German luxury vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will launch its soon-to-be-unveiled EQS all-electric S-Class sedan in Europe in August, with reports suggesting that the EQS will make its way to Australian shores by early 2022, or even very late 2021.
Set to officially debut on April 15, Mercedes-Benz has been seeking to build excitement for its EQS World Premiere by steadily dropping details and teaser videos over the last few months.
Already this year we have seen that the new EQS will feature the MBUX Hyperscreen, a massive display which will stretch the entire width of the EQS, from A-pillar to A-Pillar.
Continuing the slow leak of information, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced over the weekend that the EQS will launch in Europe this August and threw a veritable boatload of new specifications at us to boot.
The EQS is the sole all-electric member of Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class range – joining the EQE business saloon and the SUV variants of the EQS and EQE, and with further models based on the company’s new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) electric car platform.
Sifting through all the new details and automotive “press speak” reveals some very interesting details.
Boasting all-electric ranges up to 770-kilometres (WLTP) and an output of up to 385kW, all EQS models will have an electric powertrain at the rear axle, while 4MATIC versions of the EQS will also have an electric powertrain at the front axle as well.
The EQS boasts world record aerodynamics for production cars with a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.202, and has already undergone several million test kilometres on eDrive test benches at the company’s Untertürkheim production plant.
Mercedes-Benz is also highlighting the launch of its “new generation of batteries” which are supposed to have “significantly” higher energy density.
Two batteries are available, the larger of which has a usable energy content of 107.8kWh – around 26% more than the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The smaller battery option has usable energy content of 90kWh, and the batteries come in either ten or twelve cell modules.
The batteries will also require shorter charging times thanks to intelligent thermal management when navigation is activated with the vehicle’s Electric Intelligence, and can be charged with up to 200kW at fast charging stations (DC), or with up to 22kW (AC).
The 22kW AC charging is available as an optional extra, whereas the standard DC fast charging system can add another 300 kilometres of range in just 15 minutes.