New Mercedes-Benz EQS Unveiled: Price, Specs And Release Date

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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS, IAA 2019

The Mercedes-Benz EQS has been confirmed as a luxury electric coupe that is expected to arrive in 2021.

  • Based on the Vision EQS Concept (pictured above)
  • 435-mile electric range (WLTP)
  • 469bhp generated by electric motors
  • 0-62mph in less than 4.5 seconds
  • Access to IONITY
  • Interior inspired by luxury yachts
  • Holographic headlights
  • Prices to start from £80,000
  • On sale in 2021

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Mercedes-Benz EQS design

Straight away you can see how futuristic the EQS is. And it needs to be too, especially when you consider that it’s meant to compete with arguably two of the best EVs on the market: the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS 5

High-tech holographic headlights. A slick, low-slung roofline and minimal ground clearance. Panoramic glass spanning the length of the entire roof.

These are all features that are bound to make the EQS a head-turner and are somewhat a staple when you consider what a futuristic vehicle should look like. We’re not sure whether the ‘light belt’ in the grille will make it to the production model though, but you can appreciate its suave looks on the concept model pictured here.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

There are plenty of nods to the EQS’s aerodynamic design when you look at it from side on at an angle. Short overhangs and a narrow sportback style are all incorporated, adding to the car’s naturally low sense of gravity, all of which are bound to improve performance out on the road.

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior

Mercedes has confirmed that the EQS will be based on a new platform that gives it more interior space than its flagship S-Class limousine. That’s a bucketload of room, and as you can see from the picture of the first model (below), passenger comfort isn’t a concern here.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 1

Though the picture above shows space in the EQS is maximised through removal of the B pillar, it’s not yet clear whether Mercedes will go ahead with this as part of its interior design.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS 6

What we can tell you is that the latest version of Mercedes’ infotainment system (MBUX, or ‘Mercedes-Benz User Experience’) will come as standard in the EQS. Design and layout is also going to modelled using the Concept version’s look and feel.

Mercedes-Benz EQS battery and performance

With four-wheel drive and dual electric motors combining to make 496bhp, the Merc EQS is undoubtedly going to be a rapid motor. Take into consideration that, like all electric cars, the EQS has instant power across the entire rev range, it’s no surprise that a 0-62mph sprint will take less than 4.5 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 9

According to Mercedes, the battery inside the EQS can be charged from empty to 80% in less than 20 minutes. It even has an impressive 435-mile range on a single charge, which is way more than the Taycan and Model S.

It should be noted that these figures were achieved in the WLTP test, so real-world range is likely to be slightly less than this.

Mercedes-Benz EQS driving

Some of the latest autonomous driving tech will be available to you in the EQS. A few examples of this include the car being able to steer, brake and keep you in a lane on motorways/carriageways.

The car won’t be fully autonomous however, so you’ll still need to be ready to take control as and when the automated systems aren’t being used.

With masses of space inside and an electric powertrain, the EQS is bound to be very comfortable and quiet to drive and be inside.

Mercedes has designed its flagship EQ model with a battery that’s positioned in the middle of the car too, no doubt to achieve more balance through corners and on winding roads.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 8

Mercedes-Benz EQS price and release date

You can expect to get your hands on a Mercedes EQS for around £80,000. That’s cheaper than the Porsche Taycan but considerably more than the Model S.

It’s due to go on sale in the first half of 2021 and will be the first of many electric models to join the EQ range. An EQE saloon, EQB SUV and EQA hatch will follow.

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