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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

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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

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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

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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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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

Electrify America

The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz

The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz

The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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