Preview: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS with benchmark interior, more than 400 miles range, up to 516 hp


The S-Class has been the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz range for decades, but when it comes to switching to electric cars, it will at least share this top podium with the EQS.

Last week, the German automaker unveiled the interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan, provided new details on the car’s design and confirmed some new specifications. On Friday, Mercedes published more information about the electric drivetrain, range, aerodynamics, charging capacity and the navigation functions of the EQS.

The EQS will be a rolling tech tour de force, with an interior that will bring the Tesla Model S into mainstream status and potentially set a new benchmark by which vehicle interiors are judged. In short, it could become this generation’s W126, the luxury car template for a generation.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Teaser for 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will debut on April 15, 2021

Teaser for 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will debut on April 15, 2021

On the new modular EVA platform, the EQS is powered by two modular, liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries with a 400-volt architecture. the bigger one A 108 kWh battery is already being produced in Germany. Mercedes-Benz didn’t say how big the smaller pack is, but with the big pack, the automaker said the EQS will have a range of up to 770 kilometers in the European WLTP test cycle. This should result in an EPA range of more than 400 miles.

The EQS offers rear-wheel drive or a twin engine option (front and rear) for all-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz said power will range from 329 to 516 horsepower and at least 406 lb-ft of torque, though a more powerful performance version is in the cards. The top speed is limited to 130 mph. It will also come with three levels of regenerative braking that are selected via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

EQS hatchbacks are cables with DC fast charge rates up to 200 kW that can charge approximately 150 miles in 15 minutes. The optional on-board charger has a charging capacity of up to 9.6 kW, although Mercedes-Benz has not yet specified the standard charging price.

Compared to the Tesla Model S and other electric cars, the EQS will have a smaller front trunk, as part of this area is taken up by the air conditioning components.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

EQS owners can choose how their luxury electric sedan sounds. Two standard soundsces, called Silver Waves and Vivid Flux, will be standard on the EQS. The former is said to be sensual and clean, while the latter is aimed at EV enthusiasts with a crystalline, synthetic sound. A third sound called Roaring Pulse will be a wireless update that can be downloaded and is reminiscent of powerful machines.

We’ve seen Espionage recordings of the EQS limousine, and there won’t be many surprises when the covers come off on April 15th. It will have a coupe-like roofline and a sleek, seamless body design with no sharp lines or wrinkles. A rattling bonnet will cover the fenders, and the front will have a panel instead of a traditional grille to give the EQS a “face,” said Robert Lesnik, Head of Exterior Design.

Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the cab-forward design of the electric car is extremely aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.20. Details also help the car overcome the wind, including the arrow spoiler front and rear wheel spoilers and a rear spoiler optimized for lifting and pulling. There are three aero wheel sizes available, ranging from 19 to 21 inches, which are likely to be packed in low rolling resistance tires. Mercedes will also offer 22s without such an aero-focused design. The drag coefficient of 0.20 makes the EQS more slippery than the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air, making it the slipperiest production car in the world.

In January, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQS’s hyperscreen infotainment system, which consists of a 56-inch screen with three control zones, including one for the passenger only with seven profiles. The interior of the EQS will feel familiar yet new to those who recently stayed in a Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior

The EQS’s dashboard flows into the door panels as if it were a seamless piece with a thin band of LED lighting. There are intricately detailed turbine-like metal ventilation slots on both sides of the dashboard, while the central ventilation slots are integrated into the paneling above the touchscreen display. The dashboard looks minimalist, but different a Tesla or others current Mercedes-Benz modelsAll pears are integrated and not attached.

With no central drive tunnel or gearbox to pack, the EQS uses some creative packaging solutions, including a large open container under the center console for a bag.

Quilted leather sports seats, glossy piano black plastic, real wood, metal speaker grilles, and enough LED lighting to host a rave for five are what would be expected of a luxury flagship in 2021.

Certain parts, including the back seat entertainment screens, door handles, and door-mounted seat controls, can be shared with the new 2021 S-Class. That also means the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.8-inch touchscreen in the center need to be carried over to EQS sedans without hyperscreen, but that’s not a bad thing. Flagships can share.

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior

The hyperscreen infotainment system has 8 CPU cores, 24 GB RAM and 12 actuators under the touchscreen itself to trigger noticeable vibrations when a finger touches the screen. Up to 350 sensors in the EQS monitor its functions, the vehicle environment and the passengers, including body movements and spoken language. Artificial intelligence is also integrated. Mercedes-Benz said the EQS was a cord of wireless software updates for the life of the vehicle.

The navigation system is smart enough to plan the fastest and most convenient route including charging stops, while also considering energy needs based on topography, route, ambient temperature, speed and vehicle system requirements. The system uses on-board data along with cloud computing to perform calculations and react to situations including, but not limited to, traffic, changes in energy demand and the number of available charging stations, their charging capacity and payment functions.

The Burmester surround sound system available in the EQS has 15 loudspeakers and 710 watts of power. The 2021 S-Class Can be ordered with a Burmester audio system that has twice as many speakers (30) and more than twice as much power (1,750 watts), but runs on gas.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan will be unveiled on April 15 and is expected to arrive in the United States later in 2021.

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