Mercedes has revealed pricing for its electric flagship sedan.
Revealed in April, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS combines the luxury of an S-Class with a fully electric powertrain. Does this mean that a large percentage of S-Class customers will automatically migrate to the new EQS? It's a question we haven't been able to answer accurately since pricing for the new EQS hadn't yet been revealed but we now finally know how much it'll cost.
Available with two powertrains and three trim levels, the EV will begin at $102,310 for the EQS 450+ Premium. That makes it $8,790 cheaper than the base 2022 S500 sedan. However, the more powerful EQS 580 is slightly pricier than the gas-fed S580 sedan. At the Premium trim level, the EQS 580 costs $119,110, as opposed to $117,700 for the S580.
For now, the pricing of the high-performance AMG EQS remains unknown.
Outside of the Mercedes family, the base Porsche Taycan is around $20,000 cheaper and is faster than the EQS 450+. However, the Porsche isn't as lavishly equipped.
The price increase from one EQS trim to the next is surprisingly modest, to the point that we'd happily recommend the top Pinnacle trim. The mid-range EQS 450+ Exclusive costs $105,710, while the EQS 580 Exclusive goes for $122,510. Finally, the EQS 450+ Pinnacle is $108,510 and the EQS 580 Pinnacle is $125,310. These prices all exclude a destination charge of $1,050.
The Premium trim includes standard features like heated/ventilated front seats, a power panorama roof, 10-degree rear-axle steering, a parking package with a surround-view camera system, and a Burmester 3D sound system. 20-inch wheels are standard on the EQS 450+ while the EQS 580 gets 21s.
The Exclusive models add multi-contour front seats with massage, a head-up display, an air balance package, four-zone climate control, and a rapid heating function for the front seats.
Finally, Pinnacle models include all the features of the prior two trims as well as power-adjustable rear seats with memory, a comfort rear center armrest with wireless charging, heated/ventilated rear seats, comfort rear headrests, and additional rear USB-C ports.
It's worth noting that the 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen is only standard on the EQS 580, whereas the EQS 450+ uses a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen display. Included with the purchase of every EQS is unlimited 30-minute DC fast charging sessions with Electrify America. These charging sessions are applicable for the first two years.
The new EQS sedan will arrive at dealerships in the fall of 2021. With plenty of standard features and a lower starting price than the S-Class, it'll be fascinating to see how the market responds in the months ahead.