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10 best features of the 2022 Mercedes EQS electric luxury sedan

The Mercedes EQS is chock full of features.

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The 2022 Mercedes EQS is the company's first all-electric luxury sedan. It's designed to be a full-size sedan option for wealthy customers who perhaps want to trade in their Tesla Model S for a new type of luxury ride, without sacrificing traditional Mercedes amenities, technology, and ride quality. Scroll down to take a look at the best features of the new sedan.

Over-the-air updates ensure you're constantly up to date.

Mercedes, like many other automakers, has ensured that its vehicle's software will be frequently updated by installing a modem in the car. This modem allows owners to download updates on the fly and install them while the car is driving, idling, or sitting turned off in a parking spot. Updates can include new drive mode configurations, added features, and fresh navigation points, among other features.

It's the most aerodynamic production vehicle to date.

2022 Mercedes EQS

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Mercedes-Benz says that the EQS has a coefficient of drag value of 0.201. The next closest is the Tesla Model S's value is 0.208, followed by the Porsche Taycan at 0.22. Being the slipperiest model has a number of benefits including a quiet cabin and fuel efficiency.

"Hey Mercedes" supports 27 languages with Natural Language Understanding.

Voice commands are able to control a large number of functions that traditionally require finger inputs on a touch screen or dial. Fresh technology from Mercedes expands the systems knowledge to 27 languages, not just German, English, and French like many voice command systems started out offering years ago. Additionally, the system is able to grasp natural language patterns and words rather than just require a predetermined command for a function.

The car's HEPA filter offers a very high filtration level.

The HEPA filter that Mercedes has installed inside the EQS cleans the air, making it free of fine dust, minute particles, pollen, and unpleasant odors. About 21 ounces of activated charcoal are used in the filter, which has the absorption equivalent of about 150 football fields.

The advantage is cleaner air to breathe and well as less particles that end up on the car's screens and piano black plastic surfaces.

Additionally, Mercedes will offer the EQS with an active fragrance as part of the Air Balance Package. A new scent, No. 6 Mood, offers the aroma of fig and linen. The fragrance takes its name from the It bears the fact that the first electric cars were added to the model range in 1906 with the "Mercédès Electrique" vehicles.

Behold, the MBUX Hyperscreen.

MBUX Hyperscreen

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The screen measures over 56 inches wide and has 377 square inches of surface area. There is no vehicle on the market today with a similarly sized screen. Earlier this year we took a deep dive into the screen. Check that out here.

The EQS can take a nap (and so can you).

Naps are great, even for electric vehicles. When the EQS is at service areas or a charging station, the driver an enable the three-phase Power Nap program. The falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up functionality is designed to increase the driver's performance and give them "new energy".

The short sleep program enhances the interior of the car to a more relaxation-focused zone. The driver's seat is moved into a rest position, closing the side windows and roller blinds, activating the ionization of the fresh and recirculating air and adjusting the ambient lighting accordingly. Mercedes says that soothing sounds and the depiction of a starry sky on the central display support falling asleep in this mode and if Power Nap has been started for the front passenger seat, this also appears on the front passenger display.

Waking up is accompanied by a pleasantly activating soundscape, the car's fragrance component is active, and there is subtle massage and seat ventilation. Finally, the seat is raised again and the roller blind in the roof liner is opened. This ends the program and returns the driver to the task of driving.

The EQS offers an interactive sound experience.

2022 Mercedes EQS: Hyperscreen sound scape Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Ambient lighting helps users customize their ride experience. The new EQS allows drivers to choose their own soundscape, a customized, interactive sound experience that includes various soundscapes.

The EQS comes straight from the factory with two soundscapes: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. Drivers can turn them on and off via the central display. An aura sound accompanies locking and exiting the EQS. An optional driving sound is reproduced by the speakers and projected into the interior.

Drivers are also able to choose from the Energizing Nature and Energizing Comfort listening experiences. Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea, and Summer Rain sounds are also available. In Energizing Comfort mode, other senses are piqued with lighting moods and images. Hyundai and Kia offer a similar listening experience in their vehicles.

Plug & Charge capability means no waiting for credit cards to clear.

2022 Mercedes EQS: Hyperscreen battery state Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The EQS has the ability to plan a navigational route based on charging station locations. When drivers arrive at those locations, they can simply, open the flap, plug in, and the current starts flowing. This is possible thanks to the Mercedes me Charge and the Ionty charging network in Europe. Details about the functionality in the U.S. is forthcoming.

The EQS contains recycled material.

The floor coverings of the EQS are crafted from a new yarn made of regenerated nylon. One ton of this yarn saves over 6.5 tons of carbon dioxide compared to all-new material. The steel processed for the EQS at the Mercedes-Benz stamping plants consists of 80 percent secondary steel, most of which is obtained from recycled steel scrap.

Comfort doors open and close automatically.

2022 Mercedes EQS

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Buyers can add Automatic Comfort Doors to the front and rear of their EQS. When the driver approaches the car, the door handles extend when this option box is checked. As the driver gets closer to the car, the driver's door open automatically.

The EQS will launch in the U.S. market fall of 2021.

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The AWD ID.4 model is on its way.


There was a lot of buzz when VW introduced its 2021 ID.4 all-electric crossover with rear-wheel drive earlier this year, but there's plenty more now that the Wolfsburg automaker has added an all-wheel-drive version. The 2021 VW ID.4 AWD gets another motor onboard this compact SUV that brings all-wheel-drive traction. The SUV appeals to buyers in the snow belt states but will also tickle the fancy of performance enthusiasts. Now with motors on both the front and rear axle, there is nearly fifty percent more power, with impressive gains to horsepower and torque as well as the added battery-electric boost to that scoots the 5-seater from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds (the RWD model took 7.5 seconds to achieve the same).

2021 VW ID.4 AWD An extra motor brings AWD to the ID.4.Volkswagen

On sale now, the 2021 VW ID.4 AWD Pro starts at $44,870, before federal or other incentives; this is a $3,680 premium over the rear-drive model. The AWD Pro S starts at $49,370; both models are eligible for $7,500 income-tax credits. It's worth noting that current delivery estimates for the AWD Pro are running into 2022. The AWD Pro trim has been rated by the EPA at 249 miles (only 11 miles less than the Pro RWD) while the AWD Pro S has been validated at 240 miles (as compared to 250 miles). The AWD Pro has been rated at 102 MPGe for city driving/90 highway/97 combined; the Pro S gets 93/98/88. Both are rated at 2,700 towing. Competitors include the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

While the AWD and RWD look the same outside, one exterior badge designates the newest variant with an "AWD" badge, plus it gets 0.6 inches of added ground clearance, slightly bigger brakes and sway bars. From the front, the electric SUV has smoothed jelly-bean styling that is highlighted by standard LED headlights and standard black roof rails that sit atop the body-colored roof. From the rear, it wears hatchback-like looks.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4's cabin is tidy and upscale, no matter the model.Volkswagen

We drove both the Pro and Pro S versions, with different premium interior trims and found the Gradient Package ($1500) visually upscale and appealing. It brings a black roof with silver rails, along with 20-inch wheels and the availability of King's Red Metallic paint, as a $395 option. The Pro is well-equipped with attractive trim elements and an impressive collection of communication and infotainment technologies. Pro S comes with a glass roof with an electrically-retractable shade and front seats with leatherette upholstery and 12-way power adjustments (including four-way lumbar support and a massage system).

We drove the new ID.4 AWD over a course of 160 miles along a variety of roads to sample its handling and ergonomics. The interior has a clean and open feel with good visibility. Controls and gauges are well-placed and the seatbelts are height-adjustable, while a configurable console holds different drink sizes and has removable cupholders. A futuristic LED "Light" strip with 10 different ambient lighting selections extends across the dashboard and pulses with directional signals, incoming phone calls, navigation prompts and other in-cabin inputs (optional is 30-color lighting selection on the Pro S). Driving is also a bit futuristic with no stop/start button; the vehicle senses the approaching key and can start climate control, unfold side mirrors, unlock doors and illuminate door handles at night, among a number of other high-tech features. There is 30.3 cubic feet of stowage behind the rear seats and up to 64.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Under the floor storage holds the charging cable and small items. Pro S has an adjustable trunk floor that can be raised and lowered and a ski passthrough.

Pushing the brake pedal triggers the ID.4 to begin motoring, with the option of a "D" mode for typical driving or "B" for a more regenerative driving experience. Travel Assist brings semi-autonomous driving. Notable is the fun and responsive torque-on-tap, well-balanced direct steering and a suspension system that allows the small compact to maneuver well through traffic and along twisty roadways, as well as an impressive turning radius. The vehicle dynamics control system is integrated with the stability control system and an electronic differential to seamlessly engage the front axle, when needed. Volkswagen has added a different asynchronous motor to the front with a permanent-magnetic synchronous motor at the back for a combined 295 hp. and 339 lb.-ft. of torque.

2021 VW ID.4 AWD The ID.4 AWD will start shipping in early 2022.Volkswagen

Carried over are 82-kWh battery packs and the 5 to 80 percent fast-charging time of 38 minutes, when using 125kW fast-charging. VW says it can add 62 miles of range in 10 minutes; home charging on a Level 2 charger is projected to take approximately 7.5 hours for a full charge.

Of note: VW includes three years of complimentary charging up to 125 kW, with any ID.4 purchase or lease; VW Group's Electrify America charging network has over 650 stations and more than 2,700 fast chargers.

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Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.


The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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