Mercedes-Benz finally pulled the camouflage off its 2022 EQS electric sedan, and the two-tone paint job is bound to lift some fascinating questions. The German automaker continues to be holding a number of key particulars beneath wraps, comparable to the pricing, however as we mentioned earlier, the EQS is a daring break from the present crop of minimalist electric autos with its huge battery, enormous infotainment display screen, and richly appointed inside.
When it arrives at dealerships in the fall of 2021, the EQS will likely be the first long-range EV from Mercedes in the stores in the US, beating out the EQC compact SUV, which has been delayed indefinitely. As such, it will likely be the first of 9 different EVs that to launch by 2022. And as a shut relative of the segment-defining S-Class, there’s a lot using on the EQS and the firm’s high-stakes effort to outline the luxury EV market.
, so we’ve already seen a lot of what Mercedes is asserting right now up shut. That features the automated entrance and rear doorways, the 56-inch Hyperscreen with the firm’s MBUX infotainment system, the augmented actuality heads-up show, and the varied different luxury automobile accruements that felt each crucial and superfluous in equal elements.
That is our first look at a few of the exterior particulars of the EQS, as Mercedes had beforehand stored the entrance and rear part beneath wraps. Gone is the all-digital entrance finish we noticed with the Imaginative and prescient EQS idea automobile, changed with a “black radiator grille” with a “three-dimensional star sample” that can be present in Mercedes’ AMG lineup.
The headlights are related by a gentle bar, a design that’s changing into widespread amongst EVs throughout completely different manufacturers. There’s no hood decoration such as you would discover with the S-Class, however the EQS did maintain the air vents on both facet of the grille, eschewing the flat, vent-less face of the Tesla Mannequin 3 and different EVs.
The 2-tone paint scheme in the photographs offered by Mercedes is definitely a alternative, and it could show divisive relying in your opinion about dueling exterior colours. It’s not fully out of the blue, although: Mercedes does provide . And there’s something to be mentioned for an try and suppose outdoors of the monochromatic field. That mentioned, this gained’t be the solely end provided and a fast journey to Mercedes’ on-line configurator is bound to disclose different choices.
The EQS will likely be out there in two trim ranges to begin out: the rear-wheel drive EQS 450+ and dual-motor, all-wheel drive 580 4MATIC. Frustratingly, Mercedes didn’t reveal pricing data for both variant, although we should always anticipate each to promote for over six figures. (By means of comparability, the base mannequin of the S-Class is priced at $110,000.) Each fashions will include a 107.8kWh battery pack, although Mercedes has mentioned it additionally plans to promote a model with a smaller, 90kWh battery as properly.
Constructed on a brand-new electric automobile structure for Mercedes, the EQS is predicted to get 770 kilometers of vary — or 478 miles — primarily based on the European WLTP cycle. That quantity will most probably drop when it’s ultimately examined by the US EPA, although it might nonetheless beat out the longest vary Tesla Mannequin S. Regardless, it’s loads of vary for each day driving and even medium to longer journeys and will definitely set the customary for the luxury EV market.
In fact, EVs nonetheless symbolize a small fraction of general automobile gross sales, and luxury autos alone gained’t spur the mass adoption that policymakers say we’ll want to start transitioning away from polluting gas-powered vehicles. However with the proper mixture of energy, vary, and affordability, Mercedes and different automakers can have their work reduce out for them as we transfer nearer to an all-electric future.