Mercedes EQS electric sedan teased during EQC’s Indian launch [Update]

Update: Daimler has revealed the dashboard of the Mercedes EQS. Scroll to the interior section learn all about it.

The Mercedes EQS has been teased in India, which suggests 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 in October last year, 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 in the intro of the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2020 event.

In the clip aired during the EQC’s launch, he said “We keep on working in the future of luxury electric mobility, as you can see behind me.”

Exterior

The Mercedes EQS will have a really sporty design, something you never see on a Mercedes S-Class. It won’t need to be as long to be equally spacious, and that means compact dimensions and a more dynamic character. The production version would miss out on most of the concept’s gimmicks, but not the low-slung “one-bow” design, long wheelbase and short overhangs

Video Source: youtube.com/walkoARTvideos

A recent spy video from youtube.com channel walkARTvideos shows less camouflaged prototypes of the Mercedes EQS testing on the German roads. It is clearly evident how the upcoming electric car is significantly sleeker than its traditional stablemate – the Mercedes S-Class.

The Mercedes EQS features a greenhouse noticeably longer than that of the S-Class. That, along with the lower and more aggressively sloping roofline, the rising belt line, the tight rear deck, make the full-size electric sedan look really sporty. The longer greenhouse hints at a much roomier cabin, which should have been possible because of the car’s dedicated EV platform and flat floor.

Mercedes EQS sedan teaser
The Mercedes EQS electric sedan would arrive in India eventually, and slot above the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

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 will leave no stone unturned for its new pinnacle of luxury.

Video Source: youtube.com/Mercedes-Benz

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. 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 design would be far more futuristic and elegant than that of even the new Mercedes S-Class (Mercedes W223).

The 2021 Mercedes S-Class’ dashboard is much sleeker than its predecessor but not sleek enough for a car as sporty and futuristic as the Mercedes EQS. The all-electric sedan will get a really low-profile dashboard completely different from that of the S-Class.

The biggest interior highlight of the Mercedes EQS will be the minimalist and highly digital dashboard called MBUX Hyperscreen. The AI-enabled MBUX Hyperscreen will club 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 one beautiful fusion of digital/analogue design in which 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 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.

Daimler will offer 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 interior air filtering system will be optional, available to customers who are ready to sacrifice the car’s ‘frunk’ or front trunk.

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.

Because of its special platform (below), it 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 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 last year.

Set to compete with even the Lucid Air that launches this 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 the first half of 2021.

The battery capacity of the Mercedes EQS is between 100-110 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, 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).

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

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.

Performance

The specs on the EQS concept presented at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show 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.

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, Autocar.co.uk reported in April 2020. 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.

Another development that the web media has latched on to recently is Daimler registering several new trade names for the sportiest EQE and EQS models. In the case of the electric ‘S’ line, several alphanumerical EQS XXX and EQS XX names have been registered, with the three-digit figures ranging from 350 to 600 and the two-digit figures being 53, 55, and 63. The latter could be for the AMG variants.

Unlike for the combustion range, Daimler has not distinguished the commercial names based on the body, and so, the names will serve both for electric sedans and SUVs. Note that not all registered names have to necessarily feature in the range of future models.

Release date/Launch date (Global)

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.

Kallenius had confirmed previously that the Mercedes EQS will be launched in 2021. Also in April last year, AutomobileWoche.de had reported that Daimler will honour the original launch schedule of the Mercedes EQS.

The start of production of the EQS is targeted for the first half of this year. Like the new S-Class, its fully electric interpretation is to be made at the new Factory 56 in Sindelfingen (Germany). Daimler is not postponing its flagship car 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 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 and 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 (5 February 2020).