Mercedes’ Porsche Taycan Rival is shaping up nicely.
Early next year, the Mercedes-Benz EQC will arrive in US dealerships with a starting price of $69,700, the first of many new EVs that will form the Mercedes EQ family. At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes unveiled the Vision EQS previewing a future flagship electric sedan that will rival the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT, and Tesla Model S. We got our first look at the production Mercedes EQS last month, and now two prototypes of the electric luxury sedan have been caught undergoing winter testing during some heavy snowfall.
Both models are still covered in lots of camouflage as the EQS is still early in development, but the electric sedan is shaping up nicely. We can still see some design changes compared to the Vision EQS Concept, however.
While the concept was a four-door sedan, the EQS prototype adopts a five-door hatchback body style to make the car more practical. Frameless doors also give it a coupe-style appearance.
We weren't sent any new shots of the cabin, but previous spy shots have shown the interior will have a similar layout to the next-generation Mercedes S-Class, with a fully digital gauge cluster and a massive touchscreen for the infotainment system. The EQS will ride on Mercedes' MEA platform and power is expected to come from a dual electric motor setup, with one at the front axle and the other at the rear axle to give the EQS an all-wheel-drive layout.
In the Vision EQS, this setup produces a combined output of over 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, enabling the electric sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and deliver a WLTP-estimated range of 435 miles. With a 350 kW charger, it takes just 20 minutes to charge the Vision EQS up to 80 percent.
The production version will likely be offered with different powertrain options, however. Four-wheel-steering will also be available, but it isn't clear yet if it will be a standard or optional feature. Hopefully, it won't be long until the prototypes shed some camouflage before the production model arrives sometime next year.