Mercedes-AMG Reveals Pricing and Specification Details for the EQS 53
Mercedes-AMG has announced prices and specifications for the EQS 53, the performance division’s first all-electric production vehicle.
The luxury car will be launched with 648 horsepower and a range of up to 358 miles. There will be two model lines: Night Edition and Touring, with prices for both starting from £154,995.
The Night Edition and Touring come with the Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen package with augmented reality head-up display, Nappa leather upholstery, a Burmester surrounds sound system and active parking assists with a 360-degree camera.
AMG body details are also standard. These include a black radiator grille with chrome detailing, a body-coloured bumper, bespoke side skirts and an AMG boot lid spoiler.
Night Edition models come with 21-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports pedals and full leather upholstery. Night models can also be fitted with the AMG Performance Package, which boosts power to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft and includes ceramic brakes and a Dynamic Plus Boost system for more power and torque. The package also increases the model’s top speed to 155 mph and reduces the 0-62 mph time to 3.4 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG says the Touring models offer “comfortable, stylish performance and design”, 22-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting and an optional €2995 Luxury Rear Lounge Package, which includes black Nappa leather comfort seats with upgraded seats, luxury headrests, a multimedia tablet, wireless mobile phone charging and additional USB ports.
All models are available with a three-year subscription to Mercedes me Charge, which provides access to the UK’s public charging network for a monthly fee and access to BP Pulse+ for six months and a one-year unlimited Ionity membership.
The company is now taking orders for the performance sedan. The first models will be delivered in the UK in April 2022.
The new luxury performance saloon is the flagship of Mercedes-Benz‘s EQS range and bespoke electric cars. It will be followed by a range of AMG electric cars, including hot versions of other models from EQ, based on the EVA2 platform, and dedicated AMG models using the AMG.EA architecture.
The EQS 53 features extensive technical changes to the regular versions of the electric saloon, including an AMG-specific high-performance electric motor mounted on each axle. The motors feature new windings, stronger currents and a new control via inverters that allows higher speeds within the unit. Thanks to these improvements, AMG has increased the power and torque of the permanently excited synchronous motors.
The dual-motor arrangement allows for fully variable all-wheel drive, and AMG has made the rear motor “extra powerful” through a six-phase design and AMG-specific cooling features to increase the motor’s efficiency.
Energy is stored in a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery with 400 V architecture, which has bespoke AMG wiring to boost performance and enable a range of 358 miles. The battery management system has been developed specifically for the EQS 53 and enables increased performance in Sport and Sport+ driving modes.
While driving, three levels of energy recovery are available via switches on the steering wheel. The battery can be charged at up to 200 kW on a fast charger.
As with the regular EQS, the new model’s suspension consists of multi-link front and rear axles, although AMG says it has redesigned all components that “influence driving dynamics”, including the rear axle beam and both the subframe and engine mounts.
The car is equipped with AMG Ride Control+ air suspension, combined with electronically controlled active dampers and rear-axle steering as standard. As in the Mercedes- AMG GT 4-Door Coupé, the air suspension has two pressure relief valves that AMG says to allow the damping force to be adjusted “even more precisely” to different driving conditions. The suspension system can also evaluate sensor data to change the damping force.
The model has a range of AMG driving modes that allow you to adjust the suspension, handling, power delivery, and battery management and change the synthetic sound. You have a choice of 21- or 22-inch wheels, with AMG high-performance brakes as standard, and larger ceramic brakes are available as an option.
New AMG modes are available as part of the standard EQS Sound Experience System and include a Performance setting for Dynamic Plus models that offer “event sounds” for all vehicle functions.
The EQS 53 features a range of bespoke AMG styling elements, many of which reflect the tuning company’s classic design features. These include a custom black grille with chrome vertical struts and a revised front bumper and apron. While the new machine achieves the 0.23 Cd rating of the regular EQS, AMG says it has carried out tests in the wind tunnel to optimise airflow, hence the revised rear diffuser, side air intakes and a larger rear spoiler.
Inside, the company’s “hyper screen” extends the entire length of the dashboard. It has been equipped with unique AMG modes and designs, including an optional AMG Track Pace System that records more than 80 data items.
Several additional styling options are also offered for the EQS 53, including an AMG Night Package Dark Chrome with red brake callipers and carbon trim elements.
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