Mercedes-Benz made a grand entry into the EV market, with their first ever all-electric EQS sedan. Daimler chief Ola Källenius intends on dominating the EV market by setting some new standards.
For starters, this all-electric S Class sedan you see right here is currently the world’s most aerodynamic production car with a drag coefficient of 0.2, beating Lucid Air’s 0.21 and the updated Tesla Model S’s 0.208.
Battery and Range :
With a lithium-ion battery pack setup of 107.8 kWh, the EQS has a staggering range of 770 kilometres (478 miles), that right now, only stands second to the 520 miles claimed range of Tesla’s Model S Plaid Plus variant.
Apparently the Mercedes-EQ tag has proved a point finally, years after Tesla ruling the EV arena alone.
There’s a cheaper configuration with a 90 kWh battery pack (EQS 450+) that fetches around 400 miles of range.
Regardless of the battery configuration, it would just need you 15 mins to attain 186 miles of range with the super-fast 200 kW public chargers.
With the standard onboard charger of 11kW it would take you 10 hours to charge the battery pack upto completion, at home. You could also spend more for an upgraded 22kW charger, which would only take 5 hours to charge upto 100%.
The EQS450+ comes with a 329 hp rear drive powertrain. On the other hand, the EQS580 4Matic is powered by a 516 hp all-wheel drive configuration.
The EQS580 being the more loaded trim with a 611 lb-ft torque, takes around 4.1 seconds to do the 0 to 60 mph feat. However the EQS450+ with a torque of 406 lb-ft would need 5.5 seconds to do the same.
The interior is nothing short of abstract luxury, almost to the league of a Maybach.
But the cherry on the cake is the MBUX infotainment system that comes with individual tablets for operation. This infotainment system is basically a stretch of glass that shelters multiple screens across the dashboard of the vehicle, including a 56-inch hyperscreen. However the hyperscreen is optional and you could always go for a lesser expensive, more basic dashboard with an optimal infotainment system.
The system also recognises individual driver and passenger profiles and preferences once you log-in using your fingerprint.
Another cool element is the “Hey Mercedes” voice-command system paired with the augmented-reality navigation in the head-up display. The Burmester stereo can really cancel out the noises from the roads and the wheels. It would almost feel like you’re sailing on a cruise ship. But if you are annoyed about the silence, you could also choose soundtracks to drive with. ‘Silver Waves’ and ‘Vivid Flux’ are the standard sound programs. You could also download a more exotic soundtrack inspired from weather and erupting volcanoes called the ‘Roaring Pulse’.
Automated Driving :
The automation when it comes to driving is more or less similar to the S Class.
That is level 2 semi-automated features ; adaptive cruise control, self-parking assist. Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz is looking forward to upgrading the tech to hands-free level 3 automated driving soon enough.
There’s no official word on this, as of now. But it is only rational to assume the pricing to be lined up with S Class. Let’s say, starting price would most likely hower around a figure close to 100 grand (100k USD).
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