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The all-new Mercedes EQS: Electrifying Luxury

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS is the very first all-electric luxury EV saloon from Mercedes, and the very first of Mercedes’s new EQ range of luxury electric vehicles. Built on a brand new modular electrical architecture, the EQS is the brand’s first foray into Mercedes’s upcoming range of luxury and executive EVs.

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The design of the EQS has been designed with its aerodynamics in mind. One feature that can not be understated is the car’s impressive drag coefficient figure of 0.2Cd, making it the most aerodynamic production car in the world. Contributing to this feat is the coupe-like sloping roofline and retractable door handles that sit flush with the body panels to improve its streamlined silhouette. The front vents feature ducts and shutters that open only when cooling is needed, further improving the EQS’s ability to slip through the air.

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Mercedes announced two variants of the new EQS. First, there is the EQS 450+ that produces 328 horsepower and 568Nm of torque, powering you from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds. The second, more powerful variant, is the EQS 580 4MATIC, which packs 516 horsepower and 855Nm of torque. The EQS 580 4MATIC will accelerate from 0-100km/h in an exhilarating 4.3 seconds, thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and dual-motor drivetrain with torque vectoring. Mercedes even offers optional rear-wheel-steering with the EQS, which should prove useful in tight situations.

Both variants reach a top speed of 210km/h, but this would likely be overshadowed by a 560kW performance version that will be announced later in the year. Other variants will also be available down the road.

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At over 5 metres long and just under 2 metres wide, the EQS is more or less the same size as its petrol counterpart, the Mercedes S-Class. However, prices for the EQS will be relatively similar to the standard S-Class, which should give buyers another alternative in reducing their carbon footprint.

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Both variants of the EQS will feature 107.8kWh batteries, which is considerably larger than the 80kWh battery pack in the smaller EQC. Both models of the EQS will feature similar charging times. The EQS can be fully juiced up using a standard 11kW AC charger within 10 hours, or with a 22kW AC charger in just 5 hours. Crucially, the EQS also supports DC charging rates of up to 200kW, which gives you 300km of range in just 15 minutes. Full 200kW DC charges take around 30 minutes.

The Mercedes EQS has a claimed WLTP range of 770km on paper, this figure would fluctuate based on the EQS’s equipment and configuration.

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The interior of the Mercedes EQS looks like something you’d see out of a sci-fi movie. Spread across the whole dashboard is an optional feature that Mercedes call a Hyperscreen: A single curved screen that stretches across the car’s interior width. There are three separate displays which include the driver’s instrument cluster, the central infotainment with climate controls, and a separate screen for the front passenger to fiddle with.

Powering all the displays in the EQS are eight CPU cores and 24 gigabytes of RAM. Though the Hyperscreen is an optional extra, it would be an experience we would look forward to. The whole system is ready for over-the-air updates that help in providing the most seamless experience to owners. The battery management systems can be updated remotely too, which may push for greater battery efficiency too.

On top of the already extensive list of features, the EQS is capable of Level 3 autonomous driving. Though not recommended, you could watch a movie while the car handles all the driving duties. Though like all autonomous vehicles, drivers do have to be at the ready in emergency situations. Standard driver assistance features are also included, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, lane change assist and autonomous emergency braking.

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Europe and North America are in luck as they will get their cars this coming August. Deliveries for the new EQS starts in January 2022 and Singapore can expect to see an EQS on the roads by early 2022.

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