EQ began with the boring and soulless legacy effort that was the EQC suv: a car I hate the most in the world.
But it’s almost as if Mercedes knew it wasn’t enough, playing a desperate game of catch up in the EV world, as soon after came the stunning EQS Concept concept, and the Vision AVTR. The EQS especially, a Bespoke car built to be electric from the get go.
And now the production version is here, the S Class of electric cars. Built at the new Factory 56, alongside S Class, it’s #MercedesBenz’s best foot into the EV world, so will give us an idea how well the can succeed vs their combustion cars and external rivals: and indeed what AMG will do with it all! So a very important video today.
It features a new generation of batteries, with higher density, and the EQS can be charged with up to 200 kW at fast charging stations giving you 300KM in 15 mins!
Electric Drive Line is the focus here: with a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) in the EQS 450 RWD variant. The EQS 450+ gives: 333BHP, 568NM and a 0-60 of 6.2 secs! Top speed is 210KM.
Other territories get the #EQS 580 4Matic, and AWD #ev car with 523 BHP and two electric motors: 135 kW (front) and 255 kW (rear).
The chassis of the new EQS, with a four-link axle at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear, is closely related in design to the new S-Class. Indeed the size vs S Class is nigh identical with the same length, height, just being marginally slimmer.
Things like DIGITAL LIGHT headlamp technology (light markings on the road), and standard rear-axle steering up to 4.5 degrees (or order OTA update of 10 degrees) also come from S.
Design is weird though: it’s Cab-forward - What does that mean? Kind of like a Prius, with the a pillar closer to the front axle, short bonnet and boot. The plan was clearly distinguishing these from vehicles with combustion engines even at first glance : and it’s worked, but is that a good thing? It is the world’s most aerodynamic car at 0.2CD.
But today is about driving, and the best bit is the SOUNDSCAPES. We get two sound profiles (or off) to start with: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux, and I’ll show you what both sound like in the EQS. We will also check out the whole interior including the famed Hyperscreen with MBUX.
As an option, the EQS has automatic comfort doors at the front and rear. The door handles extend and the driver's door opens automatically: and much more that I can’t wait to show you!
As for the future: we already showed you the EQS 53 AMG. A performance version with 761 BHP, check the video to see the first details of that car. There’s also a smaller version of the EQS to be found in the EQE we recently reviewed!
|Chaîne||Remove Before Race|
|Titre de l'épisode||Mercedes EQS Driving Verdict: Is the Future Bright??|
|Date added||15 septembre 2021|
|Original date||14 septembre 2021|