2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS: A Pioneering Electric Luxury Sedan – Thorough Examination
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is set to revolutionize the electric luxury sedan market with its groundbreaking features, performance, and opulence. Challenging the Tesla Model S Plaid, the EQS offers a unique blend of power, comfort, and cutting-edge technology.
Performance and Power
While the Tesla Model S Plaid boasts 1020 horsepower and 1050 pound-feet of torque, the AMG EQS holds its own with a maximum of 751 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. Despite its heavier weight of 5911 pounds, the EQS aims to deliver a well-rounded electric luxury-performance sedan experience, focusing on ambiance, posh appointments, comfort, and driving satisfaction.
Pricing and Opulence
Starting at $148,495, the EQS offers a luxurious experience with a price tag to match. Our test car, equipped with several options, came in at $159,055. In comparison, the Model S Plaid has a base price of $131,440, with our test car totaling $137,440. The AMG’s interior is pure opulence, rivaling any gas-fired S-class’s rich passenger space.
EQS SUV: The Future Flagship
Mercedes-Benz is also developing an electric SUV called the EQS SUV, positioned to take the flagship mantle from the S-Class when the company goes all-electric. Sharing the same electric-drive platform and 126.4-inch wheelbase as the EQS sedan, the EQS SUV offers more space with a taller tailgate and increased headroom in the second row. However, the tradeoff is a reduced range of up to 305 miles for the single-motor EQS 450+.
Impressive Technology and Charging Capabilities
The EQS features a configurable 12.3-inch gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen, showcasing the latest in automotive technology. The 108.4 kWh lithium-ion batteries provide a range of at least 340 miles and support 200-kilowatt DC fast charging. This allows the state of charge to go from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 31 minutes, ensuring convenience and efficiency for EQS drivers.