Imagine my surprise when Mercedes-Benz canceled the highly-awaited U.S. debut of its EQC all-electric SUV earlier this year. Instead, the automaker is wielding an arguably bigger and more potent stick with the 2022 EQS luxury SUV.
Yes, you can think of the EQS as an all-electric derivative of the S-Class since the former shares most of the latter’s cockpit operating structure. However, the differences get more significant the deeper you dig, since the EQS is the first Mercedes built using the German carmaker’s all-new, dedicated modular architecture for luxury vehicles.
It’ll also be the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz you can buy stateside after it officially debuts this fall. Like you’d expect from a flagship car with that three-pointed star, the EQS delivers a potent combination of brains and beauty. “At Mercedes, we are striving for nothing less than leadership in the field of electric mobility and digitization through an intelligent platform strategy and a software-based approach,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The new EQS shows we are following our own Mercedes path by offering customers a highly-efficient, electric, and luxurious experience with our electric vehicles.”
First previewed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show as the Vision EQS, shown above, the production model is almost everything that I’d hope as far as a concept brought to life. It has a cab-forward fastback design with almost non-existent front overhangs, counterbalanced by extended rear overhangs. The EQS’s one-bow aesthetic is more evident when viewed from either side.