Apparently, the first Mercedes-Benz EQ model developed from the ground up to be fully electric and not based on an existing ICE-powered car will have a range of up to 770 km (478 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
That only means that its EPA range numbers will be around 450 miles as well, at least for that version of the EQS, which will also have a record-breaking drag coefficient of 0.20 thanks to several modifications to the standard vehicle.
The largest battery fitted on the car will have a capacity of 108 kWh, according to Mercedes, although we don’t yet know if that is the usable capacity or the gross energy content.
Either way, the new EQS is definitely going to be one of the most efficient electric sedans in the luxury segment if those numbers translate even remotely to real-life driving. More than one battery size will be available, with both two-wheel-drive and AWD versions to complete the drivetrain lineup going forward.
There might even be an AMG version at one point, especially since Mercedes-Benz probably wants a piece of the Porsche Taycan’s and Audi e-tron GT’s market as well.
Based on a newly developed modular platform, the model is the first of many, with an EQS SUV and an EQE notchback sedan to expand the Mercedes EQ lineup by the end of this year as well.
As the largest and likely most expensive member of the EQ family, the soon-to-be-unveiled EQS will be the lineup's crown jewel, so most of the development was concentrated on it, hopefully with good results.