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Electric saloon is spotted with less disguise ahead of sales next year; range of more than 435 miles claimed
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11 September 2020

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan and next-generation Jaguar XJ with its plush new EQS electric saloon, and fresh spy shots of a less-disguised prototype have emerged. 

Test cars have recently ditched the bulky body cladding and fake lights of previous testing mules, giving a glimpse of the headlight and tail-light designs and the overall body proportions. We've now had our first glimpse inside, too, and it looks like the EQS will have the same 11.9in central touchscreen and 12.3in digital display as the recently revealed 2021 S-Class, doing away largely with physical controls.

Mercedes previously confirmed a range of more than 700km (435 miles) for the EQS. Daimler boss Ola Källenius said the new model would also "set the benchmark" in terms of luxury, comfort and safety. 

The EQS will compete with the Taycan and its upcoming Audi E-Tron GT sibling in the flourishing electric premium saloon segment. Test mules feature a low, swooping roofline, with a slim headlight design among the more obvious visible features. 

The EQS is described as being roughly the size of the current CLS. Mercedes previously hinted at the styling of its first electric saloon with the EQS Vision concept at last year's Frankfurt motor show. 

The latest addition to Mercedes' EQ electric vehicle line-up will join the EQC mid-sized SUV and EQA compact SUV in showrooms in 2021. According to officials, the EQS name implies a level of luxury, comfort and features consummate to the company’s traditional S-Class.

It will head what the engineering boss of the EQ sub-brand, Michael Kelz, suggests will be a 10-strong electric model range by the middle of the 2020s.

Whereas the EQC is based on existing underpinnings from the GLC, the range-topping EQS will be the first EQ model to benefit from Mercedes' dedicated Modular Electric Architecture (MEA).

Among the key engineering solutions included in the aluminium-intensive MEA platform is a flat floor structure.

In terms of proportions, it has a much shorter bonnet and a more heavily raked windscreen than the S-Class. In combination with the flat floor structure and a near-three-metre-long wheelbase as well as less intrusion from the gearbox and transmission tunnel than in conventionally powered models, this is expected to provide the EQS with greater interior space than Mercedes' current range-topper.

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The heavily curved roofline and relatively shallow glasshouse is similar to that seen on the CLS, while the fastback-style rear contains a liftback-style bootlid similar to that of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé.

The EQS is expected to be powered by two electric motors – one on the front axle and the other at the rear – providing permanent four-wheel drive. In the EQC, this set-up delivers more than 400bhp and some 516lb ft. 

Mercedes has confirmed the EQS will be produced at its main Sindelfingen factory on the outskirts of Stuttgart. It's the third plant in Germany earmarked to produce an EQ model, with the EQC set to be built in Bremen and the EQA at Mercedes' compact car plant in Rastatt.

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1 August 2018
Another luxury, range topping EV.

Still don't see an EV alternative to the vast majority of our driving needs.

Are manufacturers piloting the tech at the high end because the cureebt tech is too pricey and doesn't yet scale at the lower price mass market levels?

Still can't see my next few cars being an EV. I'm at the BMW 4 series end of the market, so not in the market to buy a £60k plus car.

1 August 2018

 Can we have that in English please......?

1 August 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Can we have that in English please......?

Yes sorry about that... very annoying that you can't edit posts... Meant to say where are the mainstream EVs, doesn't seem to be much between low end EV hatches and the super high end Taycans, Teslas and now another high end Merc EV.

25 July 2019

A Model 3 is £36k! 

Mainstream there's the LEAF, ZOE, new Mini, Kona* and soon the ID3 all under £30k, still alot I know but a Focus 2.0 Diesel Auto spec'd to compare against the LEAF is around £27k.

25 July 2019
xxxx wrote:

A Model 3 is £36k! 

Mainstream there's the LEAF, ZOE, new Mini, Kona* and soon the ID3 all under £30k, still alot I know but a Focus 2.0 Diesel Auto spec'd to compare against the LEAF is around £27k.

Ioniq EV too

1 August 2018
It think it's meant to say current :)

25 July 2019

 At least the seem to have put a better rear end on it, always thought it was a bad design.

29 January 2020

Well the EQC has been something of a sales flop with only 7000 produced in 2019 and a somewhat sketchy 50,000 target in 2020.

The issue is all the legacy manufacturers are sourcing their batteries from the same capacity at LG.

29 January 2020
Torque Stear wrote:

Well the EQC has been something of a sales flop with only 7000 produced in 2019 and a somewhat sketchy 50,000 target in 2020.

The issue is all the legacy manufacturers are sourcing their batteries from the same capacity at LG.

Sure about 7000? they'd only sold 500 upto the beginning of Nov 2019 in Europe

28 July 2020

EQS from Mercedes sounds amazing with a 425 mile range which will possibly mean a 125 kw battery at the very least. I bet the cost will be equally amazing. I wonder what Musk will do to retaliate.  The rumour is that he has a 550 mile range car for the updated Model S that also has a 3 speed gear box. Could be another delayed or empty promise

 

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