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2022 Mercedes EQS is an all-electric offering for high falutin eco warriors

The Mercedes EQS is the most aerodynamic production car to date.

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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.

2022 Mercedes EQS: Exterior

2022 Mercedes EQS: Exterior

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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.

2022 Mercedes EQS: Hyperscreen

2022 Mercedes EQS: Hyperscreen navigation

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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

2022 Mercedes EQS: Interior

2022 Mercedes EQS: Interior cockpit

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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.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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