New 2022 Mercedes EQS 580 for two days and figure out how it stacks up not just against competitors, but up against the S Class itself.
Unlike the old models of which are based on existing internal combustion Mercedes Benz models, the 2022 Mercedes EQS 580 is a standalone model in its own right.
2022 Mercedes EQS 580 first dedicated electric car platform features a newly developed range of drive trains, a battery promising a range of up to 485 miles under the European test procedure, and arguably the most advanced interior you’ll find in any current production car.
Positioned at the top of a growing list of EQS badged models.
It also acts as a technological showcase for the Mercedes Benz brand, featuring several innovations we can also expect to see on upcoming models, including a LIDAR-based level three autonomous driving function.
Aesthetically, the Mercedes EQS 580 is a radical departure from traditional combustion engine Mercedes Benz models with a cab-forward profile similar to that previewed by the Mercedes EQS vision concept back in 2019.
Mercedes EQS 580 Exterior
Distinguishing exterior elements include a black grille, a pair of angular headlamps available with what Mercedes calls digital light, which has matrix projectors with 1.3 million pixels in each headlight that can be used to project warning symbols onto the road surface or for some startup theater and a horizontal light bar across the leading edge of the hood.
For the first time on a Mercedes Benz production model, the clamshell-style hood is fixed, designed to be opened only during servicing the filler for the windshield washer is integrated into the driver’s side front panel flipping out when pressed the steeply raked windshield flows into what Mercedes describes as a one bar roofline.
It’s our tracing to the rear decklid. The doors are frameless and feature the same flush handle seen on the latest S Class.
Mercedes Benz claims the Mercedes EQS 580 betters the Tesla Model S for aerodynamic efficiency with a record-breaking production car drag coefficient of 0.20 in base rear-wheel-drive form in combination with an optional AMG styling package and specially developed low drag wheels.
The Mercedes EQS 580 is an aluminum-intensive platform that supports drive train layouts either single motor and rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive.
The electric motors produced by Valeo Siemens II automotive are mounted low within a subframe at the front and within the axle assembly at the rear.
Mercedes EQS 580 Battery
A 396-volt lithium-ion battery assembled by Mercedes Benz sister company accusative uses a steel and aluminum casing and is integrated into the floor, giving the Mercedes EQS 580 a much lower center of gravity than the Tesla S Class.
The power electronics Meanwhile are packaged up front under the fixed hood.
Mercedes EQS 580 Interior
Mercedes put a lot of effort into the interior of the Mercedes EQS 580 which combines its unique elements with features from other models in the brand’s lineup.
The standard setup brings a layout similar in appearance to the latest S class with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a 12.8-inch infotainment screen in combination with a multifunction steering wheel featuring touch-sensitive controls on the upper spokes North American buyers will also be able to opt for the so-called hyper screen, a one-piece curved screen that stretches across the width of the dashboard.
Mercedes EQS 580 has three digital displays one for the instruments, one for the infotainment functions, and another ahead of the front passenger seat.
It is impressive, no doubt.
But the 56.7-inch widescreen is prone to reflections in sunny conditions, despite the inclusion of a sensor that automatically alters its brightness.
A high set center console divides the front seats, which are broad and magnificently comfortable if a little short on lateral support.
They can also be ordered with up to 19 motors and a total of 10 massage programs.
Although Mercedes Benz says the Mercedes EQS 580 has a flat floor, there is a slight rise in the middle of the structure to increase stiffness.
This is most noticeable from the rear which can be configured with either a three-passenger bench seat or two individual seats.
Rear Seat accommodations are excellent, especially in terms of leg and shoulder room.
While the Mercedes EQS 580 does without a front storage compartment, its 22 cubic feet of trunk space is more than that offered by the latest S Class.
The Mercedes EQS launch with two models.
The entry-level EQS is the rear-wheel-drive EQS 450 plus, which uses a rear-mounted permanent magnet electric motor that makes 329 horsepower and 419-pound feet of torque.
We expect the 450 plus to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about six seconds.
It has a range of 485 miles under the W LTP test procedure used in Germany.
That should equate to roughly 360 miles of range in the United States using the EPA methodology.
Its 107-kilowatt hour battery will be used by all EQS models at launch. A smaller 90-kilowatt hour battery is also planned for the EQS 450.
Plus, the flagship model is the all-wheel-drive EQ s 584 Matic, which is the one we drove.
It uses two permanent magnet motors with a combined output of 516 horsepower and 631-pound feet of torque, the Mercedes EQS 580 should scoot to 60 miles per hour in about four seconds and have roughly 315 miles of range in the US.
Battery charging is via CCS socket at either 11 kilowatts or 22 kilowatts on level two AC while its peak DC fast charging rate tops out at 200 kilowatts.
Mercedes Benz claims a preconditioning function and an intelligent cooling strategy allow high current to be maintained for long periods maximizing charging rates.
It also provides a 10 year or 155,000-mile guarantee for the battery.
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