers are able to clean the car's interior air before they get in the vehicle. Outside air particulate levels can be displayed on the MBUX screen inside the vehicle. If air quality is low, the EQS may recommend that the driver close windows.
Buyers can check the option box for automatic comfort doors at the front and rear. As the driver approaches the car, the door handles extend. As the driver gets even closer, the door opens automatically. When the driver presses the brake pedal, their door begins automatically close. Using MBUX, the driver is also able to open the passenger and rear doors.
The expansive MBUX Hyperscreen is the prime feature of the dashboard. It offers a 12.3-inch OLED display in front of the passenger as well as two screens in their traditional location (in front of the driver and at the center). The passenger's screen's entertainment functions are only available while the car is being driven in accordance with the country-specific legal regulations
Mercedes has given the model navigation with built-in intelligence that helps drivers find the fastest route that can also include charging stops, based on dynamic functionality. The MBUX system is able to show drivers their battery level and calculate the cost of charging via stations along the route.
The EQS will be capable of over-the-air updates (OTA), These updates will make it possible for buyers to purchase individual functions, subscriptions, and temporary activations as well as allow for free test phases of some products.
Engineers have created a surround-sound experience that can customize the acoustic set-up according to who is in the vehicle. A Burmester surround sound system is standard, as are two soundscapes. Other programs can be unlocked via OTA updates.
The EQS features the next-gen of Mercedes safety technology including Attention Assist, which monitors the driver's eyelid movements using a camera on the driver's display (only available with the MBUX Hyperscreen).
Pricing and an official on-sale date will be announced in due course.