Two years after the Vision EQS Concept debuted in Geneva, the production Mercedes EQS has finally arrived to shake up the luxury EV segment and challenge the Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT, and Porsche Taycan. But comparing the EQS to other existing electric luxury sedans is futile: this is in a class of its own. Welcome to a new era of electric luxury.
Since the EQC SUV has been delayed in the US the EQS is the first electric Mercedes-EQ to arrive in the US. But while the EQC shares the same platform as the combustion-powered GLC, the EQS is Mercedes’ first model built on the new dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture platform, allowing for a distinctive design that sets the EQS apart from the S-Class.
Thanks to its “one-bow,” cab-forward design, the EQS has a sleek, coupe-style silhouette, coupled with a long, low front end, a curved beltline, and frameless doors. A lack of body creases and flush door handles also contribute to the clean design, while the front hood overlaps the fenders, reducing the number of visible panel gaps. A full-width light bar connects the LED headlights, which feature a striking daytime running light signature with three light dots.