Mercedes-EQ, the all-electric sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, has taken the subsequent step in its slow-walk reveal of the EQS flagship sedan, dropping a variety of key specs for EV followers to salivate over. The 2022 Mercedes EQS is predicted to journey as much as 478 miles on a cost primarily based on the beneficiant WLTP take a look at cycle, hit 62 mph from a cease in as little as 4.three seconds, and achieve as much as 186 miles of vary in 15 minutes on a 200 kilowatt DC Quick charger. These are just some of the EQS particulars Benz has revealed forward of the posh sedan’s full unveiling later this month—learn on for the remaining:
House on the (Huge) Vary
The headline information is the 478-mile vary estimate, however do not hand over the crown simply but. This determine comes from the extra beneficiant WLTP take a look at cycle utilized in different elements of the world. The EPA take a look at cycle is considerably much less beneficiant, so the official estimated vary within the U.S. will likely be shorter. Whether or not or not the EQS will outlast the up to date Tesla Mannequin S, which claims as much as 380 miles of vary within the U.S., stays to be seen, however the EQS is the present WLTP champ.
Making the massive vary potential is an optionally available 108-kWh battery, barely bigger than Tesla’s largest 100-kWh battery. If vary is not your be-all, end-all precedence, a 90-kWh battery will likely be customary at launch with a considerably shorter vary.
Additionally serving the vary recreation? Extremely-low drag bodywork, which carries a claimed drag coefficient of 0.20, which Mercedes is touting as one of the best on the earth. (Hey, when each electron counts, it helps when the car they’re powering slips extra simply by the air.) The EQS’s drag determine actually is healthier than the claimed 0.21 Cd of the Lucid Air, however might or might not be higher than the 0.208 Tesla claims for the up to date Mannequin S. Mercedes-EQ is a minimum of extra forthcoming than the others about which mannequin of EQS can hit that quantity, and it requires the 19-inch AMG wheel possibility. Should you should have large wheels, there are aerodynamic wheel choices in 20 inches and 21 inches as properly, plus a who-cares-about-the-wind 22-inch possibility.
Oh, and Huge Energy, Too
Motivation for splitting the wind comes from a normal rear electrical motor and optionally available 4Matic-branded all-wheel drive system—which merely provides a entrance electrical motor. Output ranges from 329 hp to 516 hp, and we assume these numbers correlate with rear-drive and all-wheel drive, respectively, however Mercedes-EQ doesn’t specify. Equally, the corporate additionally guarantees “a minimum of” 406 lb-ft of torque, however offers no additional particulars about which motor mixture that applies to.
In the identical vein, Mercedes-EQ predicts a zero-to-62 mph time in as little as 4.three seconds, presumably with all-wheel drive and the bigger battery. That is considerably slower than the quickest Mannequin S, although we’re advised to anticipate a higher-performance AMG EQS sooner or later. High pace is proscribed to 130 mph, and given Benz’s German roots, the sedan is prone to preserve an inexpensive driving vary at excessive speeds.
The EQS fees quick, too. In a position to take a 200-kW cost from a DC Quick charger, the EQS can achieve 186 miles of vary in simply 15 minutes. A Mannequin S can cost at as much as 250 kW. Mercedes-EQ hasn’t launched another cost time particulars besides to say the automotive may be outfitted with an optionally available 9.6-kW onboard charger to profit from your own home charger.
Public charging will likely be made simple by the Plug & Cost system, which is appropriate with 90 p.c of U.S. public charging networks. This software program permits you to merely plug in and stroll away with out having to fret about memberships or bank card readers. All billing will likely be dealt with robotically with a bank card on file. Attending to the chargers will likely be dealt with by an onboard navigation system that considers every thing from real-time site visitors to topography, climate, and driving fashion when planning and adjusting your route.
EVs additionally achieve some charging throughout coasting and braking, and the EQS claims to be the champ right here, too. In a position to regeneratively brake at as much as 290 kw with all-wheel drive—utilizing the electrical motors as turbines, and the trouble of turning them to sluggish the car—it handily beats the 265-kw file held by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Rear-drive fashions get well considerably much less to forestall lockup of the rear wheels.
The place All That Vitality is Saved
The battery dealing with all this electrical energy is an in-house improvement and product. Mercedes-EQ claims an unspecified breakthrough in power density on their proprietary battery in comparison with earlier fashions. It boasts considerably much less rare-earth metals and designed for simple recyclability. The corporate claims manufacturing is carbon-neutral throughout the board, even for the suppliers that construct elements for the battery. The 400-volt structure is liquid-cooled by particular cavities forged into the extruded aluminum battery housing and robotically pre-heats or cools as wanted to hurry charging. The battery administration software program may be up to date over the air to probably enhance vary, efficiency, and longevity over time. Mercedes-EQ can also be promising a 10-year, 155,000-mile battery guarantee that covers misplaced battery capability (no additional particulars supplied).
The battery powers one or two AC synchronous motors. When outfitted with two motors for all-wheel drive functionality, Mercedes-EQ claims the system senses torque 166 instances per second with the intention to react instantly if any wheel loses traction.
Mercedes-EQ additionally revealed some anticipated particulars in regards to the chassis, confirming the automotive will experience on an air suspension with out the heavy however succesful E-Lively Physique Management system. The EQS may even characteristic rear-wheel steering customary to enhance each its dealing with and its turning circle, which the model claims is as little as 35.eight ft, almost 5 ft tighter than an typical S-Class full-size sedan.
Remaining particulars in regards to the EQS must be revealed on April 15 when the manufacturing automotive is lastly unveiled (a minimum of past these specs and the sooner debut of its screen-tastic inside), although some U.S.-specific particulars might not be launched till nearer to the launch date this fall.