Mercedes EQS (Tesla Model S challenger) confirmed to launch in 2021

Daimler CEO Ola Källenius today confirmed that its flagship electric product, the Mercedes EQS, will be launched in 2021. During the first episode of the ‘Meet Mercedes Digital’ webcast, the CEO confirmed that the upcoming EQS employs CO2-neutral battery cells. A teaser of the electric vehicle was also revealed during the show.

German auto magazine AutomobileWoche.de had already reported a few weeks ago that Mercedes will honour the original launch schedule of the new Mercedes S-Class (Mercedes W223) and the Mercedes EQS.

Mercedes EQS vs Mercedes S-Class
Compared to the S-Class limousine, the EQS sits lower and is more rounded with tighter overhangs. We’re expecting Level 3 autonomy on the EQS and new S-Class that lets the car drive itself on the highway. Image courtesy: WalkoArt Youtube.com channel.

The start of production of the new generation of the flagship S-Class continues to be late 2020, while the premium electric car EQS is targeted for 2021. The schedule for the new S-Class and the EQS is set, as said by Jörg Burzer, the production manager at Mercedes-Benz. Both the new S-Class and its fully electric interpretation EQS are to be made at the new Factory 56 in Sindelfingen (Germany) and Mercedes is not postponing these launches in light of the Coronavirus outbreak as they are absolutely crucial for the future of the company, the publication reported.

EVW follower Thomas Siewert spotted the Mercedes EQS (codename: Mercedes V297) test prototype on the Autobahn (Germany) while Payden Morris (the image on the right) caught the electric equivalent of the next-gen Mercedes S-Class testing under camouflage in the USA. Mercedes is testing its Tesla Model S challenger in different parts of the world (the car has been spotted so far in USA and Germany and will be produced in Sindelfingen) and these sightings are from 2020.

Mercedes EQS interior – Tesla-inspired AVN unit with MBUX 7.0?

Youtube channel WalkoART Videos has published a video in April that reveals a part of the dashboard of the Mercedes-Benz EQS during one of the regular road testing actions. There is a large display behind the steering wheel, while the centre console hosts a Tesla-like portrait touchscreen AVN system with a rectangular bezel.

Mercedes EQS interior spyshot
Expect the MBUX (NTG 7.0) touchscreen AVN system on the next-gen Mercedes S-Class (codename: W223, announced to debut this year) and the EQS shown here, courtesy WalkoART youtube channel.

The EQS will have its flat battery pack beneath the cabin that will allow for ample interior space. The cabin will be made of high-quality materials and luxury amenities, some new to Mercedes-Benz. The cargo space should be quite generous thanks to spaces at the front and rear.

Mercedes EQS India launch

Like other major automakers, Mercedes-Benz is planning to have pure-electric variants of almost every next generation car. The first fully electric model under the EQ brand, EQC has already been launched globally and was unveiled in India too, with sales set to start later in the year.

Martin Schwenk
Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Martin Schwenk is aware of the parent company’s aggressive electrification plans, but the Indian arm is not planning new models like the EQA or the EQS for the time being. He was responding to EVW’s question on the EQ model map for India at the Auto Expo held earlier in 2020 –

As you mentioned all these models, there is also the EQB, there’s a full model lineup that is being prepared globally. In the next two years we should see the global portfolio filling up. I think it made sense for us to launch the EQ brand as an umbrella so that we will be able to bring not just the EQC but other models. If you had asked me a year ago about the EQ brand I would not have been sure about launching it in India. Things just changed over one year – in the last one year we have had the government push, we had GST road tax topic, we had also new entries in the market (by mainstream brands). Similarly I would not know what I am going to do in a year (with the EQ brand), this is the advantage of having a fast growing global portfolio, I don’t have to define that this is the car I need in three years, I can just pick out models and try them here.

We have a new brand, the market is growing, and it would be difficult for me to say if we’d sell a 1000 units of the Mercedes EQS in India in three years – I don’t know if the car will be there, what the volumes are.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS will be the first car built on a new dedicated electric vehicle platform called the Mercedes Electric Architecture 2 or MEA2. MEA1, upon which the EQC is built, is not a completely new platform and is a modified version of Mercedes’ MHA for SUVs with internal-combustion engines.

By 2022 we will be bringing more than ten different all-electric vehicles to market. We will also be electrifying the entire Mercedes‑Benz portfolio and our customers will thus have the choice of at least one electric alternative in every Mercedes‑Benz model series, taking the total to 50 overall.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG & Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars division.

The production EQS, sporting the low-slung “one-bow” design, gets a long wheelbase and short overhangs, thanks to the new MEA2, and is expected to be as spacious (if not more) as the S-Class while being shorter in length and height. Without the packaging limitations of the traditional combustion engine, the interior space is expected to come up to a new standard.

Mercedes EQS expected output, range & performance

The specs on the EQS concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year gave a fair idea of what Mercedes-Benz was aiming for with its full-size electric sedan. The concept was equipped with electric motors at the front and rear axles, making it an electric all-wheel-drive and the battery integrated into the vehicle floor. The power and torque output of 350 kW and 760 Nm gets the EQS to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds. The battery capacity is approximately 100 kWh and the car has an operating range of up to 700 km in a single charge. The battery can be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes with a 350 kW DC fast charger.

Mercedes-Benz EQS front three quarter view
The forerunner, the EQS concept, unveiled at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show had all-LED digital light headlamps with two holographic lens modules integrated into the continuous 360-degree exterior light belt. At the rear, 229 illuminated individual stars together form a seamlessly integrated light belt. The grille is fitted with a light matrix consisting of 188 individual LEDs for signaling purposes.

The production version will lose most of the concept’s exterior and interior gimmicks but we can see the dashboard in the video that shows a generous dual screen arrangement that will run the MBUX 7.0 multimedia system. The EQS gets a liftback design in the rear similar to Tesla Model S, with which it will compete fiercely upon launch.

Mercedes EQS AMG version will get a 600 hp output

Mercedes-Benz also plans to launch an AMG variant for the EQS flagship electric sedan with an output of over 600 hp and 900 Nm, reports Autocar.co.uk. While the setup could be similar to the regular EQS model with a dual-motor, the motors could be configured with a higher output for the AMG treatment. Though nothing has been confirmed yet, the report suggests that the EQS AMG could be unveiled in 2022 and may share the high-performance powertrain with other such versions of the Mercedes EQE, G-Wagon electric etc, just like the AMG 63 models.

The EQS AMG version will employ an advanced four-wheel-drive system that will offer the required amount of power and torque for each wheel individually. The AMG flagship will also have better acceleration than the regular EQS, which is claimed to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and top speed limited to 240 km/h. BMW will introduce the Mi7 that is the performance version of the 7 Series electric due in 2022.

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