Mercedes-Benz has supposedly become obsessed with the EV trend and is launching EVs in all shapes and sizes. One such offering from the automaker’s EQ subbrand is the EQS Sedan that is expected to reach the U.S. shores in 2022 as a 2023 model.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan will be offered in 2 trim levels - EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC. Though there has been no official word about how much it will cost, expect the EQS’ price to begin close to $110,000 and go up to as high as $150,000 for the fully-specced version with all the optional extras.
Speaking of powertrain, both the trims will obtain the octane via a 107.8 kWh battery pack. However, depending upon the trim configuration you opt for, the 2023 EQS Sedan’s specs will vary. The base 450+ variant will be powered by a single electric motor belting out 329 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque and driving the rear wheels only. Whereas, the 580 4MATIC trim will get 2 electric motors, one sitting on each axle and churning out 516 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque, driving all the 4 wheels.
However, it’s not just about the spec-sheet, as the EQS Sedan’s design plays a huge role in its driving dynamics as well. The Mercedes-Benz EQS is claimed to be the world’s most aerodynamic car with a drag coefficient rating as low as 0.20. This feat, along with the mighty batteries, can make the EQS 580 4MATIC go from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, while the 450+ can achieve the same feat in 5.5 seconds. The top speed for both variants although is limited to 130 mph.
Coming on to the range and charging time the EQS Sedan is claimed to return 478 miles of range on a single charge. However, considering that these figures are in accordance with the WLTP cycle, expect slightly lower figures from the EPA, ranging from 420 to 450 miles. Both the models of the EQS come standard with a 9.6 kW onboard charger, which can replenish the battery from 0 to 100% in a mere 31 minutes. However, that is when you plug the EQS into a DC fast charger. When plugged into an AC charging station, the EQS will take around 11 hours to fully replenish its battery pack.
Now speaking of the way it looks, well the EQS surely does carry all the traits of a typical Merc sedan with sharp styling, a grand front end, and a sleek and smooth side profile. However, coming from the EQ subbrand, the EQS replaces the traditional bits with elements such as a smoothened-out front grille, 20-22-inch alloy wheels, flush door handles, and a light strip expanding the width of the rear fascia. On the inside, the Mercedes-Benz EQS will house a 56-inch wide Hyperscreen covering the entire dash and running the latest MBUX software.
The spec sheet of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS is mighty impressive and so is its design and character. However, the real test of this new entrant remains yet to be done, as opponents such as the Tesla Model S, Audi e-Tron GT, and Lucid AIR are more than prepared to welcome the EQS.