In the realm of automobiles, discussions often revolve around the thrill of driving, engine performance, and other mechanical aspects when it comes to gas-powered vehicles. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, tend to steal the spotlight with their cutting-edge features, connectivity, and seamless integration into our digital lives. Enter the Mercedes-Benz EQS, an electric luxury sedan that transforms the ordinary commute into a captivating digital experience.
Performance and Dynamics
While the EQS dazzles with its tech and luxury, it falls short in some aspects of everyday driving dynamics. Its syrupy responses, unremarkable handling, and odd brake-pedal feel leave something to be desired. However, Mercedes has promised to address these issues with a new brake system for the 2024 model year, offering hope for a more engaging driving experience.
What's New for 2024?
Mercedes has not rested on its laurels and has introduced significant improvements for the 2024 EQS. The new regenerative braking system is expected to deliver a more confident brake feel, addressing one of the previous model's major drawbacks.
Enhanced battery chemistry increases energy density, providing more power without increasing battery size. The addition of the Intelligent Disconnect feature further enhances efficiency, disengaging the front motor to reduce powertrain drag and improve range.
A standard heat pump draws heat from drivetrain components to warm the cabin, reducing the drain on the main propulsion battery. Moreover, performance gets a boost with more powerful motors, delivering an even more exhilarating driving experience.
Variety of Models and Pricing
The EQS lineup offers three models with different powertrains and trim levels. The EQS 450 4Matic, in the top Pinnacle trim, is a standout choice. It combines luxury, convenience, and safety features, providing an impressive 335 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Despite the all-wheel drive, the estimated range is only slightly less than the rear-wheel-drive model, thanks to the Intelligent Disconnect feature.
Electric Power and Performance
The EQS450+ boasts a rear axle single motor, producing 335 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the EQS450 4MATIC, and you'll enjoy the all-wheel drive, maintaining the same horsepower but increasing torque to 590 pound-feet. For even more power, the EQS580 4MATIC combines for 516 hp and 611 pound-feet of torque. The acceleration is impressive, with the EQS450+ going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the EQS580 achieves this in just 3.7 seconds. All EQS models feature adaptive air suspension and rear-axle steering for a smooth and stable ride, especially on the highway.
Range, Charging, and Efficiency
The EQS models come equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack with a usable capacity of 108.4 kWh, slightly larger than the previous version. The 2023 EQS450 4MATIC, for instance, offers an impressive range of 340 miles. Fast-charging capabilities allow for a rapid replenishment of the battery, making long journeys hassle-free. Additionally, the improved battery chemistry enhances efficiency, contributing to impressive MPGe figures.
Luxury Interior and Tech
Mercedes maintains its reputation for crafting luxurious interiors with the EQS. LED headlights, air suspension, a panoramic roof, and an array of high-tech features come standard, even on the entry-level EQS450+. The star of the show is the 56-inch-wide Hyperscreen, turning the entire instrument panel into a captivating glass-panel display. Thanks to its spacious interior and generous cargo space, the EQS offers a comfortable and practical ride, fitting for a flagship Mercedes.
Safety and Driver Assistance
Safety is paramount in the 2024 EQS, with a plethora of standard driver-assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control and self-parking assist. While official crash test results are pending, Mercedes has prioritized safety in its design.
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