By as early as 2030, Mercedes-Benz wants more than half the cars it sells to feature electric drive systems – this includes fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. With the launch of the ‘electric’ S-Class, the brand is definitely in the right direction. The EQS is the first all-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-EQ and with it, Mercedes-EQ plans on redefining this vehicle segment. The EQS is also the first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. Fusing technology, design, functionality and connectivity, the EQS delights both drivers and passengers.
Some seven years in the making, this scalable platform heralds a new era of purpose-built, uncompromisingly electric Mercedes that is built a new vehicle architecture. The sporty, low and slim front of the EQS forms a coupé-like silhouette with a bow (one bow) stretched tightly over the greenhouse. Unique in this segment is the cab-forward design: the overhangs and the front-end assembly are short, the rear is smoothly rounded.
The aerodynamic silhouette with frameless, coupé-like doors and the high, arched beltline are independent design elements in the profile. With a drag coefficient of 0.20, the EQS is the most aerodynamic production car in the world. The round, coupé-like rear end features a rear spoiler with a sharp spoiler lip. Yes, the highlight at the rear are the innovatively designed LED lamps, their insides have the shape of a curved and illuminated 3D helix.
While on the inside you’ll find the theme to be highly inspired by the S-Class, it is the MBUX Hyperscreen that is the absolute highlight in the interior. This large, curved screen unit sweeps almost from A-pillar to A-pillar, incorporating three screens that sit under a cover glass and appear to merge into one. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own controls and display while the cabin is packaged to deliver some astounding levels of NVH levels.
With ranges up to 770 kilometres (WLTP) and an output of up to 385 kW the powertrain of the EQS also meets every expectation of a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment. The EQS marks the launch of a new generation of batteries with significantly higher energy density. The larger of the two batteries has a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh. That is around 26 percent more than the EQC. Arriving in India soon, the EQS 450+ comes with a single 329bhp rear-mounted e-motor that’s powered by a 245kW battery. It’s sufficiently quick, delivering a 0-100kmph sprint time of 6.2seconds and a e-limited topspeed of 210kmph. Internationally, Mercedes is also offering a 516bhp twin-motor all-wheel drive that’s backed by a larger 385kW battery, and Mercedes has already confirmed an AMG’d version with as much as 750bhp.