Mercedes EQS electric sedan teased during EQC’s Indian launch

The Mercedes EQS has been teased in India for the first time, suggesting that its launch is under consideration. Daimler is probably gauging the interest from Indian customers to decide if its upcoming flagship, an all-electric luxury saloon, has potential.

At the Mercedes EQC launch in India today, Ola Kallenius, Chairman, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, sent a message from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Kallenius was standing beside a Mercedes EQS in blue camouflage like he did two days ago in the intro of the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2020 event.

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Daimler top boss Ola Kallenius teasing the Mercedes EQS prototype.

Kallenius stood beside the Mercedes EQS prototype at the same location in the clip aired during the EQC’s launching, stating “We keep on working in the future of luxury electric mobility, as you can see behind me.”

Like other major automakers, Mercedes-Benz is planning pure-electric variants of almost every next generation car. The Mercedes EQS will debut in 2021 as its most advanced vehicle yet.

Mercedes EQS platform

Daimler is developing the Mercedes EQS on a brand-new platform called Electric Vehicle Architecture or simply EVA. The company has purpose-built this platform exclusively for battery electric vehicles or BEVs and plans to use it for only “large cars.”

Daimler has confirmed a Mercedes EQE business sedan (Mercedes E-Class’ EV alternative), a Mercedes EQS SUV (Mercedes GLS’ EV alternative) and a Mercedes EQE SUV (Mercedes GLE’s EV alternative) based on EVA. The video above shows the first three EVA models, with the final EVA model – the Mercedes EQE – shrouded in secrecy. None of them have been confirmed for India yet.

Mercedes EQS range

Daimler aims to create a benchmark among electric luxury sedans with an exceptionally long range – the crown held by the Tesla Model S currently. In the most recent update, the company has made it official that the Mercedes EQS (codename: Mercedes V297) will offer a truly fret-free drive with a range of 700 km (WLTP mode).

“More than 700 kilometers of driving range according to WLTP – that’s how far it (Mercedes EQS) can go on one battery charge,” Kallenius proudly announced at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Daimler earlier this year.

Set to compete with even the Lucid Air that launches next year, the Mercedes EQS belongs to the same segment as the Mercedes S-Class. However, it is based on the all-electric architecture. Packing batteries sourced from the plant in Stuttgart-Unterturkheim (Germany), the all-electric full-size luxury sedan will roll off the assembly line in Factory 56 in Sindelfingen (Germany) and go on sale in first markets in 2021.

The battery capacity of the Mercedes EQS is approximately 100 kWh and is expected to be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes with a 350 kW DC fast charger. During the first episode of the ‘Meet Mercedes Digital’ webcast this year, the Kallenius had revealed that the upcoming EQS employs CO2-neutral battery cells. A teaser of the electric vehicle was also revealed during the show (above).

Like Tesla, Daimler is likely having plenty of variants for its flagship EV than it’d like to reveal on Day 1. Like the American automaker, it should roll out more configurations for its electric luxury car once it settles into the market and gets a good understanding of the customer expectation.

Mercedes EQS interior

In addition to the sleek exterior and one of the best electric powertrains in the market, the Mercedes EQS will come with a host of new-age in-cabin technologies. OLED media display (front), next-gen MBUX infotainment system, more life-like voice assistant with natural voice interaction, biometric authentication by fingerprint, face or voice, etc. are expected to be some of these high-end features. The interior layout should be similar to that of the new Mercedes S-Class (Mercedes W223).

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.

Youtube channel WalkoART Videos had 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.

The EQS has a 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.

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 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, sporting the low-slung “one-bow” design, gets a long wheelbase and short overhangs, thanks to the EVA, 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. The EQS gets a liftback design similar to a Tesla Model S.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Concept 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.

Mercedes-AMG EQS

Mercedes-Benz 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.

Release date/Launch date (Global)

Kallenius had confirmed previously that the Mercedes EQS will be launched in 2021. Prior to that German auto magazine AutomobileWoche.de had reported that the company 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. 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. 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.

Indian launch

Even if it gets the green light for India, don’t expect the Mercedes EQS here before early 2022. However what is to be noted is that Mercedes-Benz India did not have the EQS on the radar during the Auto Expo in February 2020. The model could have come into consideration in recent months.

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 (in India) 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..

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Martin Schwenk on the EQS and future EQ products at the Auto Expo 2020 (February 5).