Mercedes EQS unveiled as flagship new EV with up to 478 miles of range

Mercedes EQS unveiled as flagship new EV with up to 478 miles of range

The new luxury saloon aims to be the S-Class of the electric car world

Mercedes has pulled the covers off its long-anticipated EQS saloon – the firm’s new flagship electric model that boasts a range of new technology.

Joining the EQA, EQC and EQV in the firm’s growing range of electric cars, the EQS will sit at the top of the tree, aiming to be the electric equivalent of the S-Class. 

Sitting on a new platform that will go on to underpin a range of new battery-powered models, the EQS is the most aerodynamic road car ever made, with a drag coefficient of just 0.22. That, and a large 107.8kWh battery gives the EQS an electric range of up to 478 miles, the longest of any car on sale in the UK to date, with exception of the Tesla Model S, which can achieve up to 520 miles. 

It will also be offered with 200kW rapid charging, and providing a charger can be found with that level of capability, would mean the EQS’s battery could be topped from 10-80 per cent in just 31 minutes, and 186 miles of charge added in just 15 minutes.

It will arrive in a ‘450+’ form as standard, which uses a 333bhp electric motor, though more powerful options are also in the pipeline. 

The striking-looking EV measures more than 5.2m-long and nearly 2m-wide – being more than 10cm longer than the S-Class. It’s also noticeably different to the standard saloon, too, with a far swoopier design, higher ride height and EQ-specific front-end. 

Inside is arguably the most striking thing about the EQS, though, as it features an enormous curved 55.5-inch ‘Hyperscreen’, which runs across the full width of the dashboard – incorporating a main touchscreen, digital dial and also a display for the front-seat passenger. 

It’s also roomier than an S-Class, too, with 610 litres of boot space, which extends to a vast 1,770 litres once the rear seats are folded. 

Prices for the EQS are yet to be announced, though it’s likely to cost close to £100,000 when it goes on sale in the summer. Mercedes says first deliveries are expected before the end of the year.

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