It was 2019 when Mercedes Benz gave us a glimpse into its electrification strategy with the EQC SUV. While it was interesting, it was far from exciting as, in a nutshell, it was a fuel-burning GLC SUV that was converted into a full electric. Fast forward to 2022, and we have the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+. Built on the EQ architecture, it's the first battery-electric AMG production model. And, no, its not an electric S-Class with its internal combustion engine swapped for an electric motor. It's a vehicle architecture designed specifically to run on electricity.
One look at the EQS-AMG, and the first word you'd use to describe its design is ‘futuristic.’ The whole idea for Mercedes to give it a pill-shaped bodywork is for maximum efficiency. This gives the car a drag co-efficient of just 0.20. To put in perspective, the asphalt-burning Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, that sells for Rs6.25 cr has a drag coefficient of 0.38. Unmatched by any BEV, the lower drag co-efficient reduces aerodynamic drag and increases range. Take a close look and you will notice that there is a pop-open slot on the front panel. This is for the wiper washing fluid. This is because the EQS AMG’s hood does not even open. Even if it could open there would be no storage space as the engineers at Mercedes have installed an HVAC unit with a massive air filter that, according to the company, blocks 99.65 per cent of particulate matter. Mercedes calls it Energizing Air Control Plus system and it works along with an air quality sensor that continuously monitors the quality of the outside air drawn in and automatically switches to recirculation mode in the event of elevated pollutant levels.
Unconventional on the outside, it is every bit Mercedes inside. All the touch points are carbon fibre, chrome, or covered in the choicest of leather. While it looks very sporty from the outside, step in, and you will be amazed by the amount of space it has. The plush seats are covered in the best leather, they offer 10 types of different massages, are heated and cooled.
The highlight of the interiors is the infotainment system, or as Mercedes calls it, the ‘Hyperscreen’. The stunner is a 56-inch curved screen that stretches across the entire dash of the sedan. Its a system of three touchscreens — the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3 touchscreen for the front passenger. All of this is covered by Gorilla glass with a scratch-resistant coating. At the systems disposal are 8 CPU cores and 24 gigs of RAM, which is more computer power than your workstation.
While three screens do seem a tad intimidating at the start, you will get used to them in no time. The massive middle screen is gorgeous, and all the functions are organised as per Mercedes’ ‘Zero layer’ concept. Instead of a home screen and multiple menu icons, this screen shows the navigation map by default, with the audio and climate controls in smaller boxes below. The graphics are crisp and the UI extremely intuitive. So good that it can also teach Apple a thing or two!
The passenger screen turns on only when someone is sitting on the screen. It gets a conventional layout of the navigation, media functions and can even play games. More than a need this screen just seems gimmicky.
The AMG EQS 53 generates 761bhp and a mind boggling 1020nM of torque. Activate launch control, put your foot down on the pedal, and the car races from a standstill to a 100kmph in just 3.4 seconds (claimed) and that's exactly the same time a Lamborghini Huracan would take to reach the speed. Unlike the Lambo, you would be doing this with your family while getting a hot stone massage.
To be honest, its the Comfort mode and not the Sports + mode that stole our hearts. With the air suspension combined with the adaptive, electronically controlled adjustable damping, the car offers a cloud-like drive. It almost magically insulates from all the bumps and sounds, the silence is further amplified by the eerily quiet electric drivetrain. I never thought I would ever say it but this is a car that makes Mumbai traffic bearable.
With an EV comes range anxiety, but Mercedes has tried to overcome it by giving the AMG-EQS 53 a massive 107.8 kW/h battery. So far the largest battery in an EV in India it delivers a claimed 580 kms on a single charge. That's covering the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on a 100 per cent charge.
The EQS is a very big step in the evolution of electric cars. Unlike EV’s from other brands, it does not feel like an electric version of an existing model. Instead, it feels completely new and different. It offers unmatched luxury and actually things further than its fuel-burning counterpart the Mercedes S-Class.
Motor Two permanently excited synchronous (PSM) electric motors
Power 761 bhp and 1020 nM of torque
Battery 107.8 kw/h
Range 580 km (claimed)
0 to 100 kmph 3.4 seconds
Price Rs2.45 crore