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.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

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.