You possibly can inform there ought to have been a global auto present this week by the flurry of recent automobile bulletins. These bulletins have already included new battery electrical automobiles from Mazda and Audi, in addition to just a little Hyundai truck that appears to have impressed many. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off an electrical various to its mighty flagship S-Class. Truly, let me appropriate that—it is the primary automobile from a brand new sub-brand, referred to as Mercedes-EQ, and the automobile is named the EQS. And unlike the EQC crossover, this one is certainly happening sale right here within the US.
Don’t mistake this automobile for an S-Class with a battery pack and a few electrical motors as an alternative of an engine and transmission. Though the 2 automobiles share know-how, the EQS makes use of a purpose-designed BEV structure that we’ll see in different, in all probability extra modest Mercedes-EQs. Over within the conventionally powered world, the S-Class has for many years been the automobile to beat for the title of “World’s Greatest,” and the EQS is sticking to that playbook.
The EQS has a drag coefficient that may make a Lucid Air driver marvel if somebody left a window open. It has a spread far in extra of a Tesla Model S Long Range. It might regenerate extra braking vitality than a Porsche Taycan Turbo S. And the dashboard has been changed by 56 inches of AI-enhanced knowledge screens. Oh, and I did I point out the doorways shut themselves?
Mercedes has a history of creating low-drag shapes, however the design crew has outdone itself right here, producing a cab-forward shape that has already drawn comparisons to Chryslers of the Nineties. The EQS has a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.2, which beats the 0.21 achieved by one of many EQS’s startup rivals, the Lucid Aid. With a frontal space of two.51 m2, the EQS due to this fact has a CdA—the quantity that basically issues—of 0.5 m2.
That astoundingly spectacular drag coefficient helped Mercedes-EQ obtain a spread estimate (utilizing the European WLTP take a look at format) of 479 miles (770 km). (For context, the Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus, which has an EPA vary estimate of 391 miles, is rated at 610 km under WLTP.) Nevertheless, the EQS is packing a variety of lithium-ion to get there: a useable 107.8 kWh in whole. (The battery is warrantied to retain a minimum of 70 p.c capability for 10 years or 155,000 miles.)
Mercedes-EQ says that it ought to solely take 31 minutes to DC quick cost the pack (from 10-80 p.c state of cost), though that may require a 200 kW DC quick charger. Nevertheless, the EQS makes use of a 400 V car structure, which implies that in apply, you may not discover any suitable public chargers able to greater than 150 kW.
There are two decisions of powertrain at first. The EQS 450+ is the rear-wheel drive variant, propelled alongside by a 245 kW (328 hp), 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) everlasting magnet synchronous motor. That is enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 5.5 seconds and a prime pace of 130 mph (210 km/h), and the EQS 450+ also can regenerate braking vitality at as much as 186 kW. (A faster Mercedes-AMG BEV is also in the works.)
If that sounds too plebeian, there’s the EQS 580 4MATIC, which provides a everlasting magnet synchronous motor for the entrance axle as nicely. This model has a mixed output of 385 kW (516 hp) and 828 Nm (616 lb-ft), which cuts the 0-62 time all the way down to 4.1 seconds. The 4MATIC powertrain may even regeneratively brake at up 290 kW, which is increased than the Taycan Turbo and, curiously, 45 p.c increased than its most DC quick charging fee as nicely.
I hope you want screens
The EQS’s large quotient of screens shouldn’t be a shock, as Mercedes revealed them in all their 56 inches of glory at 2021’s digital CES. In truth, it is actually three separate screens with a single bonded glass cowl stretching from one aspect of the cabin to the opposite. The principle instrument show for the driving force is a 12.3-inch show. Within the heart of the sprint is the 17.7-inch central show, which makes use of an OLED panel and haptic suggestions. And in entrance of the passenger is one other OLED haptic display screen, this one measuring 12.3 inches. This one will even play video content material for the passenger, however the EQS’s gaze-tracking driver monitoring system will dim the display screen if it detects the driving force taking a look at this display screen.
Should you do not need to poke the shiny screens with a fingertip, Mercedes’ Linux-based MBUX infotainment platform options extremely efficient pure language voice recognition. MBUX additionally makes use of AI to be taught its driver’s habits and optimize routes for charging stations and so forth.
The Mercedes-EQ EQS arrives within the US later in 2021, and whereas pricing hasn’t been introduced but, the $110,000 S-Class might be a good yardstick earlier than any incentives are taken into consideration.