Mercedes-Benz presents the new flagship of the electric EQS ​​sedan, which is to take on Tesla

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV

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Mercedes-Benz expects its new EQS sedan to redefine the all-electric luxury vehicle segment as it competes against Tesla and a growing number of up-and-coming startups and older automakers.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS 2022 presented on Thursday marks a new era for the German automaker as it focuses on electric vehicles. The car will be part of its large S-Class family when it hits US showrooms this fall.

“The EQS should exceed the expectations of even our most demanding customers,” said Mercedes-Benz and Daimler boss Ola Kaellenius in a 63-page press release for the car. “This is exactly what a Mercedes has to do to deserve the letter ‘S’ in its name. Because we do not give this letter lightly.”

Above all, the interior of the vehicle looks more like a cockpit from a futuristic spaceship than a car. It has screens across almost the entire dashboard of the vehicle. In total, it has three screens under a single curved 56-inch glass surface, including a passenger screen that is not visible to the driver.

The automaker hasn’t released pricing for the EQS, but industry experts expect it to be slightly above $ 100,000. The starting price for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2021 is between 94,000 and 160,000 US dollars. The Mercedes-Maybach S models can exceed $ 200,000.

“You started at the top,” said Jessica Caldwell, Executive Director of Insights at Edmunds.com. “This is similar to what we’ve seen with some other automakers. It’s the most expensive vehicle that comes out first.”

Tesla’s large Model S sedan prices range from $ 79,990 to $ 149,990, including the new high-end, high-performance Model S Plaid.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV

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Anti-Tesla

The interior of the EQS is essentially the opposite of Tesla models, which have a modern, sleek interior. Some Tesla models only have a large screen in the center of the instrument panel that controls almost all aspects of the vehicle.

The EQS “has to have a trademark to get noticed. I think it will be attractive to some buyers to make people feel very futuristic that they are actually driving something else,” said Caldwell. “But I think the simplified design for Tesla made a lot of people very happy.”

The exterior of the EQS is similar in design to its traditional S-Class siblings, but is a bit more aggressive in relation to the front of the vehicle. A special “Edition One”, which was presented by the company, has a two-tone black and silver paintwork throughout the vehicle.

The car is the first EV on a new vehicle platform for Mercedes-Benz. It also features a new generation of batteries with a significantly higher energy density that allows for a longer range.

The first models to hit the U.S. offer up to 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. The fully electric range of the vehicles is expected to be around 770 kilometers.

For the technical area, the vehicle has a number of safety and comfort functions, including a new driver assistance system that can be used to control the vehicle’s speed and braking as well as support other functions such as changing lanes or staying in lane. The system is more driver-controlled than other systems from Tesla and General Motors.

The EQS will also include an available augmented reality system including a head-up display that projects three-dimensional graphics such as arrows onto the screens to show drivers where to go.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV

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EVs

The EQS is part of Mercedes-Benz’s “Ambition 2039” initiative, which comprises more than half of the cars sold with electric drive systems, including all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Mercedes-Benz is in a race with other legacy automakers to bring new electric vehicles to market to catch up with industry leader Tesla, which accounts for the majority of all-electric sales in the U.S. They also expect a host of new competitors like Lucid, which plans to launch a luxury EV later this year.

“I think Mercedes Benz will do a great job on electric vehicles,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader. He said they should be a great competitor to Tesla, which he attributes to really showing the auto industry “what people really want when it comes to electric cars.”

“They didn’t want an economy box,” he said. “You want a high-performance car with lots of luxury and you will pay for it.”

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV

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