• The Mercedes EQS Has a Steep Starting Price and up to 516 Horsepower

  • The new EQS has a starting price of $102,310.
  • There are two power output levels and three trims for each, making for six versions of the EQS.
  • One of the power output options is the 450+ with 329 horsepower and 419lb-ft of torque.
  • The other power output option is the 580 4Matic, with 516 horsepower and 611lb-ft of torque.
  • The EQS can come with the 56-inch "hyperscreen" with three displays.
  • In addition to the "hyperscreen," the EQS can also come with a 12.8 inch portrait display, similar to the one in the new S-Class.
  • The three trim levels are Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle.
  • The EQS is expected to arrive in showrooms later in the fall of 2021.

Mercedes’ new luxury EV isn’t cheap, but it is powerful

Tesla has been killing the EV market for about a decade now. Mercedes gave us an answer in the form of the EQS, and now, we know all about the trim levels and pricing. Will it be priced competitively enough to dethrone the Tesla Model S?

Power and drivetrains

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There are two power output levels and three trims for each, making for six versions of the EQS.

The EQS is available in two different power configurations: 450+ and 580 4Matic.

The 450+ delivers 329 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled to the rear wheels. The 580 4Matic, on the other hand, has two electric motors – one on each axle – and makes 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque.

Additionally, the EQS will come standard with 10-degree rear steering to help maneuver the 17-foot long behemoth around a cramped parking lot.

Features

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One of the most prominent features is that Mercedes is offering complimentary maintenance and free unlimited 30-minute DC-Fast Charging sessions with Electrify America included for the first two years. We will have to see how this works out as the Electrify America system does not have a reputation for stellar reliability.

The infotainment on the 450+ will be in the form of a 12.8-inch portrait screen. While the 580 4Matic will be fitted with the massive 56-inch curved piece of glass containing three displays spanning the entire length of the dashboard.

Regardless of which model you end up with you will use the latest version of MBUX, which may be the most intuitive infotainment yet. The idea is that there are no layers, meaning no sub-menus. Think of your phone having all the apps and programs listed on the home screen.

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The other power output option is the 580 4Matic, with 516 horsepower and 611lb-ft of torque.

This system is supposed to be able to determine which features and options are most beneficial at any given moment. It also has a program that puts you on the most economical route based on traffic, topography, temperature, necessary heating and cooling, and speed.

The EQS also comes standard with a Burmeister Surround Sound System, which at over $100,000, it probably should.

Other comforts and luxurious features include the double module panorama roof, which effectively makes the entire roof glass, rapid-heating and ventilating front seats, and a filtration system that can eliminate "99.65% of particles of all sizes."

Trim levels and pricing

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One of the power output options is the 450+ with 329 horsepower and 419lb-ft of torque.

The EQS will also come in three trim levels; Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle.

The former starts at $102,310 for the 450+ and $119,110 for the 580 4Matic, Exclusive starts at $105,710 for the 450+ and $122,510 for the 580 4Matic, and lastly, the Pinnacle has a starting price of $108,510 for the 450+ and $125,310 for the 580 4Matic.

Some standout bits from the Premium trim, in addition to the other standard equipment, are the Parking Package with the Surround View System and 64-color ambient lighting.

The Exclusive trim, in addition to everything in the Premium trim, includes the rapid heating front seats, the air balance package, and massaging front seats.

The Pinnacle trim includes heated and ventilated rear seats, additional USB-C ports, and everything that is included in the two other trims.

The EQS is expected to arrive on showroom floors in the fall of 2021.

Source: Mercedes.com

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