2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Release Date: Fall 2021
Estimated Price: $110,000 (estimated)
  • New sedan promises to be the most luxurious of Mercedes' EV offerings
  • Designed to go head-to-head with Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan
  • Debuts Mercedes' new Hyperscreen display
  • Introduces the first EQS generation for 2022
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What is the EQS?

Mercedes-Benz might be a little late to the electric party, but it's going all-in. The new EQ line will encompass Mercedes' upcoming electric offerings — the first fully electric vehicles since the ill-fated B-Class. According to Merc, EQ stands for "electric intelligence," a barely passable pun on IQ, but a smart move for Mercedes, which has developed a new architecture just for electric cars. The modular underpinnings can be lengthened, shortened, widened or narrowed depending on the body placed atop. For its first entry in the U.S. market, Mercedes is going big with an electric equivalent of its flagship S-Class, dubbed the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Mercedes has been teasing the looks of the EQS for quite some time, and now that we've seen the final version, we think it is worth the wait. The EQS manages to have big-sedan gravitas without seeming visually heavy or cumbersome. The short hood allows for a rainbow arch of a roof design that makes for a larger cabin than you'd find in an equivalently sized gas-burning Mercedes. Unlike many electric cars — which fill in the space normally used for an open grille and then forget about it — Mercedes designers took advantage of the real estate to create a twinkling star-embedded front fascia that clearly says "Mercedes" and also looks futuristic.

What's under the EQS' hood?

There will initially be two options for power output: a single-motor version that drives the rear wheels and produces 329 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque (EQS 450+) and an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor version making 516 hp and 611 lb-ft (EQS 580 4Matic). There will also be a variant with around 630 horsepower, but it might not debut for the 2022 model year. Mercedes says range for the EQS 450+ and EQS 580 is expected to be 478 miles, but this is according to European WLTP standards, which operate on a different test cycle than the EPA. Anticipate EPA range estimates north of 300 miles.

While range might be near the top of the electric-car pack, Mercedes is not looking to set records on the drag strip. According to Mercedes, the single-motor EQS can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the dual-motor version can do it in 4.1 seconds. That's incredibly quick, but Porsche, Tesla and Lucid claim sub 3-second times in the mightiest versions of their luxury sedans.

With a 400-volt architecture (rather than the lightning-fast 800-volt in the Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air), the EQS doesn't charge as quickly as competitors. But it can pull up to 200 kW of juice from a DC fast-charging station, allowing for a 10% to 80% charge in just over 30 minutes. Charging from 10% to full using a Level 2 charging station pulling 32 amps will take a little over 11 hours.

How's the EQS' interior?

This is a tactile interior, pleasant to the touch in every way. Even the trunk carpet in the EQS is soft and fluffy. It feels like wool, but it's actually a synthetic blend made from recycled materials. The centerpiece of the EQS, though, is the optional full-width dashboard screen. It runs 56 inches from end to end and includes a digital instrument cluster, a giant center section and screen in front of the passenger, all in one curved glass element. Mercedes calls it the Hyperscreen, and it's so visually arresting it might take a moment to appreciate the rest of the EQS' leather, wood and rose gold-trimmed interior. If you'd rather see more quality materials and less OLED glass, there is a single-screen version that mimics the S-Class layout and replaces the passenger section with leather and wood.

How's the EQS' tech?

We couldn't wait to mention the big screen, but tech in the EQS is more than just an impressive display. The Mercedes MBUX system is in its most advanced version yet, responding to voice or touch commands and learning as it goes to provide a more seamless and useful experience the longer a customer owns the car.

The EQS supports multiple driver profiles, and after a few weeks of learning driving patterns and needs, can suggest things like dialing your mom for your usual Thursday night chat or lifting the air suspension over the speed bumps on the way back from your office. All these suggestions are displayed on the main screen, over the 3D map. It's part of Mercedes' "zero layer" interface philosophy. The idea is that you should never have to go deeper into the menu than one click to use the features you use on a regular basis, whether those are rear-seat massaging functions or the augmented reality head-up display. 

On the safety side, the EQS comes standard with the full suite of Mercedes driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control that can look ahead on your route and adjust speed for upcoming curves and exits.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS video

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: When we first started reviewing electric cars, there wasn't too much to talk about. It was basically just this car is electric, and here's the range. And then, they started coming out with performance versions, and we could talk about 0 to 60 numbers, and like, whoa! Look at this massive screen in the interior. As EVs become more mainstream, manufacturers are having to up the ante. With the 2022 Mercedes EQS, Mercedes is calling everyone's bluff. Should the competitors play, or should they fold? Let's take a look and find out. If you want more videos like this one, please subscribe. And if you would be interested in getting a cash offer for your car, visit edmunds.com/salemycar. Mercedes EQ stands for electric intelligence. Get it? It's EQ instead of IQ. Right? OK, never mind. The point is Mercedes is going all in on electric architecture. It has this whole new platform that's going to work for all of its electric cars, and the EQS is the first electric car to come to the US market. Now, that platform is modular, so they can make cars bigger, smaller, wider, narrower, and all on the same platform. Looking at the EQS, you can see it's about S class size. It's a large, luxury sedan to compete with the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT, and of course, Tesla's Model S. Because designers were able to start with an all new architecture, and because it doesn't have to have a big engine in the front or a transmission tunnel, they could really play with the shapes of the car. And so this car has a shorter hood than you would expect from a big sedan, but that means it has more space in the cabin. And you can see it has this lovely shape that just-- over the rainbow. The whole car. And you couldn't do that with an internal combustion engine, because you'd need to have so much more hood up here. There are other cues that say this is an electric car. This is based on a concept car. Look at the floating stars in the grille, and it's got these sparkly wheels. And then, in the back, it has some really neat light signatures. Speaking of light signatures that's going to be the electric S class thing. Where the EQS really gets wild is inside starting with the soft close door that happens automatically when you put your foot on the brake. What? It's so cool. We were talking about a big screen, but forget big screen. The EQS is all screen. Look at this. Mercedes calls it the Hyperscreen, and it is one end of the dash to the other. The passenger gets a screen, there's a screen in the middle, I get a digital dash. From end to end, it is 56 inches of screen. What's on the screen? Pretty much anything you need. Controlling this endless horizon of screen is the newest version of Mercedes' MBUX system. It's already a smart system. You can talk to it. It'll remember stuff. And now it'll do even more. For example, if you set up a profile, and you have a conference call every Monday morning that you normally do while you're on your way to an office, it knows that, and it'll suggest it to you. So you don't even have to go into the phone and find that stuff. You can just keep your map on. The theory of not having to go through all of these different menu options to get to the control that you need is called zero-layers. And the idea is that it'll make you a safer driver, because you're not spending a whole bunch of time in the screen trying to find the massage function or whatever. But it also just makes the car more pleasant to use. You'll be more into trying some of those different options that you have if you don't have to go searching for them every time you use them. I was saying that the car knows you when you get in, and it does that in several different ways. It has a fingerprint sensor. It can see your face. It actually recognizes you. And of course, you can just login. The reason that it's good that the car knows who you are is if you share a car with somebody, and maybe you don't want them to know who you're calling every Thursday night, it won't tell anybody. Just you. Thanks for not being a tattletale. Now, this interior is not just screen. Obviously, that's the flashiest part, but when you start looking around, this is a beautiful interior. You've got different colors of leather. You have a rose gold strip that runs across here. That's where the air conditioning vents are. And it's not just like millennial rose gold. It's actually a reference to copper like the early electrical wiring. The interior of this car is a real mix of digital and sci-fi like the screen and like these very slim vents up here. But then, also, earthy physical elements like wood here and these big vents that are like jet engine turbines. So you don't end up sitting in here going, there's nothing happening in here. There are other designers who are like, oh. The future is very plain. But Mercedes has got this nice balance of futuristic but also physical. I love reviewing Mercedes cars, because well, they have great massaging features. And then, they've got spa features. Oh, look. I can do hot, relaxing shoulder massage. And then, I also want the lighting to change to be like joy. It's working. I feel joy. And also, I feel my shoulders being massaged. This is great. This is a great car. I want it. Let's talk engine or rather motor. There are two options for drivetrain in this car. You can get the single motor, which makes 329 horses, or you can get a dual motor all wheel drive that makes 516. EPA estimated range is not available yet for this car, but Mercedes thinks it should offer about 478 miles on a single charge, which is pretty darn good. Because I think the best that's happening right now from Tesla is lower for 400s, so we'll see. We'll see, because it could be a little bit less when we actually get the scientific numbers. Not only can you go a really long distance on a single charge, it is also equipped with fast charging. So you could get an extra 300 miles in like 15 minutes of charging. And if you're at one of the fast charging stations, I think you can get a full charge in half an hour. So you can find something to do for half an hour, right? Now, it is a fast charge, but it is not quite as fast as 0 to 60 time. Some of the competitors are offering sub four second 0 to 60s, and the best that the EQS can do even in the dual motor car is 4.1. But it is so nice and comfortable in here. Are you really going to mind the wait? I can't wait to actually drive this car, because it's certainly fun to sit in, and to play with all of the options, and to look at all of the nice materials. It gives us a lot more to talk about than just performance numbers. There's a reason why Mercedes refers to this car as a limousine. Look at how much back seat space there is. Might almost be better than the front seat. You don't have the full Hyperscreen, but you've got your own little screen in front of you that you can control massage settings on. There's other controls, too, but what do you need besides a massage setting when you're in the back seat of an S class or the EQS? Also, this car has the executive rear seat package, so there's another screen here and wireless charging. I feel VIP right now. I'm putting the massage on. Another benefit of fastback design is the hatch that opens as tall as you need it to and plenty of rear cargo space. Seats fold down, too. Talking again about the evolution of EV design, I feel like when EVs first came out, they all had basically the same wheel. Just sort of like a flat aero wheel, like coefficient of drag, that kind of thing. And Mercedes offers two different wheels for this car. This one which doesn't look like an EV wheel although it still obviously is very efficient, and then, they do have a more traditional solid aero wheel. There's also 21 and 22 inch wheels available. Do you see this? This little guy? He's kind of a mystery. I'm like, what is that? That's not the charging port. That's on the other side. And so I was trying to guess. I had no idea. But if you notice the hood has this nice single piece clamshell. It doesn't really look like-- you're like, where do you open the hood? And it's like, why would you open the hood? You don't need to. There's no engine in there. You're not checking anything. But what if you need to add windshield wiper fluid? Right they're. So clever. Do you like this color? It's like the deep blue at the very end of the day when the light is just about gone. In fact, it's called twilight blue. It's a special edition, though, so if you do like it, you better get your order in quickly. It's only going to be 250. It gives us a lot more to talk about in the luxury EV segment. Compared to competitors the EQS holds some strong cards. Did you like this video? Do you want more like it? Subscribe to our channel. Hit like. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS First Impressions

What is the EQS?

Most of Mercedes-Benz's technology innovations debut in its flagship vehicle, the S-Class sedan. The 2021 S-Class is fully redesigned from the ground up and comes in a variety of powertrains. One surprising absence from the options list is an electric variant, which would help further differentiate the S-Class from its similarly illustrious competitors. That might be because Merc is saving a battery pack for an all-electric vehicle, dubbed the 2022 Mercedes EQS.

Shown here are exterior images of the EQS prototype, which reveal a sedan that looks a bit shorter than the redesigned S-Class. There's a good reason, however. Based on Mercedes' dedicated EV platform, the EQS will likely place the batteries under the passenger compartment, nullifying the need for a long hood. Indeed, the wheel arch ends where the windshield begins, giving it the appearance of a smaller sedan. The sleek roofline recalls the CLA and CLS coupe-like sedans, so there might not be as much headroom in the rear as in a typical S-Class.

The interior shots, however, are pure production EQS. Commanding the entire dash is a new optional display that Mercedes calls the Hyperscreen. It consists of a single curved panel that spans the full width of the vehicle and measures more than 56 inches. It incorporates a digital instrument cluster, plus OLED touchscreens in the center stack and in front of the passenger.

The Hyperscreen is loaded with the newest version of the MBUX infotainment system, which can now learn and adapt to the driver's preferences. For instance, the system can learn the circumstances under which the driver activates a particular feature and then immediately recommend activation when the driver steps into the cabin. The GPS system can also log where the air suspension is used to lift the vehicle (say, over a hump or steeply angled driveway), then ask the driver if he or she wants to raise the vehicle when returning to the same spot.

A number of new features and technologies ensure that you're getting the full Mercedes experience, albeit with uniquely EV-centric enhancements. Two different calming acceleration audio profiles (Silver Waves and Vivid Flux) are available to mask the typical electric motor whirring noise. The audio is pumped out the standard Burmester sound system. You can also download the Roaring Pulse profile, which approximates a high-output gasoline engine. There are unique Energizing Comfort programs specifically engineered if you'd like to take a snooze while recharging the vehicle. Select any one of these three nature programs, and the driver's seat will recline and lull you to sleep with the sounds of a peaceful forest or gentle waves. On a more practical everyday note, you can also specify an air filtration system that uses a HEPA filter to clean the air entering the cabin — not exactly a trifling concern these days.

The new S-Class starts around six figures, and we expect the EQS to cost slightly more. Battery and motor output are unknown at this moment, but Mercedes isn't used to playing second fiddle. Expect performance equal to or exceeding that of its prime competitors, which include the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan and the Lucid Air.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS aims to be, well, the Mercedes of electric vehicles. This range-topping sedan is well positioned to set the bar in the luxe electric class, and it looks to take full advantage of the dedicated EV platform it rides on. S-Class accommodations in a nimble, easy-to-drive package? Consider us intrigued.