Think about my shock when Mercedes-Benz canceled the highly-awaited U.S. debut of its EQC all-electric SUV earlier this 12 months. As a substitute, the automaker is wielding an arguably larger and stronger keep on with the 2022 EQS luxurious SUV. Sure, you possibly can consider the EQS as an all-electric spinoff of the S-Class because the former shares many of the latter’s cockpit working construction. Nonetheless, the variations get extra vital the deeper you dig, because the EQS is the primary Mercedes constructed utilizing the German carmaker’s all-new, devoted modular structure for luxurious autos.
It’ll even be the primary all-electric Mercedes-Benz you should purchase stateside after it formally debuts this fall. Such as you’d count on from a flagship automotive with that three-pointed star, the EQS delivers a potent mixture of brains and wonder. “At Mercedes, we’re striving for nothing lower than management within the discipline of electrical mobility and digitization via an clever platform technique and a software-based strategy,” mentioned Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Administration of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Automobiles. “The brand new EQS reveals we’re following our personal Mercedes path by providing prospects a highly-efficient, electrical, and splendid expertise with our electrical autos.”
First previewed on the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Present because the Imaginative and prescient EQS, proven above, the manufacturing mannequin is nearly all the things that I’d hope so far as an idea dropped at life. It has a cab-forward fastback design with nearly non-existent entrance overhangs, counterbalanced by prolonged rear overhangs. The EQS’s one-bow aesthetic is extra evident when seen from both aspect.
“Historically, we’ve got two-box or three-box designs,” Stefan Lamm, head of the Mercedes-Benz design studio in Stuttgart, explains. “For the EQS, we did one thing utterly totally different with the one-bow-design. It displays a really distinctive silhouette, which I feel nobody else has executed to this point.”
With its curvy proportions, generously-sloping roofline, and fastback rear, the EQS has a real sport-luxury vibe, harking back to the Mercedes-Benz F 015 self-driving idea automotive from CES 2015. And just like the idea, the EQS has a pure, refined physique form, a pure interpretation of the automaker’s “progressive luxurious” credo. It’s as if your entire automobile was carved from a single block of steel, and it’s what I anticipated from a flagship electrical Benz.
“With our EQS, we’ve got created a very new, future technology of luxurious automobiles,” mentioned Gordon Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler Group. “Key options such because the ‘one-bow’ design and a holistically built-in, extremely decreased, and seamless styling give the EQS its sporty and progressive look.”
The sloping design theme isn’t only for aesthetics: in truth, it’s extra about aerodynamics. Unsurprisingly, the EQS’s curvy and hunkered-down silhouette considerably improves how the automotive slices via the air. Mercedes claims the 2022 EQS is setting new aerodynamic benchmarks in manufacturing autos. With a median Cd (coefficient of drag) worth ranging from 0.20, Mercedes says the 2022 EQS is probably the most aerodynamic automobile to enter manufacturing, no matter drivetrain. A part of this is because of Mercedes-Benz’s ‘goal design’ structure.
For the reason that EQS shouldn’t be driving on an present structure that has to accommodate inside combustion engines, the designers had the liberty to pen a purpose-built form with beneficiant dimensions and a seamless design with nearly non-existent panel gaps. With no oily bits underneath the hood and stretching 5.2-meters in size, the 2022 EQS EV is the epitome of spaciousness.
“We gave extra area for the client, and you may see from the surface that there’s extra space inside,” mentioned Robert Lešnik, head of inside design. “I feel it’s in all probability a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for a automotive designer to work on a brand new structure.” The fascia bears a black-panel entrance grille with a three-dimensional Mercedes-Benz star brand (a distinguishing characteristic of Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric EQ household, together with the EQC SUV). Concurrently, the bevy of curved 3D helix taillights on the rear wouldn’t look misplaced on an interstellar spaceship.
After making a putting visible impression, the inside has extra high-tech luxuries. Essentially the most outstanding and eye-popping characteristic is the brand new MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system. It consists of three separate shows with a shared glass cowl, spanning 56-inches throughout the dashboard, and is a primary for a contemporary (electrical) automotive. I can’t wait to see it for myself.
It not solely seems to be unbelievable, however MBUX Hyperscreen acts because the mind and nervous system of the automobile. Unusually, although, you’ll additionally be capable of get the EV with out Hyperscreen: the EQS shall be obtainable with a base dashboard format, lifting the newest S-Class’ sizable OLED heart show and 12.3-inch digital instrument console. All of it seems to be unbelievable nonetheless.
“We’re combining pioneering expertise with basic supplies for the EQS’ inside, and this mixture gives some lovely transitions,” mentioned Belinda Günther, head of inside shade and trim.
Consumers have a alternative of contrasting heat and funky tones for the dashboard with a plethora of obtainable colours and materials mixtures like leather-based, wooden, chrome, piano-black panels, and aluminum. In the meantime, the form-following graphic stitching on the seats is “perform and design in a gorgeous mixture,” Günther suggests.
Relying on the configuration, the 2022 EQS has as much as 350 sensors to observe nearly all the things underneath the solar, each inside and outdoors of the automotive. That features distance, automobile pace, lighting situations, precipitation and temperature, seat occupancy, and even the driving force’s eye actions.
Drawing bandwidth from eight CPU cores and 24GB of RAM, the Hyperscreen’s superior A.I.-based working system and zero-layer menu capabilities give highly effective gaming laptops a run for the cash. Moreover, the central and passenger show screens provide haptic suggestions, whereas the flowing leather-based surfaces and avant-garde cabin supplies will make you are feeling like royalty. The Burmester 710-watt 15-speaker audio system may effectively encourage you to sing like a rock star (or TikTok pop star, when you desire).
Extra importantly, the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS has some well timed improvements to enhance well being and security. The cabin has a big HEPA filter to forestall odors, mud, pollen, and different particulates from ruining your driving expertise. Infused with beneficiant servings of activated charcoal (round 21 ounces for your entire automobile), the HEPA filter and cabin filter have an absorption space equal to about 150 soccer fields, making certain all of the occupants are continually respiration contemporary and clear air whereas driving within the EQS.
In the event you desire a aromatic cabin ambiance, there’s an energetic perfume dispenser to fill the cabin with pleasing aromas. The wellness bundle contains new Energizing Consolation sound packages that play soothing audio melodies when coming into or charging the automobile. And, whilst you can indulge in eerie silence whereas driving the EQS, there are elective driving sounds that change their tune relying on the chosen driving mode.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is making its U.S. debut this fall, and I can’t wait to drive it. The powertrain choices stay a thriller as of press time, however I count on twin electrical motors of some kind, packing at the least a 100 kWh battery pack which is nice sufficient to ship round 300 miles of vary. Manufacturing for the 2022 EQS is at Mercedes-Benz’s carbon-neutral ‘Manufacturing facility 56’ Sindelfingen manufacturing facility, the identical plant the place Mercedes builds the S-Class and the much more lavish Maybach S-Class.