Ahead of its arrival in Ireland next September, the EQS is the latest all-electric model from Mercedes-Benz. Inspired by the new S-Class, EQS is portrayed as a car ‘appealing to almost all of the senses’. A fusion of high-tech and artificial intelligence features, it embodies more than 40 new inventions and 20 new design applications.
Given MB’s goal to have a fully carbon-neutral fleet within 20 years, the EQS design team has introduced a ‘modular’ construction method likely to be followed in future battery-electric vehicles. Its features a cab-forward design with a gran coupe like exterior. The EQS will us batteries it has produced and the car will be available in two model variants. The rear wheel drive EQS 450+ (with a single rear axle eATS electric motor) and the EQS 580 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles). The EQS has exceptional aerodynamics and features lots of lightweight components (including a world-beating Cd value in a production car from 0.20). It has an operating range up to 770 kms (WLTP) and this is a significant distance. Power output is plentiful – up to 516hp and a quoted top speed limited to 210km/h. Electrical consumption is 19.1-16.0kWh/100km and 20.0-16.9kWh/100km for the 450+ and 580 4MATIC+ models respectively. Fast-charging systems include a capacity to deliver an extra 300kms (WLTP) power in just 15 minutes (charge-point dependent). There is no pricing yet.
Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland describes EQS as “the embodiment of everything Mercedes-Benz represents in terms of luxury, comfort, safety and specifications,” adding that its modular build and aerodynamic construction makes it “a mould-breaker many of whose features will be seen in future EQ models”.