Mercedes-Benz completes development of a Tesla Model S rival: prototypes of the EQS executive electric sedan have been spotted on European roads with little disguise.
Despite the similar dimensions to the traditional S-Class, the EQS will have completely different body proportions: with a short nose, sloping rear and a long cab. And tiny windows in the area of the front doors are usually installed on minivans.
But inside the similarity with the flagship of the company in the S223 generation is much more. It has the same central 11.9-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The rest of the interior elements are still hidden from the eyes of the curious.
Mercedes-Benz EQS is based on the MEA (Modular Electrical Architecture) platform, it was originally designed for the use of electrical power plants. Chassis created from scratch for electric vehicles are good in that they allow you to assemble the units in the most optimal way, without resorting to the compromises inevitable when converting a chassis with an internal combustion engine to use an electric drive.
The Germans have already confirmed a cruising range of 700 km. The EQS is expected to be driven by two electric motors, one for each axle. Their total power will exceed 400 hp.
Mercedes-Benz is about to build the EQS at the company’s headquarters near Stuttgart. It is noteworthy that other models of the EQ electric family are assembled in other factories: EQC – in Bremen, and EQA – in Rastatt.
Rival Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT should reach showrooms in 2021: no exact dates have been announced yet.