Mercedes-Benz EQS

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is available in two models: 450+, and 580. The 450+ is powered by an electric motor that produces 329 horsepower with 350 miles of range. The 580 model produces a substantial 516 horsepower and has a range of 340 miles. Mercedes claims the 450+ has an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds while the 580 reduces that number to 4.1 seconds.

The EQS boasts a 56-inch inch widescreen MBUX Hyperscreen display across the front dash which uses artificial intelligence to bring features and commands to the surface on the go. Mercedes is pushing technology to new heights with the Three-Pointed Staran AI system that listens, learns your face and fingerprint and adapts to your habits.

Standard features on the EQS include 20-inch alloy wheels, a self-leveling AIRMATIC® air suspension, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a power sunroof, heated auto-dimming power folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, and chrome accents round out the exterior. The interior is luxury at its finest with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power adjustable front seats with memory settings, LED ambient lighting in the dash, and doors with 64 colors to choose from, a 15-speaker premium sound system is paired to the HD Satellite radio, a 12.8 touch screen, navigation, 6 USB ports, wireless device charging, Bluetooth and smart phone integration round out the inside features.

The 580 model adds a second-row sunroof, 21-inch wheels, dual-zone climate controls, a 17.7-inch touchscreen as well as a 12.3-inch passenger touchscreen, and a power tilting and telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel.

Safety is key with 7 airbags, adaptive cruise control, an unresponsive driver assist system, automated parking assist, active blind spot and lane departure, forward collision mitigation with cross traffic warning, rear collision mitigation, a pedestrian detection system, a driver attention alert and a traffic sign information display.

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Editors' First Take

In the year since the electric Mercedes-Benz EQS went on sale it's been a big success, outselling every other full-size luxury sedan in the US except for its gas-powered S-Class sibling. But that still only adds up to 4,048 EQS sedans and 8,739 S-Classes sold through the second quarter of 2022. What really matters to American consumers are SUVs, especially big ones, which makes Mercedes' new EQS SUV a really big deal.

The EQS SUV is exactly what it sounds like: The crossover equivalent to the EQS sedan. While still plenty blobby, the SUV's more traditional styling should appeal to a wider range of customers than the egg-shaped sedan, and it still boasts a slippery drag coefficient of 0.26, making it one of the most aerodynamic SUVs around. Compared to Mercedes' other large three-row SUV, the gas-powered GLS, the EQS SUV is about 3 inches shorter overall but has a 3-inch-longer wheelbase. The EQS SUV's large black panel 'grille' features a massive Mercedes emblem, and the slim LED headlights have cool triangular light signatures. Running boards are thankfully optional, and the EQS SUV comes with a range of cool 20-, 21- and 22-inch wheels.

From the driver's seat the EQS SUV's interior looks identical to the sedan, aside from the taller and more upright driving position. The EQS450 comes standard with the same wing-shaped dashboard as the sedan, which features a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.8-inch central touchscreen running Mercedes' latest MBUX software. Optional on the EQS450 and standard on the EQS580 is the Hyperscreen, which features three displays totaling 56 inches of display space housed under one seamless glass panel. Even with the Hyperscreen, the EQS has a good amount of real wood trim on the center console and door panels, with the option to get dozens of little aluminum Mercedes star inserts. The available Neva Grey and Biscay Blue color scheme is my favorite, as it really lightens up the interior and gives it a more airy feeling.

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