If you take a closer look at the electric vehicle market, they are mostly mid-size sedans and SUVs. Never large size sedan – much less large size, mainstream luxury sedan. Well that changes recently when Mercedes-Benz EQ, the BEV arm of German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, introduced the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS.
The EQS is first EQ dedicated MEA (modular electric architecture) platform. In other words, it is the first all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-EQ.
Not only it is designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle; it is a a S-Class level of electric vehicle with a lot to shout about in the specs department.
Specs like up to 770 km (478 miles) of range, rear or all-wheel drive, 245-385 kW (329-516 HP) power output, super low 0.2 Cd drag coefficient, charge up to 200 kW at fast charging stations with direct current, power for up to 300 kilometers in just 15 minutes of charging, charging up to 22 kW with AC using onboard charger, bi-directional charging (in Japan only), up to 107.8 kWh battery, and high recuperation power of up to 290 kW.
MB says its DAuto recuperation program allows decelerating to a standstill with the use of brake pedal while benefiting the range.
At launch, two models will be offered: EQS 450+ and EQS 580. The EQS 450+ produces 245 kW (329 HP) and 568 Nm (419 lb-ft) of torque that enables it make the century sprint in 6.2 seconds.
Meanwhile, the EQS 580 4MATIC puts out 385 kW ( 516 HP) and a metal-twisting 855 Nm (631 lb-ft) of torque, and it is capable of wiping 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in mere 4.3 seconds.
A performance version with up to a whopping 560 kW (751 HP) is in the pipeline too.
The interior is, of course, well-appointed as with any S-Class. However, undoubtedly, the real star of the luxe cabin is a super-wide, curved display that stretches from A-pillar to A-pillar, called Hyperscreen.
Hyperscreen is made up of three OLED display, consolidated under a large cover glass that makes it appears as one single panel.
AI plays the pillar in this super high-tech EV which also feature Navigation with Electric Intelligence that plans the fasts and most convenient route, based on a variety of factors and conditions like charging stops, traffic conditions, and driving style.
It also promised high in-cabin air quality thanks to the HEPA filter and offers an optional “automatic comfort doors” at front and rear that automatically opens the door as the driver approaches the vehicle – the same can be achieve for the rear too, allowing the driver to open door for, say for example, children.
All told, the EQS no less than 350 sensors that allows the onboard AI system to monitors anything from the car’s performance to weather to, believe it or not, the well-being of the passengers.
Last, but not the least, it has a suited of the latest generation of driver assistance systems and safety features.
And oh, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Electric Sedan is first EQS to offer the option of activating completely new vehicle functions via over-the-air (OTA) updates.
It will be the first EV from the pointed star marque to go on sale in the U.S. to which it will happen sometime this Fall.
All images courtesy of Daimler A.G..