OBERAL PSTRASSE A winding two-lane road through the Swiss Alps, through a thrilling tunnel that is several kilometers long. Famous as one of the finest drive roads in Europe, on sunny summer days it can turn into a harley or caravan rented conga line. However, on this occasion, it rained coolly on Thursday morning, July 15th. I saw the Alps almost with my own eyes. Me and the powerful 2022 EQS 580 4Matic Sedan, Daimler’s Mercedes-EQ subbrand all-electric S-class. At EQS, you don’t ride alone.
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According to Mercedes, up to 350 sensors and cameras monitor, listen to, and record all feet, blinks, and utterances on the road, using AI-like algorithms to analyze driver needs, routines, and comfort. It is a learning machine that predicts. Consider an automatic massage feature that detects and manipulates seat occupant sitter hotspots via a pneumatic bladder. I don’t know if I should tip.
The greatest flexibility of EQS is the ridiculous 56-inch wide MBUX hyperscreen dash display, backed by eight CPU cores and 24 GB of RAM, to give your car its own drive-in. The 5804Matic I rented also had a 710 watt, 15-speaker Burmester audio system. The effect is bottled in German for £ 5,888. schhhhteel, Leather padding and acoustically insulated glass. It’s like DJing a rave at Juliet’s grave.
The first EQS of the four models, which share a whole new electrical architecture, including SUVs, is a crucial product for Daimler AG when coerced. After the diesel gate (2015), German automakers claim that the transition to electrification needs more time. Daimler’s pledge to reach the fleet’s carbon neutrality is hopefully entitled “Ambition 2039.”
As if. On Wednesday, 14 July, the European Commission in Brussels announced a proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 55% by 2030 and by 100% in Member States by 2035. And it was before the sun rose on Thursday, revealing the destruction across Europe caused by unprecedented rain and floods — a tragedy widely attributed to climate change. By Friday, even the EC’s revised proposal seemed lacking in urgency, with scores killed, injured, and missing.
EQS is a learning machine that uses AI-like algorithms to predict driver needs, routines, and comfort.
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Accepting electrification sooner as the next level of luxury. The frictionless walking of the EQS, the majestic thrust, and the levitation sophistication along the Oberalpstrasse make the Legacy S-Class feel like a coal-burning steamship. They should have called it regicide.
Among the driver-centric features are rear steering assist and chassis linkage that allows the rear wheels to rotate up to 10% in either direction. With this system, Luxottica over 17 feet can easily make a U-turn in just 35.7 feet. In the mountain switchback, the rear steering helps whip the car’s big butt around a tight radius.
The other invisible entity of Oberalpstrasse was the Tesla Model S. Almost 10 years after the first Tesla sedan was declared the best car in the world, EQS represents the long-awaited counter punch from Stuttgart. Indeed, with all these in-house geniuses, can Daimler finally put gloves on the chin of Elon Musk?
It’s not a number, it’s not a number. EQS will arrive in the United States this fall as one of the EQS 450+ (single motor, rear wheel drive, 329 hp / 419 lb-ft). Or EQS 580 4MATIC (dual motor, AWD, 516 hp / 631 lb-ft combination). With just one permanent magnet synchronous motor, the 450+ glides up to 60mph in a stately 5.9 seconds. The 5804 Matic runs the certificate in just 4.1 seconds.
The EQS floor-mounted battery pack has a usable capacity of 107.8kWh and is suitable for a range of up to 780km according to European WLTP standards. In US EPA terminology, this is about 485 miles, but no official figures are listed. The recharge rate is also impressive. With DC fast charging (up to 200 kW), EQS can reach 80% of capacity in 31 minutes.
These are powerful results, but Tesla is not. One reason is that the EQS is almost a foot longer and 1,122 pounds heavier than the associated Model S. Also, to reduce mass, Tesla allows some items that Mercedes can’t do, such as a 12-volt battery. Daimler’s Big Book specifies an independent 12 volt power supply. Mass optimization was not a strength of Mercedes.
Otherwise, EQS will ante-up well at Tesla’s table. All models are available for a wide range of wireless (OTA) updates, including downloadable features and games. The cabin atmosphere is sparse, with HEPA filters, optional fragrance dispensers, and more indirect lighting than Vincente Minnelli’s films. The electric door handle pops out like someone you know.
EQS will hit the market with unthinkable numbers. This is the lowest aerodynamic resistance of any production car, a wraith-like whisper 0.20 Cd including wheels and tires. This is slightly below the number Tesla claimed for the Model S a few weeks ago (0.208).
Impressive is that two cars that look like the wind can look very different to us. EQS’s strong and bizarre cab-forward proportions and “one-bow” roofline seem to stand out in an effort to avoid the Model S-ness. The magical words in the styling are “progressive luxury” and “sensual pure”. I remember that old Swiss folk expression, the box office.
EQS also becomes difficult internally. Tesla is famous for reducing all driver information and most controls to a central touch screen. EQS, on the contrary, spreads them on a hyperscreen with a tactile response and a “zero layer” interface. That is, there are few embedded menus. Have you ever tried to find something on your desktop with your mom’s computer icons scattered around?
2022 EQS 5804MATIC
Estimated price tested: $ 150,000 to $ 185,000
Power train: Fully electric front and rear mount permanent magnet synchronous motor. 396 V / 107.8kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. 9.6kW onboard inverter; single speed transmission, torque vectoring AWD
Power / Torque: 516 hp / 631 lb-ft.
Length / Width / Height / Wheelbase: 207.28 / 83.66 (with mirror) / 59.57 / 126.38 inches
Curb weight: £ 5,888
0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds
range: 485 miles (approximate)
Trunk capacity: 22 cubic feet
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2022 EQS 580 4Matic: Mercedes Answer to Tesla Model S
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