Benz powers up with the EQS 53

Riley Riley

Mercedes is celebrating the launch of its first fully electric car in Australia.

At the heart of the new EQS 53 4MATIC+ is a performance-oriented electric drivetrain with two motors, one for each axle.

Fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive optimally transmits power to the road in all driving conditions.

In standard form EQS 53 puts out an impressive 484kW of power and 950Nm of torque, and dashes from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.

Centrepiece of the cabin is the sweeping 55-inch (1400mm) MBUX Hyperscreen.

The curved display unit extends the full width of the cabin, comprising three screens under a glass cover that appear to merge into one.

Hyperscreen includes Augmented Reality navigation as standard, an OLED front passenger display, and a fingerprint scanner enabling instant access to personalised settings.

The entire infotainment system is powered by eight CPU cores, with 24GB of RAM.

To add some drama to the proceedings, the sound system is used to generate two unique tones, replacing the sound of an engine.

Special speakers, a bass actuator and a sound generator to create a special sound experience in two versions: ‘Authentic’ or optional ‘Performance’.

It’s generated inside and out with a tonality and intensity to match the driving status, selected driving mode or the driver’s wishes.

Performance can be further boosted by the optional $7690 AMG Dynamic Plus Package this is boosted to 560kW and 1020Nm in Race Start mode with boost function.

In this mode, the dash from 0-100 km/h takes just 3.4 seconds.

Top speed is 250 km/h with AMG Dynamic Plus fitted (220 km/h as standard).

EQS 53 is equipped with a powerful 400-volt battery, with a useable energy content of 107.8kWh.

It can be charged at up to 200kW at quick charging stations with DC (direct current) capability.

An onboard charging system also enables the the car to be charged at home or at a charging station with up to 11kW from AC sources, or up to 22kW AC via the optional AC charging system.

Driving range, helped by the slippery aerodynamic shape of the car, is a claimed 587km (WLTP).

EV-specific standard features include acoustic ambient protection – a low-speed audible warning for pedestrians up to 20km/h, and reversing tone; plus a standard ‘Type 2’ recharging unit for 240V.

Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ is now on sale priced at $328,400, plus on-road costs.


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