Mercedes-EQ’s flagship is a luxurious tech showcase 

Amid the opposite automobiles on the crowded streets of Stuttgart, Germany, the EQS, Mercedes-Benz’s comparatively new electrical flagship sedan, stands out with out attempting too arduous. Not as a result of its design is a break-away in a compelled, unconventional kind of rebellious streak, however as a result of it’s effortlessly futuristic whereas staying inside the three-pointed star’s embrace. It additionally bears the signatures of an EQ however carves its personal luxurious area of interest. The EQS’s sinuous, extraordinarily aerodynamic exterior surfaces may very well be construed as that of an aggressively new ICE mannequin however get behind the wheel and you’ll be excused for considering it’s a cockpit extra apt for Captain Kirk! 

Inside the subsequent few weeks, one of many EQS variants might be launched and be obtainable for pre-orders at your nearest Mercedes dealership. A visit to Stuttgart earlier this month to check drive this electrical saloon was then a needed addition to my calendar. 

Design

Whereas the EQS is Merc’s electrical flagship, it’s not precisely the S-Class equal in its footprint and positioning. However Mercedes designers and engineers have ensured that the EQS has its personal attract. And that begins with its record-breaking aerodynamics. With a coefficient of drag worth of 0.20, it’s the most aerodynamic manufacturing automobile ever. Its strong shiny black bonnet grille main onto the headlamps on both aspect, the linked LED tail-lamps and the flowing traces of the coupe-like physique are Mercedes-EQ logos. The low entrance, the cab-forward stance, frameless doorways and the sporty silhouette seize the essence of the design’s function. And the truth that the joints have been lowered, the panel gaps tightened and roofline has been designed to optimise airflow, whereas maximising inside area, level to the acute concentrate on aerodynamics. 

Additional, the recessed door handles, the graceful, closed underbody and aspect air-vents on the rear increase the EQS’s aerodynamic efficiency. The bonnet design is supposed to assist uninterrupted circulate of air over the steeply raked roofline and its edges overlap the wings with out the necessity for a working hinge to open it. This then signifies that there is no such thing as a ‘frunk’ within the EQS and also you will be unable to open the bonnet (will want some explaining to resort safety workers). The EQS is Mercedes-EQ’s first automobile constructed on a totally new, modular all-electric structure. The others have been transformed platforms initially meant for ICE (inside combustion engine) automobiles. A devoted EV platform delivers much more freedom to each designers and engineers in creating all-electrics with inside parts which might be particularly optimised for efficiency. 

What you see in these footage taken throughout the drive out and in of Stuttgart are of the EQS 580 4MATIC. Nevertheless, MB India plans to first introduce the EQS AMG – the primary electrical AMG. There are prone to be a number of design variations between the 2 mannequin variants. 

Cabin

If the outside design of the EQS wasn’t ‘wow’ sufficient, the cabin is jaw-droppingly futuristic and is certain to go away you surprised. The MBUX Hyperscreen on the dashboard is unmissable; and of all of the floating, under-lit contact panels from the German model that is by far the largest and essentially the most complicated. Loads of electrics and their outsized screens appear overblown, gaudy even in some circumstances, however the Hyperscreen’s magical integration and chic curved 3D development will depart even automotive purists blissful and curious in equal measure. The hyperscreen takes up all the dashboard fascia; prompting observations as as to if “it’s a automobile with a TV in it or a TV round which a automobile has been constructed”. It’s greater than 4 and half toes huge and is definitely a number of screens which were cleverly built-in into one, with a person interface that’s intuitive and consists of unbiased controls and a customisable part of the display screen for the entrance passenger. 

The MBUX Hyperscreen on the dashboard is unmissable

The MBUX Hyperscreen is surrounded solely by a skinny silver shadow body, a vent band and a slender leather-based body. Talking of the supplies used, Merc designers have given the EQS an ultra-modern air, however retained the normal supplies that ship the message of luxurious of their automobile cabins. So, there’s aluminium, wooden veneer panels and lacquered trims inserts which were mixed within the EQS’s cabin. The outer aircon vents on both aspect of the Hyperscreen are a barely totally different tackle the turbine design that has turn out to be a Merc commonplace. The looks of the screens might be individualised with three show kinds (discreet, sporty, traditional) and three modes (Navigation, Help, Service). The Hyperscreen is an non-obligatory fitment if one was to decide on the decrease trim variants or the only electrical motor variations. However, whereas the imported AMG 53 might not get the display screen, Merc India is prone to deliver the domestically assembled 580 4MATIC later and on this the display screen needs to be obtainable right here. 

The remainder of the EQS’s cabin options additionally sport their very own distinctive design parts, although none are as particular because the Hyperscreen. However, Merc hasn’t tried reinventing the wheel and so a few of them just like the seats are solely targeted on delivering consolation and a excessive perceived luxurious really feel. Doorways and their centre panels emerge from behind the Hyperscreen to kind a semi-circular arc. A surface-mounted modular physique floats like a sideboard in entrance of the door panel and homes all needed door parts akin to armrest, door module, pull deal with and map pocket. The huge seats in my check mule had mushy, rounded aspect bolsters; however the AMG line will function slim monolithic sports activities seats. One of many cabin’s different highlights is the 15-speaker, 710-watt Burmester encompass sound system, which whereas reproducing audio tracks with outstanding readability, additionally performs again pre-recorded driving sounds to recreate the impact of driving an ICE automobile. The motive force can select from three totally different soundscapes and the output additionally varies relying on driving mode chosen, pace and quantity of throttle enter. I personally didn’t fairly benefit from the slightly ‘electronic-y’ output, which can also be delivered at standstill like in an idling ICE automobile. 

Efficiency

On the coronary heart of the EQS’s electrical powertrain is the 107.8kWh battery pack situated below the ground of the automobile. The battery holds a complete of 216 lithium-ion cells inside 12 modules. The EQS is alleged to be able to delivering a driving vary of as much as 770kms. It’s supplied in some markets with a single electrical motor, however what is going to land on our shores will sport two electrical motors – one every on each the entrance and rear axles. Just like the title suggests, my check mule EQS 580 4MATIC’s two motors delivered a complete of 385kW (about 518hp) of peak energy and a peak torque of 855Nm. With these spectacular numbers, the EQS 580 accelerates from standstill to 100kmph in 4.3 seconds and may attain an electronically restricted 210kmph. The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC that might be launched first in India can have a mixed output of 650hp and 950Nm. It’ll do the sprint to 100kmph in 3.8 seconds and attain a high pace of 220kmph. With the Dynamic Plus package deal the efficiency may very well be even greater.

It’s on the freeway and the autobahn that I get to expertise the EQS 580 electrical powertrain’s dollops of torque and their impression. My guess is that the AMG will even be faster and the acceleration Gs should really feel addictive if one can expertise them inside authorized pace limits. The automobile will get complicated energy electronics and combines a ridiculous variety of sensors for it to have the ability to ship efficiency that’s clear and sedate whereas driving on the town, and clear and blistering on the freeway. The electrical powertrain system provides each a coasting mode (no regen or cost loss) and a various variety of regenerative braking modes, together with one-pedal driving. Nevertheless, I really feel that the EQS’s braking efficiency and magnificence might take some getting used to. What looks as if an absence of chunk on the brake pedal is outwardly as a result of staged regen and deceleration that has been programmed into the system. 

Regardless of its massive footprint, the EQS is surprisingly straightforward to manoeuvre even in tight metropolis site visitors, thanks largely to the provision of rear axle steering. Curiously, whereas the automobile is obtainable with a rear axle turning help of 4.5 levels, a rise upto 10 levels might be bought by means of an over-the-air replace. The digital economic system is actually evolving.

Backside Line

The battery of the EQS might be charged through an AC wall socket and can take over 10 hours to cost. It may well additionally deal with quick DC supercharging upto 200kW, which might ship 300kms price of cost in half-hour. The air suspension within the EQS might be adjusted to ship a firmer, extra agile arrange or for a extra comfort-oriented trip really feel. Drive modes chosen may also ship preloaded settings. One can anticipate the suspension to ship a efficiency bias concentrate on Indian highway circumstances.  

The EQS will ship all of the MBUX intuitiveness and capabilities that’s at the moment being skilled by S-Class homeowners, together with options like Energising Consolation. The quantity of legroom within the cabin is actually not in the identical league because the S-Class, although the EQS remains to be surprisingly roomy together with beneficiant quantities of headroom even for tall passengers. 

The EQS sports activities a number of different digital improvements and tech breakthroughs, together with numerous autonomous driving aids. by the way, it’s also manufactured at ‘Manufacturing unit 56’ one of the crucial superior car manufacturing services of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart. The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC might be launched subsequent month and the EQS 580 4MATIC will arrive earlier than the festive season. Anticipate costs to vary from ₹1.75 crore to ₹2.2 crore.

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July 29, 2022

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