The EQS is Mercedes’ vision of luxury for the new era of electric mobility
Mercedes’ strategy regarding pure electric vehicles is to implement a parallel model line, called EQ, which develops a product range that can either be based on an existing combustion model-like the EQA or EQB — or create something completely new; such as the fabulous EQS.
As the top model in the EQ range, the EQS is consequently the most luxurious 100% electric car in the world, and it also introduces a new concept of Mercedes luxury, where design and technology come together to offer an entirely new automotive experience.
The EQS has a clearly avant-garde and extremely innovative aesthetic orientation, with fluid lines and a very interesting approach to the language of bio-design, focused on aerodynamic solutions, which help it reach a coefficient of only 0.20cd, fundamental to maximise the autonomy of the batteries. At 5.126m long, the EQS is bigger than the S-Class and has a striking and imposing road presence, conveying a sense of quality even to those just glancing past.
Up front, the panel that takes the place of the traditional grille houses several driving assistance devices, whilst the huge light bar at the rear makes the EQ range stand out from traditional combustion Mercedes. The turbine rims are simply stunning. The cabin is dominated by the huge central screen array, which Mercedes has dubbed Hyperscreen MBUX. This solution found by the German engineers fits three OLED screens along the entire dashboard, totalling 141cm, and comes standard on the version tested by Essential Algarve, the EQS 580 4MATIC+.
This model, which will be the top version in Portugal, has an electric motor on each axle, a 107.8kWh battery and delivers a maximum of 523 horsepower and 855Nm of torque, which means a sprint to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 210km/h.
Mercedes proclaims a maximum autonomy of 685km. The space onboard is a benchmark for all passengers and the 610-litre boot is the mirror image of a platform specially developed for electric propulsion vehicles. In alternating current, the EQS supports charges of up to 22kW, which allows the battery to be charged in just five hours, rising to ten hours when charging to a maximum of 11kW. Direct current allows for charges of up to 200 kW and 80% autonomy in just 31 minutes.