2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS450+ Electrifies Luxury

 

The less powerful version of the EQS offers relative value and range for a six-figure outlay.

 
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The 107.8-kWh battery sandwiched in the floor also helps keep road noise to a minimum. That big battery also allows the EQS450+ to go an estimated 350 miles between charges. While that range bests the other German electrics, Lucid and Tesla both have models that far surpass that number. Find a Level 3 DC hookup and the EQS can go from 10 percent charge to 80 percent in 31 minutes. On a typical Level 2 setup, the EQS take just over 11 hours to go from 10 percent to 100 percent.
 
 Moving the electrons around in the battery is a single motor driving the rear wheels that makes 329 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. It's not nearly as quick as the 516-hp EQS580, but it'll shove you into the massaging seats. After the initial thrust from a stop the acceleration tapers off, but 60 mph is yours in a claimed 5.9 seconds. In more relaxed driving, the right-now torque affords the EQS the same sort of effortless waftability that Rolls-Royce has been touting for decades.
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Yet what really reminds us of the Spirit of Ecstasy is the suppleness and silence of the suspension as it glides over the tarmac. Not much of the outside permeates the EQS's cocoon. The long 126.4-inch wheelbase certainly helps attenuate bumps, but it's the tuning of the standard air-spring suspension that maintains the serenity despite our test car's 21-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear summer rubber.

Those sticky tires provide excellent grip despite the Benz's estimated 5600-pound curb weight. Press it hard into a corner and it remains flat, and the low center of gravity born of the massive battery in the floor seemingly drills the car into the center of the Earth. Steering efforts are light and don't pick up much even in Sport mode, but the easy efforts help mask the heft and size of this S-class-sized hatchback.

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Four-wheel steering turns the rear wheels up to 10 degrees in opposition of the fronts at low speeds, helping to shrink the turning circle to 35.7 feet, making this very big Benz feel like an A-class. There's an ease and luxury to the whole driving experience, that is only interrupted by the brakes. Hitting the brakes in the EQS starts with energy regeneration from the motors and then blends in the stopping power of the four massive brake rotors. Stepping into the brake pedal is an initially mushy experience that doesn't slow the car much. Keep pushing and you reach a hard point where the pedal resists being moved further. Press harder and the deceleration finally hits, but it takes a lot of pedal pressure to get meaningful braking, and by then you're sailing towards that burgundy Corolla at an alarming rate.

Using those unnatural-feeling brakes can be largely avoided by pulling on the right paddle behind the steering wheel twice. Do so and you get the maximum regeneration (what Mercedes terms Recuperation) that largely eliminates the need to touch the brake pedal and allows one to speed up and slow down in traffic by using only the accelerator. That max regen mode won't bring the car to a complete stop though. The system slows the car to about 5 mph and then continues to creep ahead. There is an additional regen mode that requires you to hold the right paddle called Intelligent Recuperation. It utilizes the adaptive cruise-control radar and camera systems to optimize regeneration based on the surrounding traffic, the topography, and the twistiness of the road. When engaged, it'll bring the car to a stop provided the car in front of you has stopped. It certainly works, but it's not smart enough to stop at a stop sign or red light and will only react to whatever the car ahead is doing.

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Aside from this being Mercedes's first car built on its new EV platform, the other big news is the so-called Hyperscreen. The Hyperscreen consists of three screens that are covered in a massive glass panel that spans the width of the dashboard. The three touchscreens control nearly every function in the car, from setting an interior temperature to a game of Tetris. As a new system, it takes a bit of getting used to, but after a few hours of experimentation we became comfortable with scrolling through radio stations, looking up the outside air quality, setting a destination on the native navigation system, and pairing a phone to the system. Once paired, we largely skipped Benz's system for Apple CarPlay. There is also the option of talking to the EQS. Saying "Hey, Mercedes" wakes the EQS's virtual assistant that can help with a number of controls from setting the temperature to making a phone call. It works surprisingly well, but talking to your car always seems just a little silly.

The Hyperscreen certainly looks like the future, but the instrument display in front of the driver is set high. That elevated cowl is the exact opposite of the low and simple dashboard of a Tesla Model 3 or even a Model S. The brain adjusts to it, but without an engine ahead of you, why does the cowl need to be so high?

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We also questioned the lack of a frunk. A cabin air filter and some other ancillaries live under the fixed hood, but the EQS makes up for that deficiency with an absolutely massive amount of cargo space under the hatch. And, if that's not enough, the rear seats fold away.

There's also a lot of space in the rear seat—leg-crossing, stretch-out space. Sitting in the rear seat you realize that this car is a reimagining of the S-class. In addition to the S-class appointments, performance, technology, and space inside, the EQS comes with an S-class-like price. The least expensive EQS450+ starts at $103,360, moving up to the Exclusive Level adds $3400, and the appropriately named Pinnacle Level comes in at $109,560. Pricing for the more powerful EQS580 opens at $120,160, requires an additional $3400 for the Exclusive trim, and for those who want it all, the Pinnacle will wear a $126,360 window sticker. Aside from the acceleration, the smaller motor EQS450+ is the same luxurious experience as the EQS580. If you never floor it for more than a couple of seconds, you'll never feel like you should have gone with the quicker car. The EQS450+ is just as quiet, just as refined, and just and lovely as the more expensive EQS580. So, for those who don't think every car that's next to you at a red light is competition, you'll be just fine.

(https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a37917666/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs450-drive/)

Mercedes S Class Manufactory personalization

Behind the name Manufaktur lies Mercedes' personalization department, which can now be counted on by potential buyers of the new S Class who are ready for additional allocations.

Mercedes-Benz offered the possibility of personalization "signed" by Manufaktur to the customers of the new G Class two years ago, and a similar treatment has been offered with the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and CLS models, which are now joined by the new S Class (and its more luxurious Maybach version).

Among the interesting options of the Manufactory department for the S Class are certainly several body colors that characterized certain Mercedes models of the 1960s and 1980s, so the customer can order his new S Class in the color with which Mercedes painted the famous 300 SL Gullwing or indestructible predecessor E Class from the legendary W123 series.

There are many combinations of colors and materials that can be chosen in the luxuriously equipped interior of the Mercedes flagship, and the Manufaktur offer and in the case of the cabin offers retro color combinations that characterized the S Class, which were produced until 2012. The customer has the last word.

According to a recipe that Rolls-Royce and Bentley have been using for years, Mercedes-Benz will soon offer a personalization program for the most pampered, along with the ultra-luxury SUV Maybach GLS, but also its electrically powered EQS version that arrives on the scene in 2023.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Edition 100 and Mercedes-Maybach GLS Edition 100

Following the promotion of the new generation S-Class in early September 2020, Mercedes also held the premiere of its luxury Mercedes-Maybach version two months later.

Now the range has been expanded with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Edition 100 version, which marks the 100th anniversary of the first production Maybach model.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Edition 100 comes with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 450 kW / 612hp, a 9-speed automatic transmission, 4Matic all-wheel drive, as well as V12 markings on the front fenders.

Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 4.5 seconds, and can reach el. limited to 250 km / h.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is an extended and most exclusive variant of the new S-Class (wheelbase is 180 mm longer and is 3396 mm), with a luxurious interior and even more space for rear passengers (for which seats with massage function and separate heating are also provided for neck and shoulders).

The car is 5469 mm long, 1921 mm wide and 1510 mm high, while the weight of the vehicle is 2350 kg.

Also, great attention is paid to sound insulation, which is also contributed by the Active Noise Compensation system.

Compared to the standard S-Class, the car also received a redesigned grille, trimmed bumpers, headlights with Digital Light technology, wheels up to 21 inches, double M logo on C-pillars, two-tone exterior (in this case Cirrus Silver / Nautical Blue color combination), leather interior (Crystal White / Silver Gray Pearl color), chrome elements, el. rear door opening, panoramic roof, air suspension, active rear wheel control, 12.8-inch OLED central display, 12.3-inch 3D driver's display, MBUX Interior Assist with gesture control, ambient lighting, Burmester 4D surround sound system, automatic seat belt extension for rear passengers, level 3 driver assistance systems (Drive Pilot system can take control at speeds up to 60 km / h) ...

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Edition 100 will be made in a limited series of only 100 copies, but the price has not been announced yet (in any case, it will be more expensive than the Maybach S-Class S680 model, which costs 217,323 euros in Germany).

Also, there is the special Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 Edition 100, which will also be offered in a series of only 100 copies.

Here, too, we have a two-tone exterior (Silver / Nautical Blue combination), a leather interior (Designo Crystal White / Silver Gray Pearl combination), as well as special series markings.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 differs from the regular GLS by a more striking chrome front grill, wheels as well as an extremely comfortable interior with the highest quality materials and richer equipment (seats with heating, massage and ventilation, with multi-zone air conditioning and MBUX infotainment system).

Under the hood is a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with 410 kW / 558hp and 730 Nm, with a 48-volt EQ Boost system.

Platinum Motorsport Mercedes-AMG G63

* Modified Mercedes-AMG G63, a creation of Platinum Motorsport from Los Angeles

* There are Barbus widebody kit (fender extensions, new bumper and grille, carbon fiber hood, new rear bumper), Adventure package (includes lift kit), winch, LED roof lights, carbon fiber spare wheel cover ...

* The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has been boosted to 700hp

* The Mercedes-AMG G63 from Platinum Motorsport costs from 550,000 to 600,000 US dollars

G&B Design Mercedes G class

Among the tuners that offered packages for tweaking the Mercedes G-Class is the German G&B Design, which calls its creation G-Boss.

Their package includes a new aero body kit (modified front bumper with spoiler, fender extensions, sills, carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber mirrors, rear roof spoiler, rear diffuser), new spare wheel cover, additional roof lights, set of black 24-inch wheels, a new exhaust system, as well as a tidy interior (black leather, yellow seams, carbon fiber elements).

The vehicle is in a striking Solarbeam yellow color (with a contrasting black roof), while the price is not stated in the short news.

Mercedes EQE, Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 and Mercedes EQB

Mercedes announced even earlier that by 2025, customers will have an electric alternative for every model that this brand produces. This has already started, with the EQS and S class, as well as the EQV / V, EQC / GLC, EQB / GLB and EQA / GLA models.

The long-announced electric Mercedes EQE was presented today and will be exhibited at the Munich Motor Show next week.


According to a factory statement, at the upcoming IAA Motor Show in Munich from September 7 to 12, Mercedes-Benz presents the full breadth of its current and future electric mobility offer - from compact models, luxury sedans to multi-purpose vehicles ( MPV).


The German premium carmaker will use this showroom to highlight its commitment to the idea of ​​“Lead in electric” in all its sub-brands.


With the EQE model, the Mercedes-EQ brand will show how sporty and comfortable an electric business sedan can be. The car combines dynamic performance and comfortable travel - and sets new standards in its class. The same goes for the generous space inside, while the single-arch body design gives the EQE an athletic build.


In terms of dimensions, the EQE is 4946 mm long, 1961 mm wide and 1512 mm high, while the wheels are 19 to 21 inches.


Also, the EQE has a long wheelbase (the platform is Electric Vehicle Architecture - EVA), which allowed for a spacious interior inspired by the larger EQS.


Mercedes states that the EQE 350 with 215 kW / 292HP and 530 Nm will initially be available (with a single charge of 90 kWh lithium-ion batteries it can go up to 660 km), as well as that other versions will arrive later.

The MBUX Hyperscreen (three screens with a total width of 141 cm) also stands out, and the optional AIRMATIC air suspension should also be mentioned.

Production of the Mercedes EQE will take place at the factory in Bremen (Germany) and at the BBAC plant in Beijing for the local market.

Mercedes-AMG EQS 53

The next electric novelty is the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC +, whose electric motors have a combined disposal of 484 kW / 658 hp and 950 Nm (with the Dynamic Plus package 560 kW / 762 hp and 1020 Nm).

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is 3.4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 220 km / h (with the Dynamic Plus package is 250 km / h).


There are also 107.8 kWh batteries (autonomy is between 526 km and 580 km per WLTP), all-wheel drive and control, AMG RIDE CONTROL + adaptive air suspension, as well as brakes with discs of 415 mm front and 378 mm rear (optionally with AMG ceramic brakes and 440 mm discs).

Mercedes EQB

Mercedes also held a European promotion of the electric SUV model EQB today, which premiered in April this year at the Shanghai Motor Show.


This car could be described as an electric alternative to the GLB model, from which it differs, among other things, by the modified front part. In addition, the EQB has the same wheelbase as the GLB, which means 2829 mm.

The length of the vehicle is 4684 mm, width 1834 mm and height 1667 mm.

The EQB will offer seats for five or seven passengers, while the volume of luggage space is from 465 to 1620 liters and 495 to 1710 liters, respectively.


It should be noted that the third row of seats can accommodate passengers up to 165 cm in height, as well as that the second row of seats can optionally be moved 140 mm in length.

The vehicle also features full-LED headlights, alloy wheels up to 20 inches (some in rose gold or blue), as well as LED taillights that extend the entire length of the rear.


The interior has been given new materials and colors compared to the GLB, and there are also rose gold details and an MBUX infotainment system.


The car is based on the MFA platform, and will offer a total of seven configurations, with front or all-wheel drive, as well as multiple battery packs starting at 66.5 kWh.

Among other things, the EQB 350 4Matic with two electric motors and a total of 215 kW / 292HP (autonomy 419 km) will be available in Europe.

There will also be a version with front-wheel drive EQB 250 (one electric motor with 190HP), as well as EQB 300 4Matic with two electric motors and a total of about 245HP.

An 11 kW charger is standard, as well as the possibility of charging at DC stations for fast charging up to 100 kW.

After its premiere in Europe, its sale in America is planned for 2022.

Production will take place in Kecskemét in Hungary and Beijing in China.

Electric Mercedes EQG at the Munich Motor Show

It has been known for some time that Mercedes-Benz is working on a fully electric version of the G-Class, a model that CEO Ola Kallenius described as inevitable.

As things stand now, the future electric EQG will be presented in concept form as early as next month at the Munich Motor Show.

Rumors of such a G-Class began in October 2020 when Mercedes confirmed its plans to make the G-Class its own brand. The EQG will arrive at the Munich fair in the form of a concept, but it should be close to the serial version.

Leaked documents from April 2021 indicated that the electric G-Class would be given the name EQG, which corresponds to the other fully electric members of the EQ. The same documents revealed that the car will be available in two versions - EQG 560 and EQG 580.

The EQG will have standard all-wheel drive. Judging by the EQS 580 sedan's propulsion system, the EQG 580 will likely have two electric motors (one on each axle) with a combined power of 385 kW / 523hp and 828 Nm of torque. The 108 KWh batteries will offer a range of about 500 km, despite the weight and size of the car. Although there is no information on the EQG 560 version, it will probably be a weaker variant that will retain the off-road capabilities of the EQG 580.

The EQG is expected to retain similarity to the G-Class. The square body, classic off-road proportions, large ground clearance and minimal overhangs will be transferred, while the more aerodynamic front end with a covered mask will be in the forefront in design changes, with refined lights and a new wheel design.

For the interior, digital screens and the latest Mercedes MBUX infotainment system are provided, as well as the highest quality materials and rich equipment.

Although we will see the EQG concept in Munich between September 7 and 12, 2021, the serial version will follow later, perhaps in 2023 or only in 2024.

Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 Meets The EQE Classic

Original meets Retro – Mercedes W114 W115 /8 meets the EQE Classic – what about a traditional looking electric car?

If tales of their reliability are even half-true, then most of them must still be in working order. In fact, we’d be surprised if you haven’t actually seen one on the street in the past month or so because the other defining trait apart from reliability was how widely available the model was throughout the entire world.
 
The appearance of the W114/W115 was probably made even more famous by its obvious resemblance to the Mercedes-Benz 600 “Pullman”, a limousine that was used by celebrities (from Elvis Presley to Jay Leno) and political leaders alike (from Mobutu Sese Seko to the Pope, if the latter can qualify as such).
 
With restomodding picking up pace in later years as more and more people want to enjoy classic cars without compromising on the features, comfort, and safety offered by modern vehicles, you’d think the Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 would make a prime candidate. Well, sportier and flashier cars tend to be the preferred choice, but if someone happens to have one of these lying around, why not give it a try?
 
That would be the “civilian” option, but what you see in the picture above (and below) would be the official, Mercedes-Benz-backed option. It is what would happen if the carmaker decided to bring back the spirit of the classic model through a modern reinterpretation. And since Daimler is caught up in a full EV offensive, giving it an electric powertrain would totally make sense.
 
We don’t know about you but if this thing came to life, based on design, at least, we would happily choose it over the EQS. Provided it gets all the tech and all the range of Mercedes-Benz’s top EV, it would be a no-brainer. However, just by looking at it, we can already tell you there is no way the EQW (we just came up with that. We like it. We’ll stick with it) could ever have the same range as the EQS.
 
By trying to remain as faithful to the original as possible (and succeeding), the author – Instagram user lars_o_saeltzer of Larson Design – had to sacrifice a few things, among which are the all-important aerodynamics. The EQW looks cool with its late ’60s vibes and modern lines, but it’s still shaped mostly like a brick. As a result, the air will be reluctant to go by it in an orderly fashion, thus creating drag. Drag hampers efficiency, poor efficiency drains the battery and before you know it, you end up on the side of the road with no more juice in the tank.
 
It’s clear (and understandable why) Mercedes-Benz has gone down a much different road regarding its EQ models, but it’s nice to be able to see things from a different perspective every now and again, for which we are very grateful to these talented people who sacrifice some of their time to delight us with their creations. Keep it up, guys, the world appreciates it. Read more > https://mercedes-world.com/e-class/mercedes-benz-w114-w115-eqe-classic

(mercedes-world.com)

2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Review

 

The humble station wagon used to be the car for families as diverse as the Bradys, the Foremans, and probably the most famous, the Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Vacation. But wagons fell out of favor for high-riding and cavernous minivans in the ’80s and ’90s, which then gave way to SUVs and crossovers, but some stuck around, including this, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain. Looking at the beefy black cladding on the arches, you might call this a crossover, but it’s really an attempt at disguising the humble wagon in much the same way as Audi has the A6 allroad or Volvo has with the V90 Cross Country. Deception, it seems, is the key to saving the station wagon for future generations to enjoy.

With a price starting at a surprisingly reasonable $67,600, the E450 4MATIC All-Terrain Wagon – as it’s officially titled – is a high-riding wagon powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque before the EQ Boost mild hybrid assistance joins the fray. To fit in with its pseudo-SUV styling, all-wheel drive gives this wagon a penchant for dirt. However, from behind the wheel, it feels like a regular sedan, and with spacious seating for five, exceptional handling, and great fuel economy, this high-rider could be the best of both worlds in one exceptional package. Then, when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the E450 All-Terrain has two rear-facing jump seats to make this a seven-seater.


 
Changes: What’s the difference vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain?
Mercedes-Benz is dumping the entire E-Class Wagon range and only the All-Terrain and AMG E63 will be available going forward. Along with the rest of the E-Class range, the All-Terrain boasts a significant design upgrade both inside and outside for the 2022 model year. The old COMAND infotainment interface has been dropped in favor of Merc’s newer MBUX infotainment system inside the cabin, while under the hood, the old AMG-derived twin-turbo V6 has been replaced with Merc’s latest 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six with mild-hybrid assistance.
 
Wagon Exterior
The All-Terrain is based on the Mercedes E-Class, which recently received a significant facelift. Merc essentially takes one updated wagon body, adds some skidplates, matte black body cladding, and a suspension lift to create an SUV-like design. This seems odd to us, considering the existence of the GLE, which is supposed to be the SUV version of the E-Class but, while we’re not sure the black body cladding looks great on this design language, we aren’t complaining about its existence.
 
The All-Terrain gets its own unique grille design and model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels wearing all-terrain tires to set it apart from the rest of the E-Class range. But it inherits a lot, like the LED headlights and twin exhaust outlets. There’s also a power tilt-and-slide sunroof as standard, but a panoramic version is available.


 
Dimensions
The E-Class All-Terrain is 194.8 inches long, which is slightly longer than the GLE’s 194.3-inch footprint. Its 115.7-inch wheelbase is shorter, however. Overall width is 81.3 inches and this raised wagon stands 58.9 inches tall. Considering its sizeable dimensions and mild-hybrid powertrain, a curb weight of 4,530 lbs is on the money for the segment.
 
Exterior Colors
Of the 11 available paint colors on offer, none of them are particularly vibrant. Sedate Black and Polar White are the standard no-cost choices, with several metallic hues making up the bulk of offering at $720 each. These include Obsidian Black, Graphite Grey, Mojave Silver, Lunar Blue, Cirrus Silver, and Selenite Grey. A few premium colors are available including the most flashy, designo Cardinal Red for $1,080, the subdued designo Diamond White for $1,515, or the matte-finish designo Selenite Grey Magno at $3,950.

Performance
The twin-turbo V6 out of the old wagon has been ditched in favor of the newer turbocharged six-cylinder engine with EQ Boost. This is Mercedes-Benz marketing lingo for mild-hybrid assistance. The new engine boasts the exact output figures as the old model but Mercedes claims it’s more efficient, however. And the EQ Boost feature provides an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. The latter figure is the most important, as this car uses electricity to fill in the gaps when the engine isn’t providing its total torque output.
 
The German brand’s famous 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard fitment, which helps the All-Terrain post impressive acceleration figures. Mercedes claims an estimate of 5.1 seconds from 0 to 60, but this is a figure that seems conservative in our eyes and we wouldn’t be surprised to see quicker times recorded in the real world. Its top speed is limited to 130 mph.
 
But where the pseudo-SUV falls short is in its lack of a rated towing capacity. Mercedes doesn’t even sell it with a tow hitch stateside, so if you were contemplating trading in your GLE-Class for this, that might be a factor to consider.


 
Engine and Transmission
The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is only available with a 3.0L turbocharged straight-six with a mild-hybrid assist. Mercedes calls the mild-hybrid assistance EQ Boost, and it’s a 48-volt system that provides up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of augmentation. Importantly, those figures are over and above the 362 hp and 369 lb-ft generated by the six-cylinder engine, but instead of being added to the top, they’re used as a torque-fill lower down in the rev range. The power is sent to a 4Matic AWD system via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
 
This new turbo I6 and 48-volt electrical system is the most Mercedes-like powertrain we’ve felt in a long time. It’s not as fast as the company’s V8s, which are stellar, don’t get us wrong, but this combo is the smoothest application of power, and by far the smoothest stop/start system we’ve tested in years. It kicks on smoother than anything other sub-six-figure machine that we can remember, and it will also coast to a stop with the engine off, even as you modulate the brakes.
 
Acceleration is buttery smooth across the rev range with the nine-speed automatic. We’ve talked about this before but the EQ Boost electric system can add 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of boost when you stomp on it. And from a stoplight, you’re going to want to step on it, to get ahead of all of those SUV and crossover people. It doesn’t have the performance of the AMG E63, but it’s not supposed to, and buyers in this segment don’t want that sort of world-ending performance under their right foot.

 

Handling and Driving Impressions
But it’s the handling department that wagons excel at compared to equivalent SUVs. Around expressway cloverleafs, or roundabouts, or any curvy county roads, the E450 feels as planted as a sports sedan. It stays mostly flat, especially in the sportier drive modes, and the long wheelbase makes high-speed maneuvers feel safe. Then there’s the standard air suspension, which is a crucial part of how this wagon feels.
 
Speaking of drive modes, the E 450 gets two off-road modes that both raise the vehicle higher than its standard 5.75 inches of clearance. The first one is for your average rutted roads, slippery roads and maybe driving on grass, which is always fun. Off-Road+ turns off the traction control and engages hill-descent control at speeds of up to 28 mph. We used the setting at a muddy piece of property and found it more than up to the task of navigating narrow two track roads and semi-deep, rocky trails.


 
Our only complaint in this area is the 20-inch wheels equipped to our tester with 245/40-profile rubber. They have a very low profile and though the suspension sucks up most of the bounce from the road, there’s a harshness to the bumps that doesn’t feel great. At one point we barreled from an asphalt road to dirt with a decent dip at the edge. The E 450 banged, loudly enough that we had to get out and check the tires for a flat. Stick with the standard 19s, which come equipped with slightly higher-profile 245/45 all-season tires. Better yet, ask your dealer to hook you up with some tall 18s lying around, even though these aren’t technically an option.
 
Gas Mileage
According to the EPA, the E-Class All-Terrain claims gas mileage figures of 22/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined in the USA. It’s not what you’d call frugal, but it is an improvement over the old twin-turbo V6 and isn’t beaten by either the Audi A6 allroad or the Volvo V90 Cross Country, beating the former by 2 mpg and matching the latter on the combined cycle. A 21.1-gallon fuel tank is standard, which allows for a theoretical driving range of just more than 500 miles.

 

 Interior
The All-Terrain gets the same interior as the recently revamped E-Class. As far as interior upgrades go, this one is pretty substantial. The restyle comes with new interior color options, an all-new steering wheel, and dual 12.3-inch displays. One display is mounted directly behind the steering wheel and serves as a digital instrument cluster. The second is neatly housed above a lovely curved piece of interior trim housing four air vents. This particular unit is a touchscreen interface and runs Mercedes’s latest MBUX software – perhaps the E-Class’s biggest upgrade.
 
Mercedes also removed some of the clutter found on the pre-facelift model. The only physical buttons are there to operate the climate control, which is a smart move. The touchpad is smaller than it was before and didn’t protrude as much. For the first time, it looks as if it were part of the overall interior design rather than an afterthought.


 
Seating and Interior Space
The E 450’s interior is classic Mercedes. The satin-finished wood and round air vents look amazing – as opposed to the brushed metal look and square vents on the E 63 sedan we recently drove which looked like an industrial vent factory. What’s less convincing is the steering wheel. It’s all-new for the facelift, and the tri-spoke design itself looks and feels great, but the piano black is a little cheap and will be a magnet for fingerprints.
 
As for the rest of the cabin and the seating, Mercedes has pulled off quite the trick in the fact that the E450 All-Terrain is a seven-seater, technically. That’s courtesy of a pair of rear-facing jump seats in the trunk that will seldom see use but are a nifty throwback to an era when wagons were popular family runabouts.
 
In the front of the cabin, the double sunroof is nice and the seats themselves are very comfortable – particularly the multicontour seats equipped to our tester with massage functionality. Front occupants get 37.5 inches of headroom, 41.7 inches of legroom, and 57.8 inches of shoulder room, which is a little tighter than the Volvo V90, but not by much. In the back, the E450 has 38.2 inches of headroom and 36.1 inches of legroom, which is more than enough for most, and there’s enough shoulder room to fit three abreast on shorter journeys without complaints.
 
Those jumpseats we mentioned flip up from the floor when needed and have their own seatbelts. They’re small, so only suitable for small children, but they’d have fun back there, especially as they get to look out the rear windscreen.
 
Interior Colors and Materials
The E-Class is a sweet spot for Mercedes where a higher price tag justified the ability to offer a multitude of upholstery finishes – 13 of them, in fact. There are five no-cost options – various color combinations of Mercedes’ MB-Tex leatherette upholstery including Black, Black/Nut Brown, Black/Macchiato Beige, Neva Grey/Magma Grey, and Magma Grey/Macchiato Beige. Genuine leather costs an additional $1,620 and is available in the same combinations, except for Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey. Nappa leather upholstery retails for $2,990 and is available in Black, Black/Nut Brown, and Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey. For those who want the most luxurious option available, there is only one designo option available. Tack on the $4,900 designo Exclusive Nappa Leather Package and you get Macchiato Beige/Saddle Brown Exclusive Nappa leather, a topstitched Nappa leather dash, a Macchiato Beige headliner in faux suede, and designo floor mats.
 
As for trim inserts, there are six options. Only the designo Black Piano Lacquer adds anything to the price of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain as a $1,300 option. We’d stay away from it anyway because it highlights smudges so easily. Instead, the no-cost options of Natural Grain Black Ash wood, Brown Ash wood, Natural Grain Brown Ash wood, Burl Walnut, and Natural Grain Grey Ash Wood are much better suited to the atmosphere of the car.

Trunk and Cargo Space
The E-Class All-Terrain offers a class-leading 35 cubic feet of cargo capacity. It easily trumps the Volvo V90’s 25.5 cube trunk and the 30 cubes provided by the Audi A6 allroad. The rear seats fold forward and nearly flat, in which case the Mercedes has 64 cubic feet of space for stuff. The only thing the E 450 can’t do is tall cargo, which is where it falls short compared to the GLE-Class. That said, the cargo bay is far more practical than a GLE-Class Coupe, and with a lower load-in height, you’re less likely to scuff the rear bumper.
 
Inside the cabin, the door pockets are on the narrow side, but the glovebox is significant, as is the storage space underneath the armrest. Ahead of the infotainment touchpad, a flip-up lid reveals two cupholders and space for a phone or set of house keys, while in the rear, the center seatback folds forward revealing two more cupholders.

Infotainment and Features

Features
The E-Class All-Terrain Wagon boasts the same standard features as the revamped sedan. It boasts all-LED exterior lighting, a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with a memory function, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a fold-out rear-facing third-row, keyless go, power liftgate, an illuminated entry system, and 64-color interior ambient lighting. As with all Merc products, the options list is extensive, with items like tri-zone climate control, massaging front seats, seat ventilation, heated armrests, a head-up display, and even soft-close doors. The standard raft of assistance features includes attention assist, blind-spot assist, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, advanced tire pressure monitoring, and Pre-Safe. Most of the advanced driver assists are only available as part of an optional package that gives you semi-autonomous capability and nearly every conceivable assist.
 
Infotainment
Like the rest of the new Mercedes lineup, the E450 gets two 12.3-inch screens next to each other, one for the driver cluster and one for the infotainment features. You can touch the infotainment screen, control it with the touchpad (though this doesn’t have a wrist rest to brace your hand, so it’s harder to use it while driving), use the steering wheel touchpad, or yell “Hey, Mercedes,” followed by instructions and/or questions.
 
Other functionality includes the regular AM/FM radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and twin USB-C ports, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included. You have to pay extra for SiriusXM, though. Navigation is standard, but from the options list, augmented video for this is available, which uses the front-facing camera and overlays directional arrows and street names onto the screen so you never miss a turn. The standard audio is nothing to write home about, but a 590-watt, 13-speaker Burmester system can be equipped. In-car Wi-Fi is also available, as is wireless device charging.
 
As far as actual interaction with the system goes, the screen works quickly and doesn’t get hung up. The voice control system in this particular vehicle never seemed to recognize my voice prompts, but we have had better success with it in other models. We’re hoping this was a one-time thing.

Problems and Reliability
For a premium brand, Mercedes-Benz seems to have an inexplicably high number of recalls annually, which is a little concerning. At the time of our review, the E-Class All-Terrain had no fewer than eight recalls to its name, ranging in severity from no rearview camera image and a faulty front seat adjustment switch to parking sensor malfunctions, inaccurate vehicle location, incorrect seat adjustment, and in more severe cases, loose side-impact crash sensors and improperly mounted rear headrests that could result in poor neck support in a crash.
 
Mercedes includes a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty as standard.
 
Safety
While the IIHS is yet to review the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, it has evaluated the sedan, giving it top honors as a 2022 Top Safety Pick +. This rating only applies to models equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package. The NHTSA has a review of the E-Class wagon on record, with an overall rating of five stars out of five.
 
Key Safety Features
Traditional safety features include seven airbags including a driver’s knee bag, but rear-seat safety can be bolstered by optional rear-seat side airbags. Other features include ABS, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, crosswind assist, active brake assist, and Merc’s Pre-Safe system, which prepares the car when it senses an impact. Unfortunately, the only modern driver assistance feature Mercedes includes as standard is blind-spot assist. Mercedes offers a Driver Assistance Package with 15 advanced features, but it adds $1,950 to the price. Considering there are cars that cost a third of the price that include these features as standard, this is a big letdown. Especially for a car that punts itself as a family crossover.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain a good car?

We love wagons, in almost any form, for all the reasons we’ve mentioned above. You get all the dynamic benefits of a sedan with the space of an SUV. And modern wagons just look cooler than crossovers, although the Brady’s Pontiac Satellite longroof was undeniably cool.
 
Mercedes no longer sells a regular version of the E-Class Wagon, with this crossover in its place to lure in buyers who might have set out in search of an SUV, and we think it’s a smart move. This particular wagon, with the buttery-smooth inline-six and EQ Boost, is plenty fast for anyone not looking to lay rubber around every corner, and the stop/start system is up there with the Porsche Panamera hybrid as one of the best we’ve ever experienced. It’s also about half the price of the AMG wagon, vastly more comfortable, and decently capable off-road. The interior strikes a fine balance of spaciousness, luxury, and practicality, and the driving dynamics are almost flawless. We wish Mercedes would include more standard driver assistance for the money though.
 
Personally, this writer isn’t a fan of the black body cladding, but it’s a necessity in a world obsessed with SUVs. Rivals like Volvo and Audi all have something similar, but the powertrain here is by far the best. Of course, rivals are cheaper and some are more spacious. We definitely think the 2022 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain does enough to justify a lead in this segment, but we wouldn’t sign a deal without test driving the Volvo first.
 
What’s the Price of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain?
The price of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain starts at $67,600 for the E450 4Matic, excluding the destination charge of $1,050. This is some $40k cheaper than the only other wagon Mercedes sells – the AMG E63 Wagon – but that deficit can quickly be made up if you’re liberal with the options. So, in the best interest of good consumer reporting, we specced an E450 All-Terrain to the max, and it nearly reached six figures. Fully loaded, it carries an MSRP of $96,910 including destination – nearly 50% more than the base price.
 
2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Models
Only one 2022 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain Wagon model is available, the E 450 4Matic. It’s powered by a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder with mild-hybrid assistance and power is sent to Merc’s 4Matic AWD system via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
 
Standard specification includes LED exterior lights, a power tailgate, power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats with a memory function, and leatherette upholstery. The 12.3-inch touchscreen interface is Apple CarPlay and Android compatible and runs Merc’s new MBUX interface with voice commands. The standard safety specification consists of attention assist, blind-spot assist, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, advanced tire pressure monitoring, and Pre-Safe.
 
Additional Packages
Merc’s options menu is a combination of packages and standalone options and is too long to mention in full here without sounding like a brochure. However, there are two key packages worth opting for. The Premium Package costs $2,300 and adds a six-month SiriusXM subscription, active parking assist, a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic assist, and a Burmester surround-sound system with 13 speakers. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,950) dynamic cruise control, active and evasive steering assist, lane keep and change assist, speed limit assist, congestion emergency braking, and active brake assist to name just a few. There are also a handful of worthwhile standalone items, and while we’d forego the $550 soft-close doors, the $1,320 massaging front seats are something special. We also like the idea of the $1,100 head-up display, $760 tri-zone climate control, $350 augmented reality navigation, and the $1,000 panoramic sunroof, although if we were spending lots of time off the beaten path, we’re not sure it’d do too well in the long term.
 
What Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Station Wagon Should I Buy?
We love the AMG E63 S Wagon. It’s impossible not to. But at $112K, you don’t get double the utility for almost double the price of this E450. So this just makes so much sense. The paint colors are boring except for the Cardinal Red Metallic at $1,080 which gets our nod of approval. We’d stick to the standard 19-inch wheels but select the $900 Exterior Lighting Package for the intelligent LED lighting and adaptive high beam headlights. On the inside, we’d stick with a no-cost wood-look trim and choose one of the $1,620 leather upholstery options – not the $4,900 designo Nappa leather. Throw in massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, the Driver Assistance Package, Premium Package, and head-up display and you’re all-in on a great package deal for less than $80,000 including destination.

Comparisons

2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain vs Audi A6 allroad
These two vehicles are remarkably similar, right down to the cylinder count and mild-hybrid assistance. The Audi only has 335 hp to play with, but its 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds matches the Mercedes claim. Mercedes wins the fuel efficiency battle though, 2 mpg more efficient across the board than the Audi, and we peg it as having the smoother powertrain, too.
 
It’s another win for the Mercedes when it comes to cargo capacity. It offers five cubic feet more room with the seats folded up, and it has a third row of seats in a pinch. Both have classy, comfortable interiors, but we think Audi pulls it off a little better, and it comes with more toys as standard, with more safety features and the likes of tri-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera, and a 16-speaker B&O sound system. Despite this, its pricing starts at $1,700 less. The Audi may represent better value in this regard, but the Merc makes the most sense to us from a practicality perspective, and the added fuel savings paired with more power – smoother power at that – sway us in favor of the E-Class, if only by a little.
 
2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain vs Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo’s V90 Cross Country might just be the most handsome wagon out there, but looks alone can’t win this fight. In one crucial way, Volvo is superior. The Swedish brand always includes a lot of safety features as standard despite its base price being nearly $13,000 less than the Merc.
 
The Mercedes does make the V90 feel old, however. Volvo’s twincharged four-cylinder engines were impressive a few years ago, but not anymore. At just 316 hp combined, it’s 46 hp down on the Merc and is nowhere near as refined. Yet the Mercedes is still able to match the Volvo’s gas mileage.
 
We’re thankful Volvo started this whole minimalist interior trend, but the Sensus touchscreen system is also starting to show its age. No matter how well you know it, you still have to look down to do something as simple as changing the cabin’s temperature. The Merc’s tech is much newer and much easier to use, and dare we say it, its interior also feels fresher. The Volvo may be slightly more spacious, but it doesn’t have third-row seats, and the trunk is smaller than the Mercedes. We’ll always have a soft spot for Volvo wagons, and the V90 CC is exceptionally cool, but the 2022 E-Class All-Terrain is a superior car, even if you have to pay a fair bit more for that superiority. If you’re shopping on a budget, though, the V90 is exceptional value for money. 

(mercedes-world.com)

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Writes Its Own Rules

When Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius unveiled the 2022 EQS in April, he described it as a defining moment for the world's oldest carmaker. We're numb to hyperbole when it comes to car launches, but in this case it's hard to argue with the 52-year-old Swede who has wasted little time steering the company deeper into the electric-vehicle market.

Unlike the EQC, EQV, EQA and EQB—all of which are based on existing internal-combustion Mercedes-Benz models—the EQS is a standalone model in its own right. Benz's first dedicated electric-car platform features a newly developed range of drivetrains, 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 EQ-badged models, it also acts as a technological showcase for the Mercedes-Benz brand, featuring a number of innovations we can also expect to see on upcoming models, including a Lidar-based Level 3 autonomous driving function.

Aesthetically, the EQS is a radical departure from traditional combustion-engine Mercedes-Benz models, with a cab-forward profile similar to that previewed by the EQS Vision concept back in 2019. 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-bow roofline, its arc tracing all the way to the rear decklid. The doors are frameless and feature the same flush handles seen on the latest S-class. Mercedes-Benz claims the EQS 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.

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Compared to the new S-class, the EQS is slightly shorter and narrower. It rides on a 126.4-inch wheelbase, which is just 0.2 inch shorter than that of its combustion-engine stablemate, giving it relatively short overhangs and a very roomy interior.

The EQS's aluminum-intensive platform supports two drivetrain layouts—either single motor and rear-wheel drive or dual-motor, all-wheel drive. The electric motors, produced by Valeo Siemens eAutomotive, are mounted low within a subframe at the front and within the axle assembly at the rear.

A 396-volt lithium-ion battery, assembled by Mercedes-Benz sister company Accumotive, uses a steel and aluminum casing and is integrated into the floor, giving the EQS a much lower center of gravity than the S-class. The power electronics, meanwhile, are packaged up front under the fixed hood.

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Mercedes put a lot of effort into the interior of the EQS, which combines its own unique elements with features from other models in the Benz lineup. The standard setup brings a layout similar in appearance to the latest S-class, with 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 Hyperscreen, a one-piece curved screen that stretches across the width of the dashboard. It houses 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-wide screen is prone to reflections in sunny conditions, despite the inclusion of a sensor that automatically alters its brightness. It does work with impressive speed, though, thanks to an eight-core processor and 24 gigabytes of RAM. Either display setup is controlled by the latest generation of MBUX—an operating system that supports conversational speech input via a Hey Mercedes prompt. There's also a head-up display with augmented-reality navigation commands.

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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 EQS 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 EQS does without a front storage compartment, its 22 cubic feet of trunk space is more than that offered by the latest S-class. Dropping the split-fold rear seats extends cargo capacity to 63 cubic feet.

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The EQS launches with two models. The entry-level EQS is the rear-wheel-drive EQS450+, which uses a rear-mounted permanent-magnet electric motor that makes 329 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. We expect the 450+ to accelerate to 60 mph in about six seconds. It has a range of 485 miles under the WLTP test procedure used in Germany. That should equate to roughly 360 miles of range in the United States using the EPA methodology. Its 107.8-kWh battery will be used by all EQS models at launch. A smaller 90.0-kWh battery is also planned for the EQS450+.

The flagship model is the all-wheel-drive EQS580 4Matic, 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 580 should scoot to 60 mph in about four seconds and have roughly 315 miles of range in the U.S.

Battery charging is via a CCS socket at either 11 kW or 22 kW on Level 2 AC, while its peak DC fast-charging rate tops out at 200 kW. Mercedes-Benz claims a pre-conditioning function and an intelligent cooling strategy allows high current to be maintained for long periods, maximizing charging rates. It also provides a 10-year/155,000-mile guarantee for the battery.

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There is a terrific feeling of engineering integrity to the EQS, noticeable from the moment you nudge its heavily sprung throttle and glide off down the road. Step-off is predictably strong, thanks to the generous reserves of torque. The big sedan launches from a standstill with instant response and tremendous energy, gathering pace without any real letup in acceleration until you're well past the speed limit. It also tracks remarkably well, cruising up to and beyond typical highway speeds with exceptional straight-line stability.

There are a range of different energy recuperation programs to choose from, including three manually selectable modes that are engaged via the steering wheel-mounted paddles and an automatic mode called DAuto. The driver can also opt for a gliding function, in which the big sedan rolls for truly impressive distances without any perceptible mechanical drag from the motors. DAuto's set-and-forget qualities make it the preferred option, with the two big electric motors developing combined regen of up to 389 horsepower, according to Mercedes. After a three-hour run through Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein, our test car was still showing more than 250 miles of predicted range.

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We're used to the silent qualities of the latest generation of electric cars, but the EQS takes things to a whole new level, proving wonderfully relaxing whether threading through traffic around town or at higher speeds out on the open road. There are a range of synthetic sounds, and buyers can specify an optional sound package, but why disrupt the EQS's inherent tranquility and calmness?

The steering is lightly weighted. Still, there's sufficient tactility to the speed-dependent system to ensure the driver remains involved. It is reminiscent of the S-class in this respect, with very accurate action that allows you to confidently place the EQS on the road. There is a well-engineered delicacy to the steering, making for a relaxed car in everyday driving conditions.

Like the new S-class, the EQS comes with the choice of two rear-wheel steering systems, with the more advanced optional setup providing up to 10 degrees of countersteer, enabling a 35.7-foot turning circle. Below 37 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to those up front. Above that, they steer in the same direction. If an EQS buyer who opted for the standard rear-wheel-steer setup later decides to go for the full 10-degree capability, that can be unlocked via an over-the-air update.

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So configured, the big electric sedan delivers excellent low-speed maneuverability around town. With a turning radius smaller than the GLA, you can negotiate tight spaces without the need for three-point turns in parking garages and the like. The car also changes direction quite eagerly, feeling much more agile than its substantial curb weight (likely 5800 pounds for the 580) suggests out on the open road.

Body movements are well controlled, the increase in body roll is progressive in proportion to the buildup of lateral forces. The overall balance is excellent, allowing you to generate a good deal of cornering speed before the tires relinquish their grip and the fast-acting stability-control system steps in. The low center of gravity and near 50-50 front-to-rear weight distribution are a boon to handling even though the EQS isn't overtly sporty.

The Airmatic suspension with variable damping control automatically adjusts ride height, providing constant ground clearance in both Eco and Comfort modes. Switching into Sport mode reduces the ride height by 0.8 inches at speeds of more than 80 mph to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The suspension is superbly compliant but does get a bit floaty over undulating roads, which is maybe not surprising given the weight it's asked to control. However, the EQS does a fantastic job of isolating the cabin from poor surfaces such as broken sections of pavement.

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The slippery shape leads to very low levels of wind noise. Even more impressive is the way the EQS isolates tire noise. The 265/40R-21 Goodyear Eagle F1s on our test car were whisper quiet on smooth-surfaced roads, further adding to the overall serenity delivered by the near-silent driveline. You'd buy the EQS on the strength of its refinement alone.

Mercedes says that the EQS's electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system apportions power faster than any of the company's existing electromechanical setups. A torque-vectoring function also individually channels power to each of the rear wheels dependent on prevailing traction and wheel speed. The EQS isn't built for tail-out antics, but it is happy to launch itself from slow corners with utmost composure under full throttle.

Brake pedal feel is good. The pedal action is progressive, with a consistent bite point, allowing you to scrub speed with confidence despite the complex recuperation going on behind the scenes.

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Like the S-class, which the EQS seems destined to replace by the end of the decade, the EQS's sleek brand of luxury comes at a high price. Nothing is official right now, but North American buyers can expect to pay around $110,000 for the EQS450+ and close to $185,000 for the EQS580 4Matic. What they'll get is a truly luxurious and outstandingly refined sedan, one with very few compromises. The EQS is not inexpensive, but it is possibly the world's most capable electric car right now.

(caranddriver)

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