Daimler starts sales of electric flagship Mercedes EQS
German carmaker Daimler opened on Tuesday, officially ordering for its new electric flagship, the Mercedes EQS. Two models are offered initially: the 245 kW EQS 450+ and the all-wheel-drive EQS 580 4MATIC with 385 kW, with prices at €106 374,10 and €135 529,10 respectively in Germany (19% VAT included).
For that money, leather interior and metallic paint are included, the press release says. In Germany, the EQS will be available from the end of September. In the US, deliveries will start somewhere in the last quarter.
Limited Edition 1
There is a limited ‘Edition 1’ option too for those willing to pay 18 433 euros extra with AMG Line and 21-inch wheels to add a sporty touch on the outside, a panoramic sliding sunroof, Nappa leather in neva grey/reflex blue, luxury multi-contour seats, and door sill panels with illuminated ‘Edition 1’ lettering in white, among others.
The MBUX Hyperscreen will cost an extra €8 568 on the EQS 450+ but is standard on the EQS 580. The Hyperscreen combines behind the curved cover glass the so-called instrument panel (12,3 inches), the large center touchscreen (17,7 inches), and a smaller touchscreen on the passenger side (12,3 inches).
The 141-centimeter-wide cover glass is manufactured using a special process to provide high break resistance and a distortion-free view across the entire width. Under the touchscreens, one can find a total of twelve actuators that provide haptic feedback.
770 km range
The EQS 450+ is the 245 kW single-motor base model. With the largest battery, it would achieve the 770-kilometer range. The EQS 580 4MATIC is an all-wheel-drive model with 385 kW and two engines.
There is no specific range mentioned yet by Daimler for the EQS in the latest press release. It gives combined consumption (WLTP) figures of 19.8 to 15.6 kWh/100 km for the 450+ and 21.2- to 18.4 kWh for the 580. The maximum DC charging capacity is 200 kW, shortening charging times to 31 minutes.
Both models have a limited top speed of 210 km/hour. The 450+ accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 6.2 seconds. The 580 only needs 4.3 seconds for that.
Battery cells from CATL
More battery-specific data are missing in the press release. Last week, Daimler announced that the EQS would get a newly developed battery pack using Chinese CATL battery cells. This includes the CATL cell-to-pack (CTP) design, eliminating conventional modules and directly integrating the cells into the battery.
The two partners have already started working on future battery generations in several vehicles within the next few years. The goal is to shorten development cycles, significantly increase the ranges of future batteries through advances in energy density, and reduce charging times.
The EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz to offer the option of activating completely new vehicle functions via over-the-air updates (OTA) in many areas. The launch offer includes a customization package with a ‘Roaring Pulse’ sound experience and several mini-games (Tetris, Sudoku, Pairs, Shuffle Puck) to be played on the Hyperscreen.
You’ll also get additional digital light animations for opening and closing, two special driving modes, ‘beginner driver mode’ and ‘valet service mode’, and the ‘highlight mode’ in which the car introduces itself and its equipment.
Normally you can purchase those things at an extra price. But, according to Daimler, after the purchase in the Mercedes me Store, the new OTA function is enabled in the background. A corresponding notification appears in the central display. The communication module installed in the vehicle transmits the data by radio.