Mercedes unveils EQS all-electric luxury sedan with 478 miles range to take on Tesla
Back in January, we wrote about Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz after the German automaker threw its hat in the ring with the launch of an EQA compact electric SUV with 300 miles range in an effort to take on Tesla. The EQA was part of Mercedes’s plans to offer more emission-free vehicles to consumers to meet targets in Europe and China with a compact electric SUV that promises over 268 horsepower, 300 miles of range.
Just about three months later, the German carmaker is now taking the fight directly to Tesla in the battle for market share as electric car sales take off. Today, Mercedes unveiled EQS, its first-ever all-electric luxury sedan built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform built from the ground up.
According to the company, EQS will go on sale in Europe and the United States in August, then in China in January. The first models arriving in the U.S. will offer up to 516 horsepower and 611 pound-foot of torque. The all-electric range of the vehicles is expected to be about 478 miles (770 kilometers).
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS marks a new era for Mercedes as it forays into EVs. The EQS will be part of its large S-Class car family when it arrives in U.S. showrooms in the fall. The German automaker did not reveal the price for the EQS. However, industry experts expect the price to easily top $100,000.
The EQS comes equipped with an augmented reality system, which also includes a head-up display, that projects three-dimensional graphics such as arrows onto the screens to show drivers where to go.
The EQS comes with a massive dashboard-spanning Hyperscreen. Measuring 56 inches across, and offering up 377 square inches of visual space, the screen is made up of three displays—a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 17-inch infotainment screen, and a 12.3-inch passenger screen—and features nary a physical button.
The dashboard pretty much allows you to do everything from checking the maps, select entertainment options, and adjusting the climate control settings.
“They started at the top,” Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at Edmunds.com. “This is similar to what we’ve seen with some of the other automakers. It’s their most expensive vehicle that is going to come out first.”
“We set the bar very high,” with this car, Daimler Chief Executive Ola Källenius told reporters. “Customers in this segment expect a blend of hi-tech innovation and modern luxury… and that’s what we’re trying to achieve with the EQS.”
The EQS is the first all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-EQ. With it, Mercedes-EQ is redefining this vehicle segment. The EQS is also the first model to be based on the purpose-built architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles.
Below is the world premiere of the all-electric EQS.