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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS detailed: Record driving range puts Telsa Model S, Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan on notice

The EQS is the S-Class of electric cars – literally.

Mercedes-Benz has debuted its new dedicated electric vehicle (EV) platform with the EQS upper-large sedan, which resets the benchmark for series-production driving range (WLTP) with up to 770km on offer.

Due in Australia in December, the EQS will initially be available in EQS450+ and EQ580 guises, with the former powered by a 245kW/568Nm rear-mounted electric motor, which helps it sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds, while its top speed is 210km/h.

Of course, the EQS580 goes a step further by adding a front-mounted electric for 4Matic all-wheel drive and outputs of 385kW/855Nm. It hits triple digits in 4.3s and has the same terminal velocity as the EQS450+.

Better yet, Mercedes-Benz says it plans to introduce more EQS variants in the future, a performance flagship with 560kW being one of them. It is likely to fall under the AMG banner.

Both the EQS450+ and EQS580 use a 107.8kWh battery, with the former travelling 770km between charges, while the latter’s claim is yet to be released.

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Speaking of charging, the EQS450+ and EQS580 support 22kW AC charging, taking five hours to increase battery capacity from 10 to 100 percent, while 200kW DC fast-charging from 10 to 80 per cent requires 31 minutes.

Or to put it more simply, the EQS450+ can add back up to 300km of driving in as little as 15 minutes, while the EQS580 can recuperate 280km in the same time. Regenerative braking (up to 290kW) also charges the battery while on the move.

Styling-wise, the EQS clearly stands out from the S-Class crowd, with its unique shape going hand in hand with its drag coefficient of 0.20, which is a record for a series-production vehicle.

In fact, the cab-forward EQS is actually a liftback, and not a traditional sedan like its S-Class sibling, with its tailgate making it the much more practical option of the two.

Measuring 5216mm long, 1926mm wide and 1512mm tall, the EQS’s boot has a cargo capacity of 610L, although it can be increased to 1770L by stowing the rear bench.

Elsewhere inside, the EQS can take things to the next level with the curved Hyperscreen, which almost stretches from A-pillar to A-pillar to dominate the dashboard. Yep, even the front passenger gets their own 12.3-inch OLED display to control the MBUX multimedia system.

Interestingly, the EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available with over-the-air upgrades, with features like 10-degree rear-wheel steering able to be ‘optioned’ after delivery. Free trials and subscriptions for them are also planned.

While remote park assist is available via a smartphone application, it’s not the ultimate party trick, as the Digital Light headlights project guide markings or warning symbols onto the road to assist the driver.

That said, in Germany initially, the EQS will be able to self-drive in built-up traffic at speeds up to 60km/h, allowing the driver “to undertake secondary activities such as browsing on the internet or dealing with emails in the in-car office”, according to Mercedes-Benz.

Needless to say, the EQS has put its closest rivals, including the Tesla Model SAudi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, on notice. Stayed tuned for local pricing and full specification details as they get announced closer to its launch.