2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS: The Other S-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS: The Other S-Class

Published: April 22, 2021 | By: American Luxury Staff

It’s been well over a year since Mercedes-Benz gave us a first good look at the Vision EQS, the automaker’s flagship sedan-style EV. Mercedes finally confirmed that 2022 will be the first year of the model, and concluded a period of detail teases by revealing information and images of the production version of the car.

An ‘Edition One’ of the model will be the market trailblazer, and that’s the version Mercedes unveiled most recently. In pictures, it keeps the two-tone, Maybach-esque color scheme, a pleasant turn of events for those ready to pony up for one of the 50 Edition One examples to reach dealerships.

The production version of the EQS carries the spirit of the concept, including the yacht-inspired interior touch of emulating decking for the console. In profile, its design language voices the crescent, inverting it for the window array, and losing the effusive grace of the brushstroke, upswept lines of the concept.

There will be single-motor and double-motor variants; the former, the 450+ (the plus denoting the long-range version), delivers 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the latter, the 580, comes in at 516 HP and 611 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 times for each come in at 5.5 seconds and 4.1 seconds, respectively. Range for both is a generous 478 miles while top speed is, curiously, limited to 130 mph.  Rear-axle steering can be optioned in 4.5 and 10 degrees.

Inside the cabin, space and tech impress mightily. The dash and instrument panel are a nearly seamless progression of touchscreens and digital gauges; Mercedes calls it ‘Hyperscreen’ and it extends 56 inches from side to side. Interfacing is accomplished through context—a ‘Zero Layer’ interface, in fact, that Mercedes is using to replace menu-driven infotainment and comfort control.

The EQS variants are expected to be in U.S. dealerships this fall.

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