The 2022 Mercedes EQS 450+ sedan is similar in size to an S-Class, but the similarities essentially end there, as this electric luxury sedan is radically new in many ways.
The S-Class is pretty much the industry standard for large luxury sedans. So if Mercedes wants to make a splash in the world of electric luxury, it needs to produce a high-quality large electric luxury sedan. The vehicle has huge shoes to fill in competition with the luxurious Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air electric sedans.
On its website, Mercedes has currently lined up two trims for the 2022 EQS sedan: the EQS 450+ sedan and the EQS 580 4MATIC sedan.
Here are the main specs and differences between the two versions of the 2022 Mercedes EQS sedans.
The 2022 EQS 450+ sedan generates 329 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. It’s 0 to 30 acceleration or 5.9 seconds. The EQS 450+ sedan is priced at $102,310 MSRP.
The EQS 580 4MATIC sedan, meanwhile, generates 516 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. It’s 0-60 acceleration is 4.1 seconds. The starting price for the 2022 EQS 580 4MATIC sedan is $125,900 MSRP.
The exterior of the 2022 EQS 450+ sedan
For starters, the EQS doesn’t look like the Mercedes we know except for a few wacky concepts. You could say it’s a very futuristic take on the CLS four-door coupe or even the AMG GT four-door coupe, but that would be a bit of a stretch.
Neither car has the completely slick front end of the EQS; an area devoid of a traditional grille or joints between body parts. In addition, we do not open the “hood” of an EQS. Instead, a body panel is removed using a tool! This sort of thing explains why, in the case of an electric car, maintenance costs are lower and the common operations that EV owners must carry out (filling up windshield washer fluid, for example) can be carried out at from a panel located in front of the left front fender. They don’t need to open a traditional hood. In addition, the headlight lenses are very futuristic and connected by a full-length light bar. Not very typical for a Mercedes.
Then there are the wheels. There are many designs unique to the EQS, but they were all developed with aerodynamics in mind. The 21-inch wheels seen in these photos are perfectly suited to their surroundings. They are simply spectacular.
Over the decades, Mercedes-Benz has built an enviable reputation for the quality, presentation and technology of its cars. For many, this is one of the main criteria for buying and justifying the prestige of the manufacturer. As we enter a new era in automotive history with electrification, Mercedes-Benz is once again reinventing itself with the 2022 EQS sedan and that brings me to its incredible interior.
The interior of the 2022 Mercedes EQS 450+ sedan
As soon as you open the door, you notice the huge screen that Mercedes-Benz calls “Hyperscreen” as it is imposing. In fact, the EQS 450’s hyperscreen goes seamlessly from the left side of the driver’s dashboard all the way to the passenger window. It measures over 56 inches long. It is a three-dimensional and curved wall lamp.
Essentially, EQS’ gigantic hyperscreen incorporates 3 sub-screens, one for the instrumentation, one for the infotainment system and another for the front passenger. The driver will have three different graphic styles: discreet, sporty or classic.
The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia and infotainment system is now in its second version since the introduction of the 2021 S-Class. With the EQS, you will find the same features and capabilities. As it should be, the various systems are managed by voice and touch control on the steering wheel and on the screen.
In addition, there are no less than 12 actuators to make a small vibration when in contact with the screen. For the more computer-savvy, here are some interesting numbers: 46.4 gigabyte 8-core processor and 24 gigabyte random access memory (RAM).
On the accessories side, there are no less than 7 different configurable profiles and, among other things, access to a Burmester surround sound system with 15 speakers totaling 710 watts. In fact, all vehicle controls and management go through the MBUX. Also note that there are three different ambient sounds (Silver Wave, Vivid Flux and Roaring Pulse) which all provide a different feel and hearing experience. To this you can also add the 27 different languages configured in the programming.
There is an extremely important detail to consider; “hyperscreen” will be an option in the EQS electric sedan. It is currently priced at $7,230. For versions without “hyperscreen”, the interior will look like the 2021 S-Class.
Although the EQS is shorter than the S-Class, its cabin is more spacious. We owe this reality to its very design on a platform dedicated to electrification. Without constraint, the stylists succeeded in optimizing the interior volume.
Like many car reviewers, I’m also one of those who lament the lack of traditional switches in today’s cars, but I was surprised at how well the EQS interface does without them. The tactile keys on the screens all elicit a reaction and although there is a lot going on, a 20 minute discussion and demonstration with one of the project managers reassured me. It wasn’t as intimidating as it sounds after all.
The rear wheel steering system is equally amazing. It allows these wheels to be turned by up to 10 degrees to reduce the vehicle’s turning radius and make it as short as that of a compact A-Class. I’ve had this feeling before where the rear of the car sways independently of the front, but never to such a degree. This system makes driving and parking in the city easier.
Driving the 2022 Mercedes EQS 450+ sedan
As the power is delivered instantly, this big electric sedan starts and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Those numbers aren’t quite those of an S63 AMG, for example, but they’re fast enough for anything the EQS 450+ sedan can do.
Frankly, full speed isn’t the goal here. What you expect from a car like the EQS EV is a serene, comfortable ride that makes you feel like you’re driving a vehicle from another world. The EQS 450+ sedan has air suspension, continuously adaptive dampers and incredibly soft and comfortable seats (with a host of massage functions) so you won’t be tired after a long drive.
A caveat is in order in this review, however. If you’re used to the bigger space in the back of an S-Class, please spend some time in the backseat of the EQS 450+ sedan and do your own comparison when you’re ready to buy one.
A few words about the EQS 450+ sedan range
The EPA rates the EQS450+ at 350 miles of range and the EQS580 at 340 miles. However, when I received the vehicle for review, it was 97% charged and the range showed 413 miles. I tried to research this “dilemma” and found that a real-world range test showed the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ could go 422 miles.
Edmunds notes that its drivers testing the EQS for more than 450 miles at an average temperature of 67 degrees also managed to complete a total of 422 miles. That’s 72 miles or more than the EPA estimates, or 20% above the estimate. Thus, the range of the Mercedes EQS 450+ Sedan 2022 is higher than the Tesla Model S Plaid and lower than the Lucid Air.
Also, keep in mind. EQS monitors your driving habits and adjusts the total number of kilometers available to your driving style. If you drive the EQS Fast, your range will decrease. your mileage may also vary with temperatures.
What I liked about this vehicle is that it has a futuristic design in every way. I would say the EQS 450’s hyperscreen infotainment system is unmatched in the automotive industry. The EQS drives really serenely and I loved the 10 degree rear wheel steering which gives you more maneuverability in city driving.
Are you a new owner of an EQS sedan? If so, please let us know what you like and maybe dislike about this luxury sedan.
Armen Hareyan is the founder and editor of Torque News. He founded TorqueNews.com in 2010, which has since published news and expert analysis on the automotive industry. He can be reached at Twitter couple newsFacebook, Linkedin and Youtube.
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