First round: 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS prototype review

First round: 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS prototype review

There are four driving modes: electric, comfort, sport and individual. The first allows one-pedal driving with adjustable energy recovery. Enzmann says the EQS can harvest up to 293 kW of power from a good boost from the brakes.

Similar to that used by the S-Class, the standard Airmatic suspension features three-channel plungers at each corner and a self-leveling feature. At high speeds, the ride height is reduced to increase aerodynamic efficiency.

Also in line with the S-Class, EQS buyers can add one of two all-wheel steering systems, which offer 4.5-degree and 10-degree rear steering assistance. From the passenger seat, the EQS feels unusually nimble for such a big and heavy car. There is some body roll, but movement is gradual even when the driver is pushing hard in tight corners.

Most impressive are the grip and traction, aided by the Torque Shift function which balances the drive between the axles faster than Mercedes’ mechanical system.

Enzmann claims the EQS is unmatched in terms of refinement, and we wouldn’t say: it’s quiet and exceptionally well tuned, with the slippery shape contributing to extremely low levels of high-speed choppy wind. The suspension offers impressive absorption: you feel the impacts but don’t hear them. And on the 21-inch 265/40 winter tires worn by our prototype, the road noise is terribly well suppressed.

For those who yearn for acoustic feedback from the drivetrain of their electric car, a sound generator offers three themes, one of which is intended to mimic the sound of an engine.


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