Mercedes-Benz EQS450+ Malaysia: This RM699k luxurious EV can get from Penang to Singapore on a single cost

Having launched its first electrical car, the EQA, in March, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has now fleshed out its EQ vary of EVs with not one, however three new fashions. Right here, we’re trying on the largest and most essential of those, the EQS. That is Stuttgart’s new flagship, occupying broadly the identical phase because the S-Class, and in contrast to its different siblings, it’s constructed on a bespoke electrical platform.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Malaysia pricing and availability

The EQS is out there in a single variant, the EQS 450+, totally imported from Germany and priced at RM698,888 with out insurance coverage and with the gross sales and repair tax (SST). A four-year, unlimited-mileage guarantee and an eight-year/160,000 km battery guarantee is included with each buy.

This pricing makes the automotive RM10,000 cheaper than the W223 S-Class, which is obtainable in plug-in hybrid S 580 e type and retails at RM708,888. The latter is greater, affords extra energy and torque and clearly doesn’t include the doable vary nervousness of the EQS – even for those who do should cost it for the most effective expertise.

Energy output and charging

The EQS 450+ technically sits close to the underside of the worldwide EQS vary, though it’s not sluggish – not when the one rear electrical motor produces 328 hp and 565 Nm of torque. So geared up, the automotive sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds on its method to an electronically-limited prime pace of 180 km/h.

The ‘plus’ within the identify refers to its prolonged vary – the automotive has the bigger of the 2 battery sizes out there, at a large 107.8 kWh. This allows a powerful WLTP-rated mixed vary of between 631 and 782 km. Given our scorching local weather and the truth that the automotive we get is nicely geared up and rides on the most important out there 21-inch wheels, count on the precise vary to be on the decrease finish of the vary, which remains to be excellent.

So what’s the trade-off? Properly, other than being two luggage of rice shy of two.5 tonnes, the EQS takes achingly lengthy to cost from 10 to 100% utilizing an 11 kW AC wallbox, at ten hours. Fortunately, the automotive can even settle for as much as 200 kW of DC quick charging energy, which might fill the battery up from 10 to 80% in 31 minutes. Drivers can modify the extent of regenerative braking by means of paddles on the steering wheel, feeding as much as 290 kW again to the battery.

All that is suspended utilizing Airmatic air springs and adaptive dampers, whereas rear-wheel steering aids agility and manoeuvrability. The latter is the tamer system, nonetheless, turning the wheels 4.5 levels as a substitute of the eyebrow-raising ten levels out there elsewhere.

New EVA platform, one-box design

Whereas the EQA, EQB and EQC are primarily based on the petrol-powered GLA, GLB and GLC respectively, the EQS rides on a brand new Electrical Automobile Structure (EVA), which additionally underpins the EQE and EQS SUV – neither of which have been launched in Malaysia but.

These automobiles all share the identical look, with a blacked-out entrance finish incorporating a blanked-off grille and a full-width headlight graphic, a one-box profile with a sweeping roofline, flush door handles and one other set of full-width lamps on the rear. Because of the modern – if reasonably featureless – design and flat underbody, the EQS delivers a report aerodynamic drag coefficient determine of 0.20, serving to it obtain its vary determine.

Malaysian fashions include the Digital Mild LED headlamps, which makes use of micro-mirrors to provide the excessive beams an efficient decision of 1.3 megapixels, enabling it to raised block out different highway customers to forestall dazzling them. Additionally fitted is the sportier AMG Line package deal and a Three-pointed Star motif on the grille.

Measuring 5,216 mm lengthy, the EQS sits between the standard- and long-wheelbase S-Class by way of size, however its 3,210 mm wheelbase is simply six millimetres shy of the LWB mannequin. Pop the hands-free powered tailgate and also you’ll discover a capacious 610 litres of baggage area. No entrance boot beneath the stubby bonnet, nonetheless.

MBUX Hyperscreen dominates inside

Step inside (we sadly don’t get the ability opening and shutting doorways out there in different markets) and also you’re greeted with at least 5 screens. Dominating proceedings is the enormous Hyperscreen that spans the width of the dashboard and types a part of the up to date Mercedes-Benz Person Expertise (MBUX), consisting of a 12.3-inch instrument show and 17.7-inch centre and 12.3-inch entrance passenger OLED touchscreens. All three are coated by a single piece of glass.

The centre and entrance passenger screens supply haptic suggestions and pressure-sensitive contact enter, just like Apple’s defunct 3D Contact. To forestall the driving force from getting distracted, the automotive makes use of a digital camera to detect if they’re trying on the passenger show and dims it if sure content material is taking part in. The revised MBUX interface contains a “zero-layer” design to cut back the variety of faucets required to get to any perform and affords predictive solutions, whereas the “Hey Mercedes” voice management can now recognise totally different voices.

However what about these on the rear? That is an S-Class-level automotive, in any case, so passengers on the again get two 11.6-inch shows and two wi-fi headphones, in addition to an Android pill for controlling varied capabilities. There are additionally Qi wi-fi chargers at the back and front, and everybody will get handled to a 15-speaker, 710-watt Burmester 3D encompass sound system.

Just like the W223 S-Class, the EQS will get energetic ambient lighting, which consists of round 190 LEDs. It’s vibrant sufficient to be seen in daylight and will also be used as a collision or door opening warning – and like different Mercedes fashions, there are 64 colors to select from.

Occupants relaxation their posteriors on power-adjustable entrance (with reminiscence) and rear seats, upholstered in plush black Nappa leather-based – matched with Balao brown leather-based on the sprint and armrests and black lime wooden trim – and coming with heating and air flow. Different facilities embody keyless entry, push-button begin, four-zone local weather management and a panoramic sunroof. Oddly for what is meant to be a limo, nonetheless, there aren’t any sunshades anyplace, handbook or powered.

Full suite of driver help methods

Security-wise, the EQS is chock stuffed with the most recent driver help methods from Mercedes. The Driving Help Bundle Plus throws on Distronic adaptive cruise management and lane centring help for Stage 2 semi-autonomous driving, together with evasive steering help and blind spot monitoring. That is along with the usual autonomous emergency braking and lane conserving help.

There’s additionally Pre-Secure Impulse Aspect that makes use of the air suspension to boost the facet of the automotive if it senses an impending facet collision, offering higher crash safety. Park help, a 360-degree digital camera system, seven airbags and rear belt luggage to forestall submaring are fitted as normal.

How does this evaluate to the BMW i7?

The pure rival to the Mercedes EQS is after all the electrical model of the BMW 7 Sequence, the i7. Whereas BMW Malaysia has but to launch the automotive right here, it has opened registrations of curiosity on its web site, so count on the Bavarian limo to reach throughout the subsequent few months.

The i7 is at the moment solely out there in its strongest variant, the xDrive60. With all-wheel drive, 536 hp and 745 Nm of torque, it monsters the EQS 450+, taking almost half a second out of the zero-to-100 km/h time (4.7 seconds). It’ll probably be way more costly than the Mercedes, nonetheless, and it’ll additionally supply much less vary as well – with a smaller 101.7 kWh battery, the i7 musters a most of 625 km on a single cost. An eventual lower-powered variant is a extra probably candidate for comparability.

Because it’s primarily based on the brand new G70 7 Sequence, the i7 additionally has a extra typical sedan design – for those who ignore the controversial cut up headlights and large double kidney nostrils, clearly. Inside, you get the brand new BMW Curved Show with a 14.9-inch centre touchscreen, together with hidden air vents and a brand new illuminated Interplay Bar on the dashboard and door playing cards. However the headline-grabbing function is the enormous 31.3-inch 8K BMW Theatre Display on the rear that folds down from the roof, replete with a built-in Amazon Fireplace TV.

It stays to be seen if luxurious consumers could be tempted by large screens on the entrance or the again of the automotive. The i7’s extra typical limo-like roominess and facilities will probably tempt towkays away from the EQS, though the BMW’s polarising design could scare off this market’s extra conservative prospects. That’s if these in search of a enterprise class cabin on wheels would even contemplate an electrical car within the first place. Time will inform, however the battle between these two trade titans might be fascinating to say the least.

So, what do you consider the brand new Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+? Would you get one, or would you spend your 700Gs on an everyday luxurious limousine? Pontificate within the feedback under.

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