US-spec Mercedes EQS spotted ahead of launch this fall

The Mercedes EQS is a few months away from arriving at U.S. dealers, but prototypes have shed camouflage and are making public appearances now. ElectricVehicleWeb reader Christopher Matos-Rogers has spotted a US-spec EQS charging in Atlanta. This isn’t the first time we are seeing the EQS on American soil, though.

US spec Mercedes EQS front charging
The U.S. market will receive the Mercedes EQS as an MY2022 model. Image Source:Christopher Matos-Rogers (Instagram)

Previously, in May 2021, ElectricVehicleWeb reader Josh, who runs the Instagram page BHMCarsCoffee (Birmingham Cars & Coffee), shared spy shots of a US-spec EQS. Josh told us that he captured these shots at a public event, a car meet. The orange reflector strip on the wheel arch is unique to the specification here.

Here’s a roundup of Mercedes’ flagship electric vehicle.

Exterior

The Mercedes EQS has a really sporty design, thanks to the cab-forward approach that lends it stunning proportions. Because of the bespoke EV platform, it doesn’t need to be as long as a traditional full-size sedan to be equally spacious, and that means compact dimensions and a more dynamic character. The production version misses out on most of the concept’s gimmicks, but not the low-slung “one-bow” design, long wheelbase, and short overhangs.

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The Mercedes EQS features the sleekest greenhouse on any production three-pointed star model. The visibly low roofline and the greenhouse give a fine bow shape. The strong shoulders provide a nice contrast with some edginess over the curvaceous profile. Daimler isn’t onboard the idea of switching to virtual exterior mirrors due to their high power consumption. In the lower half of the body, the specially designed wheels ensure that the car makes a dramatic entry where it goes while improving aerodynamics.

At the rear, the curvy tail lamps of the Mercedes EQS elegantly sweep out to the sides of the flush tailgate and feature slanted vertical light guides. A connecting light strip and a neat spoiler are also among the highlights here.

As for dimensions, the Mercedes EQS for the U.S. market is 205.4 in long, 83.7 in wide and 59.5 in tall.

Interior

Customers are likely to pay more attention to comfort, connectivity, and infotainment in highly autonomous, electric cars. The interaction between the vehicle and user will be in focus more in the Mercedes EQS compared to the Mercedes S-Class. So, Daimler has left no stone unturned for its new pinnacle of luxury.

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In addition to the sleek exterior and one of the best electric powertrains in the market, the Mercedes EQS comes with a host of new-age in-cabin technologies. Life-like voice assistant with natural voice interaction, biometric authentication by fingerprint, face, or voice, electrically opening/closing doors (‘automatic comfort doors’), MBUX Hyperscreen comprising three front screens stretching across the dashboard, augmented reality head-up display, etc. are some of these high-end features. The interior design is far more futuristic than that of even the new Mercedes S-Class (Mercedes W223).

The biggest interior highlight of the Mercedes EQS is the minimalist and highly digital dashboard called MBUX Hyperscreen. The AI-enabled MBUX Hyperscreen clubs the operation and display of infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions.

The MBUX Hyperscreen looks out of the world even in the standards of the luxury class. It’s a beautiful fusion of digital/analog design where three separate screens are placed beneath a virtually floating panel, which is a gently curved Gorilla Glass surface. The only thing looking conventional in the “large digital surface”, as Daimler refers it to, are two protruding outer-end air vents, but even they carry a fancy design, and backlighting, to look as dramatic and contribute to the futuristic theme.

The central and passenger displays are OLED units. Other technical highlights of the MBUX Hyperscreen include 8-core CPU, 24 GB RAM, and 46.6 GB memory bandwidth.

The EQS has a flat battery pack beneath the cabin that allows for ample interior space. The cabin is made of high-quality materials and luxury amenities, some new to Mercedes-Benz. The boot capacity is quite generous – 610 litres. Folding down the rear seats, 1,770 litres of luggage space can be achieved.

Daimler offers a HEPA filter in the Mercedes EQS electric sedan to ensure that the interior air quality comparable to that in cleaning and operating rooms. The large air filter system is located under the front bonnet, and like the MBUX Hyperscreen, it’s an optional feature.

The highly efficient suspended particulate filter has a volume of almost ten litres and measures just over four A4 pages in size. It filters nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, dusts of the class PM2.5 and unpleasant odours. Its effectiveness has an industry-first official certification according to DIN EN 1822.

Mercedes EQS platform

Daimler has developed 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.”

Mercedes EVA platform details
The Mercedes EVA platform has been in development since 2016. Slide from the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2020 event (Oct 2020). Image Source: Daimler

Mercedes EQS range

The Mercedes EQS will be sold with two battery pack options: 90 kWh and 107.8 kWh. Launch variants will come with only the latter, which offers a range of 780 km or 485 miles (WLTP). The battery pack can be charged with up to 22 kW with alternating current or up to 200 kW direct current. Using a 200 kW DC charger, 300 km or 186 miles (WLTP) of range can be achieved with just 15 minutes of charging.

Performance

At launch, the Mercedes EQS variants in the U.S. market will include an EQS 450+ and an EQS 580 4MATIC, both with the 107.8 kWh battery pack. The EQS 450+ has a single, rear-mounted motor that generates 329 hp (confirmed output for the U.S.) and 406 lb-ft. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 130 mph.

The EQS 580 4MATIC has two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, together delivering 516 hp (confirmed output for the U.S.) and 611 lb-ft. A 0-60 mph sprint takes just 4.1 seconds, but the top speed is the same – 130 mph.

Release date/Launch date

The Mercedes EQS will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, Daimler has confirmed. The Mercedes me Charge charging network is compatible with more than 90% of public charging stations in the U.S. The U.S.-spec EQS will have the CCS system (Combined Charging System), which allows the battery to be charged using direct and alternating current through the same connection.

Featured Image Source: Christopher Matos-Rogers (Instagram)