Mercedes-Benz has joined the ranks of automakers going electric — and in a big way. The new luxury flagship EQS is the first of six electric vehicles set to arrive within the next two years, all of which will be marketed under the new Mercedes-EQ sub-brand.
Two flavors of the EQS are available to start, the EQS450 Plus and EQS580 4Matic. The performance-focused AMG EQS sedan will follow, along with the EQS SUV and EQE mid-size sedan and SUV. All will use a new platform designed specifically for EVs, aptly dubbed Electric Vehicle Architecture in Mercedes-speak.
Aimed squarely at competitors, such as the Tesla Model S, the EQS is more tech-focused and less conservative than the more coddling and traditional S-Class. It’s not intended as a replacement for the S-Class, however, which was also redesigned for 2021.
We recently had a chance to sample the EQS450 Plus and EQS580 4Matic and came away largely impressed. The EQS comes packed with the tech features favored by Tesla buyers and delivers Mercedes-Benz levels of powertrain refinement and sophistication. But not all is perfect. Here are six things we like about the 2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS, and four we don’t.
For a quick look at the good and bad, read on. For a more detailed evaluation, click the link above to read Aaron Bragman’s complete review.