The Mercedes-Benz EQS is the German brand’s next electric sedan, and these photos show engineers comparing it to some Tesla vehicles. The body of this development vehicle still wears a camouflage wrap and additional concealment on the body.
While the EQS generally looks like the new S-Class, the EV has slightly different specs. There’s a smoother, more aerodynamic nose with headlights that tilt inward. An arched roofline gives the vehicle a svelte appearance. At the rear there is a liftable tail. Black sensors around the body indicate that this vehicle has sophisticated driver assistance technology.
Earlier spy footage also shows that the EQS has a high-tech cabin with large screens. There is a rectangular bezel around the instrument screen. The infotainment screen has a portrait layout and the pictures suggest that the lower part of it includes the controls for the HVAC system.
The EQS is based on the modular electric architecture of Mercedes. The configuration includes flat batteries under the cabin and an electric motor powering each axle. This powertrain offers a range of over 700 kilometers (435 miles) in the assessment of the new European driving cycle, which should be enough to eliminate any customer anxiety about range. There are also four steering wheels for better handling.
Driving it with a Tesla Model S and Model 3 shows that Mercedes engineers understand their EV’s main competitor. At this late stage in EQS’s development, it’s probably too late to make any meaningful changes, but the development team can always tweak the technology to match or surpass what Tesla offers.
While we know the regular S-Class is making its debut this year, the timing of the EQS unveiling is a mystery. It’s possible the EV could also debut in 2020, but don’t expect sales to start until 2021.