The new EQS is the first luxury sedan from Mercedes-EQ, the electric vehicle division at Mercedes-Benz
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is the S-Class of Mercedes-Benz EVs
Will arrive in North America in Fall 2021
The Mercedes-EQ electric vehicle lineup welcomed its first luxury sedan today with the unveiling of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, the S-Class of EVs. The EQS will be the most luxurious and exclusive luxury electric sedan at Mercedes, and will feature many exclusive features and tech.
One-pedal driving, over 500 horsepower, over 700 kilometres of range (WLTP), and the lowest drag coefficient of any production car ever built (0.20) are some of the highlights of the new EQS.
The first model to come will be the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic which, as its name implies, offers all-wheel drive. The 107.8-kWh battery delivers more power than the Porsche Taycan or Audi e-tron GT, and although we don’t have the official North American range just yet, 700 kilometres on the WLTP circuit is quite impressive. The EQS should have well over 500 kilometres of range when it arrives here.
The EQS shares its position in the lineup with the S-Class, but it is built on its own all-electric architecture. It will also offer its own exclusive interior that is highlighted by the available MBUX Hyperscreen that includes four screens built into one long curved piece that stretches across the dashboard. Dual 12.3-inch and 12.9-inch screens along with a centre vertical screen like in the new S-Class are standard.
The EQS gets a new MBUX system that is designed to learn and adapt to the user’s preferences and commonly used functions. A range of other technology find themselves into the EQS including:
- DIGITAL LIGHT – A system that allows the lights to shine warnings on the road
- New ENERGIZING COMFORT modes
- ATTENTION ASSIST with microsleep warning – A system that can analyze the driver’s eyelid movements and provide a display of how the driver assistance systems are operating within the central display
Power and Range: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will feature permanently excited synchronous motor(s) that deliver 516 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. The motors are placed at each axle to ensure all-wheel drive capability. Mercedes-Benz says the EQS can reach 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.
As stated previously, expect between 500 and 600 kilometres of range when the model arrives in North America in the Fall. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz says that 300 kilometres of range will be available after just 15 minutes of charging using a 200 kW charger. The EQS’ onboard 9.6-kWh charger can charge the vehicle to 100% in just 10 hours.
The 107.8-kWh battery is composed of nickel, cobalt and magnesium with cobalt making up less than 10%. The battery is protected for 8 year or 160,000 kilometres.
Measuring over 5 metres in length, the EQS features directional rear wheels which reduce the turning radius to as low as 10.9 metres. On the road, the driver will be able to choose from a variety of sound programs to create a more relaxing or more dynamic experience. The sound will be created through the speakers as the vehicle itself, from the outside, will be silent like an EV should be according to the automaker.
What We Think of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
It is a true Mercedes-Benz flagship vehicle that happens to be electric. We couldn’t possibly hope to cover every technology the EQS has, there are just too many of them. The interior looks stunning with the Hyperscreen, but what we really like about the EQS is the range. So far, Audi and Porsche have come up short in that department regardless of the fact that their EV sedans are impressive.
Mercedes-Benz (or Mercedes-EQ if you prefer) seem to have put a strong emphasis on range, making sure the EQS can compete with any version of the Tesla Model S while offering a much more luxurious and refined interior.