A few months ago, we met the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Presented as a prototype, the star’s most ambitious electric car will arrive (taking into account delays due to the coronavirus) between 2021 and 2022, becoming the battery-powered alter ego of the representative S-Class.
Luxury, cutting-edge technology and superb design, the EQS will be more than just another sedan with an electric drive. It will use a new platform and will have in its sights the most performance versions of the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan and the future electric Jaguar XJ, something for which you will turn to your sports specialist: AMG.
Beyond 600 hp with zero emissions
Given that the entire release schedule is currently frozen due to the global pandemic of the covid-19, the Mercedes-Benz EQS should not land before early 2022. Meanwhile, little by little we are learning more details about a car that will not replace, but will coexist with the combustion S-Class at least for a time.
In a conversation that Autocar.uk has had with a research and development representative of the German firm, Markus Schäfer has ensured that his goal is that sales of 2030 correspond 50% to hybrid and electric vehicles (currently established in a 9%).
To achieve this purpose they are developing a new platform from which the Mercedes-Benz EQS will be the first car to use. Called EVA, this platform will allow the German electric quasi-limousine to have an even longer wheelbase than the S-Class to allow for more interior space, accommodate a large battery pack, and incidentally shorten the exterior overhangs to emphasize dynamic design.
A design that by the way should not change too much with respect to the prototype that we met in Frankfurt, at least in the main features. In other words, we would be looking at a saloon with classic lines but modernized with fluid and forceful lines, a large front grille and headlamps well integrated into the design.
Precisely the headlights with a new more triangular design will form the new face of the most technological Mercedes-Benz, but will include more details. “The EQS will be a new world. The limitations of combustion engines will no longer apply and the space, especially at the rear, will be greater than ever,” said Schäfer.
When it was presented at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the star brand assured that the electric saloon would have a power of 350 kW (470 hp) and 760 Nm of torque. A few more than enough figures for your purpose. Now the information suggests that there could be a more performance version, taking its two electric motors beyond 600 HP.
The most interesting thing of all is that an engineer from the brand has also dropped that AMG would be involved in the EQS, being in charge of signing the most performance versions. The option is being considered for the Mercedes-Benz EQS to squeeze its electric motors beyond 600 hp and 900 Nm.
The batteries with which the prototype was presented consisted of a 100 kWh package with which Mercedes-Benz assured it could reach a good 700 km of autonomy. We will see if these figures are finally true, but in any case, the purpose of this new platform is to be modular, being able to scale both the size of batteries and the number of engines depending on the purpose of the vehicle.
From the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the expansion of the cascading EVA platform to the rest of the range is planned. Good news that will mean that modular architecture will be paying off.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS should be the fifth member of the EQ family after the EQCs that we have already tested, EQV already in production, and the EQA and EQB that will do the same in no time.
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