Mercedes-Benz has launched its new EQS, the first in a range of models to use its dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture platform.
UK sales of the vehicle, an electric-powered equivalent to the S-Class saloon, will start in the second half of 2021, with prices starting at about £90,000.
In the rear-wheel-drive EQS 450, a rear-mounted electric motor delivers 329bhp and 338lb ft of torque, while the EQS 580 has a motor on each axle which produces a combined 516bhp and 631lb ft of torque.
Both cars get a 107.8kWh lithium ion battery, with a claimed range of up to 479 miles.
A smaller-capacity battery is due to be offered in 2022 for a lower range, although its details have not yet been confirmed.
Its interior includes Mercedes’ new digital Hyperscreen, a one-piece curved screen across the width of the dashboard which houses three digital displays.
The new Electric Vehicle Architecture platform, which will be used for the upcoming EQE, EQE SUV and EQS SUV, includes air suspension at each corner.
Britta Seeger, member of the Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG boards of management, marketing & sales said, “The EQS is a milestone on the way to CO2-neutrality and our plan for a climate-neutral new car fleet. Our goal is to minimize our impact on the planet.
“We do this, for example, by using an increasing proportion of recycled and renewable raw materials. We also help the customer to minimise their carbon footprint with our new function Green Charging.
“This feeds as much green electricity back into the grid as the Mercedes-EQ needs to charge”.