- Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first electric car for the US, the flagship EQS sedan on Thursday.
- The EQS will have a 478-mile range and a gigantic 56-inch “Hyperscreen” as an option, Mercedes says.
- It will hit US dealerships in the fall of 2021, likely carrying a starting price of around $100,000.
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On Thursday, the German automaker took the wraps off of its first US-market EV, the flagship EQS sedan.
There will be two models to start: the 2022 EQS 450+ and the EQS 580 4Matic.
Both cars will arrive at US dealers in fall 2021.
Mercedes hasn’t announced pricing yet, but expect it to be in line with the gas-powered S-Class sedan, which starts at around $110,000.
But the EQS isn’t just a battery-powered S-Class. It’s the first Mercedes built on a dedicated electric platform that will underpin its future EVs.
The 450+ comes with a single rear motor that delivers a rated 329 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes gave the 580 4Matic an extra motor up front, for a whopping 516 horsepower and 611 lb-ft of torque, the company says.
The dual-motor model hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, according to Mercedes.
Rear-wheel steering comes as standard to give the electric land yacht a more manageable turning radius.
As for range, both models get a rating of 770 kilometers – around 478 miles – according to the European WLTP standard.
The EQS will likely get a lower rating from the US EPA, but anything close to 478 miles would put it well ahead of nearly every other battery-powered car on the market.
Plugged into a DC fast-charger, the EQS can go from 20% to 80% battery in 31 minutes.
Judging by the numbers alone, Mercedes is diving into the electric market guns blazing, delivering an EV that can go toe-to-toe with lauded models like the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.
Mercedes also pulled out all the stops for the EQS’ interior.
The centerpiece of the EV’s cockpit is a massive, 56-inch wide screen that spans the entire width of the car.
The “MBUX Hyperscreen” is actually a single piece of glass with three OLED displays underneath: a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a 17.7-inch center screen, and a 12.3-inch display for the passenger.
That all comes on the upper-trim 580. The 450+ gets a more conventional center display instead of the Hyperscreen.
Mercedes’ latest driver-assistance suite comes standard, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic parking.
Lavish features like heated leather seats and 64-color ambient lighting also come standard.
A long list of add ons are available, including doors that open and close electronically, an “Executive Rear Seat Package” with massaging seats and a tablet, and a heads-up display.
Buyers can also add a gesture control feature that lets them do things like close the doors by waving their hands.
In addition to the two models hitting the market this fall, Mercedes has plans for a performance model with 630 horsepower.