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Mercedes reveals flagship EQS for its EV range

The Mercedes EQS

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the EQS, the first all-electric saloon on the EQ brand. It is described as a flagship luxury saloon for its EQ-dedicated EV range.

The model will launch in the UK with a 333hp electric motor, paired with a 107.8kWh battery, which Mercedes says is expected to allow a range of up to 478 miles (770 km) on the WLTP cycle.

Mercedes says this marks the launch of a new generation of its batteries with significantly higher energy density, while the EQS is the first car to be built on a new platform for executive and luxury EVs. The larger of the two batteries has a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh, which is around 26% more than the EQC model.

The battery will be capable of charging at up to 200kW, allowing a 10%-80% charge at a rapid DC station in 31 minutes, or a 10%-100% charge in ten or five hours with an 11kW or 22kW wallbox respectively.

Mercedes says the EQS has been designed to maximise aerodynamic efficiency, and claims its 0.202 drag coefficient figure will make it the most aerodynamic production car in the world.

“The EQS is designed to exceed the expectations of even our most demanding customers. That’s exactly what a Mercedes has to do to earn the letter ‘S’ in its name. Because we don’t award that letter lightly,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

The EQS also features up to 290kW of recuperation power when decelerating, allowing the car to be brought to a standstill without using the brake pedal.

The car’s interior features a ‘Hyperscreen’ – a curved display running almost the full width of the dashboard, with three screens appearing to blend into one.

These screens can show driving information to the driver while showing entertainment to the passenger – Mercedes says a camera will detect if the driver is looking at the wrong screen and dim that display accordingly.

The infotainment system will also feature a new function showing whether the current battery level is enough to return to a journey’s starting point without charging.

The EQS will also be the first Mercedes capable of receiving completely new vehicle functions via over-the-air updates.

Among the car’s assistance features will be remote park assist, allowing the driver to park and unpark the car via smartphone – Mercedes says this will lead on to technology where the car can head off and park itself in a connected car park, legislation permitting.

The EQS is due to go on sale in late summer.

As part of its Ambition 2039 initiative, Mercedes-Benz is working on offering a carbon-neutral new car fleet within 20 years from now. By as early as 2030, the company wants more than half the cars it sells to feature electric drive systems – this includes fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. In many areas, Mercedes is already thinking about tomorrow today: the new EQS is designed to be correspondingly sustainable. The vehicles are produced in a carbon-neutral manner, the company says, and resource-saving materials such as carpets made from recycled yarn are used. 

See also: Mercedes starts making EQS batteries



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