The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS is the German marque’s new flagship full-electric sedan. It will combine S-Class levels of luxury and the silent, potent propulsion that has become a hallmark of electric powertrains. It will also be the first EV to be underpinned by the dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) which is reserved for larger Mercedes EVs such as the upcoming EQS-SUV.
Although technical details have yet to be confirmed, the EQS is likely to be powered by two electric motors - one at each axle, enabling all-wheel drive - as seen in the Vision EQS Concept. In that concept, the powertrain produces 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, which will comfortably get the EQS to 60 mph in below five seconds. Mercedes has, however, confirmed a maximum driving range of up to 700 km (around 435 miles) based on the WLTP cycle. In the Vision EQS Concept, the battery could be charged up to 80 percent in only 20 minutes, although this requires a 350-kWh charger.
The EQS features a curvaceous hatchback body style which should make it quite a practical cargo hauler, while the interior is expected to feature similarly expansive digital displays as seen in the latest version of the S-Class. Scheduled to arrive sometime in 2021, the EQS will go up against rivals like the Porsche Taycan. Pricing is yet to be announced.