Mercedes-Benz is now accepting binding orders for the EQS. The EQS 450+ variant with 245 kW costs at least 106,374.10 euros, the all-wheel-drive model EQS 580 4MATIC is listed at 135,529.10 euros.
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In the USA, the first EQS will be handed over to customers in the course of the fourth quarter of 2021. In Germany, deliveries are scheduled to start at the end of September, according to Mercedes
As with the EQC, there will be a special “Edition 1” model for the EQS for a limited period. According to Mercedes, the surcharge for this is 18,433.10 euros. The “Edition 1” includes the AMG Line, a black metallic paint, 21-inch wheels in AMG design and the panoramic sunroof. Inside, there are comfort seats upholstered in Nappa leather in the colour combination “Neva Grey” and “Reflex Blue”, trim elements in open-pore walnut wood or design belt buckles.
Even without the “Edition 1” package, a metallic paint finish and leather trim come as standard on the EQS. The Hyperscreen – i.e. the curved screen unit that extends across the entire width of the interior – is only part of the standard equipment on the EQS 580 4MATIC all-wheel-drive model; on the base model, the Hyperscreen costs 8,568 euros extra – so the price difference of around 29,000 euros is not just due to the additional electric motor.
Both variants of the EQS offered so far use the larger of the two battery options. The twelve modules here offer a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh, which should provide a range of 770 kilometres for the EQS 450+ according to WLTP. Daimler does not mention the WLTP range of the EQS 580 4MATIC in the announcement, which has not yet been communicated; the configurator gives the figure of 671 kilometres – for the all-wheel-drive model without further equipment. For the “Edition 1” package with additional equipment, the configurator still showed a WLTP range of 607 kilometres.
As reported, Daimler will only announce the 90 kWh battery with ten modules “for some markets” towards the end of the year.
Mercedes emphasises the over-the-air updates, with which functions can be subsequently activated in the EQS for the first time via the “Mercedes me Store”. At launch, the offer is to include three functions: a “highlight mode” in which the vehicle presents itself and its equipment highlights, two additional driving modes with limited performance data for novice drivers and parking services (50 euros) or an individualisation package with several light animations and mini-games in the infotainment system. The latter is included in the purchase price for 12 months, after which the extension is to cost 89 euros.
The announced OTA functionality of the rear axle steering will not be available at launch. The rear wheels can turn up to 4.5 degrees ex works, optionally up to ten degrees can be activated via software – for 1,547 Euros. In principle, customers will be able to buy individual functions or use them on a subscription basis. “Temporary activations and free test phases are also planned,” says Daimler.
However, it is not only software functions that are to be available on a subscription basis, but also the EQS itself. “Mercedes-Benz Bank offers private and commercial customers attractive financing and leasing conditions for the EQS, including a subscription model,” Mercedes informs. In addition, there are to be two insurance policies including “electric protection”. This includes insurance for the charging cable, for example, or – more important financially – all-risk coverage for the battery.
Update 15 September 2021
The fully electric Mercedes-Benz EQS is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £99,995 for the EQS 450+ AMG Line. First UK deliveries are expected late 2021. All EQS models will also come with a three-year subscription in the UK for Mercedes ‘me Charge’, which is to provide access to renewably sourced charging from multiple public charging providers and includes a one-year subscription to IONITY’s rapid charging network.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
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