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Overdrive|August 2021
Mercedes’ all-new all-electric luxury EV — the EQS — has arrived in the nick of time
VAISHALI DINAKARAN

Type Dual electric motor, 107.8 kWh Battery

Max power 523PS

Max torque 855Nm

Gearbox Single speed, AWD

Suspeansion (F/R) Fourlink axle/Multi-link axle

Kerb weight 2,585kg

Range 670km (WLTP)

Wheelbase 3,210mm

LxWxH (mm) 5,216x1,926x1,512

I’m about to do something that I’m certain will elicit a look of disapproval from the weekend driver in the Alps. Perhaps I’ll even see an angry fist waved at me by a law-abiding, stickler-for-the-rules piloting a slick sports car. But since we’re a couple of hours behind schedule, and I have a cross producer sitting in the rear seat of the car urging me to hurry up, I cave. There will be no driving up the mountain pass till I find a relatively safe place at which to pull a U-turn. Instead this very spot at which I am, on a narrow Alpine road with a drop to one side and mountain wall to the other, will have to do. I switch the indicator on, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left, and wait for a gap in the traffic. When I spot one, I gently press down on the accelerator and feel the massive Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic beginning to move in the direction I’ve pointed it.

Now, the EQS is a long car; 5.216 metres long to be exact. And I’m on a narrow road; I didn’t have the time to hop out, find a tape measure, and check exactly how wide it was, but let’s just say I’d have only been confident of making that turn in one go in some manner of hatchback. As I inch ever closer to the edge though, I start to feel like I might not have to put the car in reverse after all. The cameraperson sitting in the front passenger seat looks askance at me, but just as he’s about to say something, the car manages to clear the edge of the road completing the turn nicely. “I didn’t think you’d make it,” he says with a grin on his face. I cackle in response before hightailing it out of there sufficiently pleased with the way the EQS’s rearaxle steering works. Though I hadn’t quite believed them, the engineers at Mercedes had been absolutely right when they’d said that this behemoth would do just fine on the tight and twisty Swiss mountain roads.

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