Mercedes-Benz is heavily under developing of the upcoming EQS. Recently we had a chance to catch a glimpse of two prototype models during the snow test drive in Scandinavia. One of the first noticeable things is that the arriving 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS will be slightly different from the concept that we saw earlier this year.
But, the minimalist approach to the exterior, and at the same time, the futuristic interior design will remain mostly the same. Still, the prototype models are covered with heavy camouflage, and only a small portion is revealed. However, we can tell that the plastic claddings are still on the hood.
Furthermore, the company’s most top-performer among the EVs is a liftback, with a hatch-like opening tailgate. On top of that, you’ll notice the sloping roofline behind the B pillars and frameless side windows.
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS Exterior Design
The exterior of the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV will be quite different, as well. The previously mentioned concept shows as a bulkier and saloon-like vehicle, regardless of the long rear pillar. But, the production EQS is more like a fastback, with a rear hatch rather than a regular 4-door trunk lid. Besides the 4-door AMG GT and similar SUV Coupe versions, the German company doesn’t have any other model with sloped hatchback tailgates.
Yes, you’ll probably say: “what about the A-Class?”. The A-Class doesn’t count this time; it’s a traditional hatchback. But, in terms of aesthetic, new EQS is not even close to the next-generation S-Class, or some of the modern-day 4-door models. Still, design-wise, the EQS should aim at the Tesla Model S, which will be one of the main competitors.
As for the cabin, 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS will pretty much copy almost everything from the next-gent S-Class. The interior will include a similar digital instrument cluster, with a digital gauge behind the steering wheel, and a tablet-like infotainment display angled upward from the center console. The steering wheel is practically the same as the wheel from the 2020 S-Class prototypes.
Also, the EQS will stay on the premium model path, with a good amount of high-quality materials and the latest technology updates. Furthermore, you’ll find ambient lighting on the deck and a lot of features in common with the forthcoming flagship sedan. But, the EQS will have a thinner A-pillars, which are standard on the vehicles with sweeping panoramic windscreens.
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS Performances and Competition
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS will ride on a Daimler’s brand-new EV-exclusive Modular Electric Architecture, also known as MEA. This platform includes two electric motors, one for each axle and multiple power levels. So, with the MEA, even the entry-level version could develop a similar output like the Mercedes EQC, for example. Therefore, expect to see a minimum of 400 hp for the base model. Also, the Daimler’s Modular Electric Architecture is dedicated to zero-emission models.
Furthermore, the announced AMG variant will probably deliver a combined output of almost 600 hp. The driving range should exceed 310 miles (500 km). The EQS will be available in about a year from now, probably as s 2021 model year. As we mentioned, the main rival will be the Tesla Model S. Besides this model, Mercedes EV will have a competition in vehicles such as BMW i7, and Audi e-Tron GT.