First Mercedes-AMG Performance EV: 2022 EQS Sedan
Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, has just unveiled the 2022 AMG EQS (branded as the EQS53 in Europe) — its first all-electric production car.
The EQS is designed as a luxury sedan, with an electric motor at each axle for a dual-motor powertrain. The AMG EQS doesn’t look terribly different as compared to the Mercedes-Benz EQS that debuted in April (and recently became available to order), but promises more performance and better features.
AMG’s EQS outputs 651 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque under normal conditions, and switching to Race Start mode bumps performance up to 751 horsepower and 752 lb-ft.
While the luxury electric sedan is equipped with the same 107.8 kWh as other non-AMG EQS models, AMG’s iteration boasts proprietary wiring, a new power management system, as well as a massive upgrade in cooling. Official range estimates for the AMG EQS are not available as of yet, but Mercedes says it will gain 186 miles of range from 15 minutes of charging at a 200 kW charger.
The AMG EQS will feature an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, Mercedes’ proprietary Hyperscreen, an augmented reality head-up display, surround-sound system, a premium, MB-Tex leatherette and microsuede trim interior, and driver-assistance capabilities, along with luxury additions like in-seat heating, ventilation, and massaging. AMG-specific upgrades to in-car software will also be made.
The AMG EQS is expected to launch in the U.S. by early 2022. While pricing for the luxury EV has not been revealed yet, it will probably retail for at least $150,000 USD.
It looks like the AMG EQS is looking to target the same price bracket as Tesla’s prized Model S Plaid, hoping to make up for what it lacks in performance with a premium design and luxury-centric features. Mercedes is expected to launch up to six new EVs by 2022.
Mercedes also unveiled the EQB electric crossover, set to debut in the U.S. in 2022, after hitting Europe and China in late 2021.
Also announced was the EQE electric sedan, set to debut in mid-2022.
Mercedes also unviled the EQG, a G-class electric off road concept, along with a Maybach EQS SUV concept, expected for markets in 2023.
Let’s see if Mercedes can deliver all these new electric vehicles in the upcoming years to come. These announcements were made ahead of the IAA Mobility show set to kick off on September 7-12, in Munich, Germany.