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Mercedes-Benz EQS overview: Breaking the mould | Autocar India

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With its not-so-traditional exterior, space-age inside and born-electric platform, that is essentially the most radical Merc you should purchase.

The EQS is the way forward for Mercedes-Benz and a great exhausting take a look at what lies forward for the world’s oldest carmaker, which has given discover to the combustion engine. The corporate has acknowledged that it’s going to make its vary absolutely electrical by 2030, effectively earlier than the EU’s finish date of 2035 for the interior combustion engine.

The EQS is the primary Mercedes to be constructed on a bespoke EV structure slightly than on an IC engine platform modified for electrification. Developed from a clear sheet, the grounds-up EQS – free of IC engine encumbrances – ditches many century-old traditions and is inbuilt a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with the newest manufacturing processes. Briefly, that is essentially the most radical, revolutionary and high-tech Merc you should purchase.

The EQS ditches the standard three-box form of a sedan for a extra mono-volume silhouette.

That is instantly apparent within the EQS’s form; thus far faraway from the stately ‘three-box’ S-class. The cab-forward, virtually ‘one-box’ or mono quantity silhouette may be very un-Merc and also you’d by no means think about this was a Mercedes if not for the large three-pointed star on the grille. Besides that it’s not a grille however a blanked out, black panel with a number of miniature three-pointed stars etched on it and lit by tiny LED lights. A full-width LED strip that runs throughout the sting of the bonnet connects the headlamps, while on the rear, the tail lights, with their ‘helix design’, have unbelievable detailing and are joined by a lightweight band too. At night time, the illuminated lights look completely gorgeous.

Mercedes EQS: exterior

The EQS is an enormous automotive measuring 5,216mm lengthy, 1,926mm large and 1,512mm tall. It has an extremely lengthy 3,210mm wheelbase much like the S-class, however the overhangs are a lot shorter. The graceful and well-rounded design is dominated by the curved roof that arches from the entrance fender to the tailgate. And that’s one other custom the EQS breaks; you don’t get a typical trunk lid, however a fastback that pivots upwards, hatchback model, to disclose an enormous 610-litre boot, which, once more, is in sharp distinction to the small trunks we’ve all the time complained of in Merc sedans.

The huge 610-litre boot is not like different Merc sedans.

What the EQS misses out on is a entrance trunk, or ‘frunk’. Actually, you may’t open the entrance bonnet in any respect! The clamshell bonnet is sealed off from clients and may solely be opened by workshop technicians. Attempt telling that to resort safety employees after they ask you to pop open the bonnet! 

However, in case you can’t open the bonnet, how do you high up the windscreen washer fluid? The filler bottle is built-in with a flap within the left-hand facet fender which springs open with a delicate press to make filling straightforward. Very intelligent.

Washer fluid filler built-in under the rear view mirror.

Mercedes says that sealing off the bonnet makes the EQS extra aerodynamically environment friendly, and that is solely plausible, as a result of the EQS has an ultra-slippery coefficient of drag (Cd) of simply 0.20, the bottom on any sequence manufacturing automotive. Additionally lowering drag are the flush door handles, which, by the way, are the one widespread bits with the S-class. Nonetheless, in each different means, the EQS hammers dwelling the purpose that it isn’t an electrified S-class however an all-new EV, with S-class ranges of luxurious. The most important variations lie the place you may’t see them, and that’s below the ground.

The EQS’s electric-only EVA platform comes with the choice of a single motor for the rear axles or a pair of electrical motors driving all 4 wheels. The speaking level is the 107.8kWh battery pack, the most important but in a manufacturing EV, that sits in a crash-proof compartment housed throughout the huge wheelbase. Armed with the best capability battery ever, you may count on the EQS to have phenomenal vary. In accordance with a Mercedes-Benz India supply, the official vary ‘can be in extra of 750km’, which is an unbelievable 550-650km in real-world driving situations, greater than sufficient to kill vary nervousness as soon as and for all.

You’d by no means think about this was a Merc, if not for the large three-pointed star on it.

The flip facet is {that a} greater battery takes longer to high up. In Europe, the ultra-fast charging community (200kW and above) will high up from 10-80 p.c in round half an hour. Nonetheless, in India, you’d be fortunate to seek out something greater than a 50kW DC charger, which might take round 90-95 min for a similar 10-80 p.c cost. Recharging at dwelling by way of a 11kW wallbox quick charger will take a great 10 hours. So you could plan your charging fastidiously.

Like with most EVs, the battery pack nibbles into the bottom clearance, which is a precariously low 134mm on the EQS. This wasn’t an issue on Germany’s clean roads devoid of any velocity breakers and potholes, however how a lot of a problem this might be on Indian roads stays to be seen. Let’s not overlook the EQC, Mercedes’ first EV in India, which hasn’t acquitted itself over velocity breakers regardless of being an SUV.

India will get 20-inchers and taller tyre sidewall.

The EQS comes with a number of wheel dimension choices from 19 to 21 inches. While our take a look at automotive in Germany got here with 21 inches, the India-spec automotive will get 20 inchers and a taller tyre sidewall for higher cushioning towards our roads. 

Mercedes EQS: inside

If the outside is revolutionary, the inside is straight out of Star Trek. The EQS’s spaceship-like cabin is jam-packed with the newest tech and a digital overkill. The hero is the a lot vaunted 56-inch ‘Hyperscreen’ that stretches pillar-to-pillar, throughout the dashboard. Once you get right down to utilizing it, you realise it’s truly three screens joined collectively below one steady glass panel. The motive force and entrance passenger get a 12.3-inch display screen every, while the principle infotainment system within the centre will get a slightly massive 17.7-inch touchscreen show. The motive force’s display screen is much like the screens in different Mercs with the MBUX system, which, together with a helpful and crisp heads-up show, provides you all the data you want.

The 56-inch Hyperscreen homes three screens for the driving force and entrance passenger.

Point out should be product of the upgraded navigation software program that mixes an actual time video of the highway forward with instructions overlaid on the picture. It really works brilliantly, particularly when navigating by way of sophisticated motorway interchanges. The entrance passenger has heaps to play with on their display screen aside from viewing the map or selecting music. There are a bunch of video games, just like the very addictive Tetris, bundled right into a unit to maintain you engaged for hours. Nonetheless, the driving force received’t have the ability to see your scores or know what you’re as much as as a result of from the driving force’s seat, the show of many features can’t be seen to keep away from distraction. That’s tech for you!

The principle display screen is comparable in performance to these within the new S-class and C-class and, so far as touchscreens go, is kind of intuitive to make use of. The menus you swipe by way of are all logically laid out, while the aircon icons are completely displayed on the backside of the display screen for simple entry. There are not any old style buttons and even the few ‘exhausting’ buttons for the drive modes, quantity management and hazard lights are contact delicate. Worse are the contact delicate controls on the steering wheel current in each new era Merc which you need to annoyingly frisk to get them to work. The seat management ‘pictogram’ on the door panel can also be contact capacitive and the juicy tactile clicks with which these controls operated on earlier generations of Mercs is now gone.

To make up, the EQS’s ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant is presumably the most effective in any automotive. It’s eerie how simply it understands instructions stated in several methods and accents, be it from switching on the cruise management, opening the sunroof, turning on the aircon, getting a therapeutic massage or plotting a brand new route on the nav. Actually, so good is the EQS’s voice help that it makes fairly a couple of touchscreen features redundant.  And, after all, you’ve got Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which benefit from the large display screen.

Rear-seat legroom is unbelievable, however house tight for a fifth passenger.

You must crouch a bit to get contained in the cabin, however when you’ve plonked your self on the soft-leather seats you’ll discover they’re the epitome of consolation. The entrance seats have beneficiant again and below thigh help with ample bolstering all spherical to properly cosset you. Within the Unique trim variant we examined, the seats may be cooled, heated and include a myriad therapeutic massage choices.

Within the backseat, the EQS isn’t as spacious because the lengthy wheelbase S-class and the sloping roof does minimize into headroom, however even tall passengers received’t have a lot motive to complain. Legroom is solely unbelievable, there’s plenty of underthigh help and the again relaxation may be electrically reclined. The center seat is kind of slender, so a fifth passenger received’t be too comfortable in right here and it’s greatest to make use of this limo as a four-seater by flipping down the armrest housing a removable pill to regulate leisure within the rear seat when you lean again into the pillow mushy headrests.

Like with most born-electric platforms, cupboard space is in abundance, particularly within the central console, which doesn’t should cede house to a transmission. The central cubby gap is spacious and below the console too, you may retailer a small bag.

The remainder of the cabin is beautiful too and constructed to S-class ranges of high quality too. It abounds with mushy contact supplies and an aesthetic mixture of wooden, aluminium and piano black finishes. The Walnut brown wooden centre console with pin stripes on the top-spec EQS580 and the turbine vents wouldn’t be misplaced on a luxurious yacht. And the high-end Burmester audio system sounds simply sensible.

The adjustable ambient lighting with 64 colors to select from brings the interiors alive at night time. The LED strips working below the sprint and throughout the doorways pulsate with totally different colors and even glow pink whenever you flip up the aircon temperature or ground the accelerator pedal. It’s like having a Diwali occasion inside with out noisy fireworks! However there are fireworks of a special sort whenever you press down on the appropriate pedal.

Mercedes EQS: efficiency

The jolt of energy you get whenever you ground the accelerator takes you unexpectedly. You simply don’t count on the heavy EQS to leap off the road in a really un-measured, un-Mercedes means. This isn’t an everyday Merc however typical of the EV breed, which serves up torque immediately. Within the case of the top-end EQS 580 examined right here, it’s 856Nm and 523hp, which propels this 2,585kg limousine to 100kph by way of two permanent-synchronous electrical motors driving all four-wheels, in simply 4.Three seconds. Acceleration peters out at increased speeds, however there’s nonetheless sufficient grunt for fast overtakes and high-speed cruising. On a derestricted part of the autobahn, hitting 160kph was a breeze, after which progress was much less fast.

The tomb-like silence contained in the cabin units a brand new benchmark for refinement.

The EQS isn’t meant to be a efficiency sedan (for that there’s the EQS AMG 53) and prioritises refinement and luxury over all the things else. EVs are supposed to be quiet and the EQS is shockingly so with solely a small trace of wind noise above 120kph. The tomb-like silence contained in the cabin units a brand new benchmark for refinement and you may truly hear your self breathe. If you need sound, you may have it artificially induced by selecting from a collection of powertrain soundtracks – a synthesised mimicry of engine notes, with corny names like “Silver Waves” and “Vivid Flux”. It sounds fairly foolish and is greatest switched off, so you may take pleasure in whole silence, which is one motive to purchase an EV. If there’s a niggle, it’s the aircon fan, which, within the solitude of the cabin, sounds too loud if the blower velocity is greater than two.

Regardless of weighing 2,585kg, the EQS feels agile on the highway.

Regardless of its weight, the EQS feels fairly agile and nimble and flows fairly fortunately down a twisty highway. The steering, although missing in really feel, is kind of mild; it’s not a really partaking automotive to drive, however there’s little physique roll and is kind of conscious of route modifications, which eggs you on to hustle it in, once more in a really un-Merc means. (What number of instances have we used this time period by now?!) The important thing to EQS’s straightforward dealing with is low centre of gravity from the hefty battery and four-wheel steering – normal on the 580 variant. The rear wheels flip by as a lot as 4.5 levels, which makes the EQS really feel fast and shrinks the turning radius to simply 11.9mm – unbelievable for such a long-wheelbase automotive. 

Experience high quality is once more superb and also you merely can’t really feel the highway below you. The adaptive air suspension can predict and bear in mind the highway in entrance of you, and does an ideal job of isolating you from bumps and dangerous surfaces. It’s simply that it was exhausting to discover a dangerous stretch of highway within the countryside exterior Stuttgart. The ultimate take a look at for all that suspension tech can be on the streets of India and it stays to be seen how effectively the EQS copes in hostile situations.

The unbelievable roads within the countryside out Stuttgart gave us little concept concerning the EQS’ trip high quality.

The brakes had been a bit disappointing and lacked really feel particularly with the regen on zero. The center regen setting (operated by way of the paddle shifters) improved braking really feel, while essentially the most aggressive setting was robust sufficient for one-pedal driving.

Mercedes EQS: anticipated value, verdict

Mercedes-Benz India will first launch the AMG EQS 53 on August 24, and observe it up with the EQS 580 someday through the festive season. Whereas the AMG EQS 53 can be introduced in as a Utterly Constructed Unit (CBU), the EQS 580 will take the Utterly Knocked Down (CKD) route. 

Costs are usually not sure, however estimate it to be something between Rs 1.82 crore and Rs 2 crore, which is on the pricier facet. However what’s for sure is that the EQS will blow the posh EV market away with its futuristic design, space-age cabin and sensible driving expertise. Regardless of breaking the mould and plenty of Mercedes traditions, the EQS has not overlooked what the model stands for. It’s nonetheless received luxurious, refinement and high quality at its core, wrapped in a high-tech bundle. That is the most effective electrical luxurious automotive by far.

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