The electric alternative to the S-class is finally here: Meet the all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV. This car marks the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s new era of electric luxury vehicles. The EQS EV uses a new EV platform. The exterior design makes it hard to confuse a traditional S-class with air-flow smooth lines ending in a sloping lift-back rear end. It looks plumb, but it’s a healthy weight. When the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV launches in the fall, buyers can choose between the EQS 450 and all-wheel drive EQS 580 4Matic.
Performance on the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 comes from a single PSM motor producing 329 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque to carry the luxury EV from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds. The higher-spec bi-motor 580 variant offers 516 hp and 630 lb.-ft with a zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds. In the long run, both variants are limited to 130 mph. A high-performance variant is said to be in the works but probably will not come to digital light until 2022.
The new battery pack is 107.8 kWh with a 90 kWh alternative as an option. The estimated range for the 2022 EQS EV is 479 miles (WLTP). Mercedes claims the EQS can charge 186 miles of range in 15 minutes. Inside the EQS is Mercedes’ hyperscreen dashboard measuring 56-inches in length powered by 8 CPUs and 24 GB of RAM. The hyperscreen is an option. Standard EQS EV interiors use a 12.8-inch portrait display, the same as the S-class. Pricing has not been released, but for this amount of tech and luxury, it’s a safe bet the starting MSRP on the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV will be over $100K.
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