Mercedes’ first electric AMG is a show-stopper with massage seats

It may not appear to be an electric sports activities automobile, however the first all-electric Mercedes-AMG EQS actually appears like one. What presents itself to the world as a conventional mannequin within the automobile model’s storied lineup is, beneath the hood, clearly a automobile for the post-Tesla world.  

The efficiency model of Mercedes’ first electric sedan is arriving within the U.S. early subsequent yr, the German automaker introduced Sunday. It appears just like the unique EQS variants that simply got here out this month, however the AMG configuration (that is the identify of Mercedes’ efficiency line) has loads of flashy methods to show heads on the Autobahn and interstate. 

Some are skin-deep. The AMG-trained eye will instantly discover the vertical struts on the entrance grille indicating it is the high-performance model. Inside, the seats have a sporty look and you will find the AMG graphic on the seats and headrests.

A Mercedes logo on a silver car with trees in the background.

Look intently for some AMG clues.
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However throughout a two-plus-hour drive within the AMG EQS from Palm Springs to Manhattan Seashore, California, earlier this month, I gained a deeper appreciation for the most recent EV from Mercedes. It is electric luxurious by means of and thru, from the glossy door handles to the spectacular acceleration. With over 330 miles of vary on a massive 107.8 kWh battery, it is an electric powerhouse. 

Its AMG options come by means of regardless of the larger, S-Class sized car with a full trunk and roomy backseat. This is not technically a sports activities automobile nevertheless it nonetheless hustles going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a 155 mph prime pace. That is sooner than the bottom EQS fashions that take as much as 5.5 seconds. 

The efficiency EQS has a lengthy legacy to stay as much as, and the anticipated (unannounced) value will definitely sustain with Mercedes-level expectations. The EQS begins at $102,310, so the AMG model will kick it up a notch.

The steering wheel is one of many notable variations from the non-AMG, with a thicker grip, flat backside, and further buttons for fast entry to completely different drive modes, like slippery for moist circumstances or consolation, sport, or sport+ for these completely different driving conditions. For the true AMG aficionados, the key option to uncover the “race begin” characteristic nonetheless includes urgent on the pedals in a sure order — like in other (non-electric) models.

Because it’s an EV with no inner combustion engine, it is a pretty silent journey. That have to be why Mercedes added what it calls an “AMG sound expertise” (AKA pretend engine-inspired noises) when the automobile is in efficiency modes. This appears like a determined try from Mercedes to carry onto its conventional gas-powered legacy, and it is finally pointless. However for anybody mourning revving engine sounds, flip up the quantity.

In distinction to the “AMG sound expertise” the enormous door-to-door sprint display screen exhibits that Mercedes now has each toes firmly planted within the twenty first century. Known as the Hyperscreen, this display screen stands out as one of many normal options on the AMG EQS (normally a $9,000 add-on). Whereas cruising by means of the California desert, I went deep into the “zero layer” touchscreen expertise. The zero layer format tries to study your preferences over time, and reduces sub menus and different potential distractions. I rapidly adjusted to the massive measurement, particularly because it made it straightforward to get to the massage settings for the driving force and passenger seats whereas driving.

Los Angeles skyline in the background through the windshield of the car.

Say hiya to 56 inches of display screen.
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The immense width of the display screen makes for a distinctive passenger expertise. The co-pilot will get their very own devoted display screen actual property, that means they will take over music and different media taking part in or browse completely different options and settings. The passenger doesn’t want the driving force’s permission to provoke a massage.

The outsized hyperscreen actually shines with mapping duties. I did not even miss Google Maps whereas utilizing the built-in navigation system. I may add in stops alongside the way in which, plan my journey based mostly on cost ranges, and see close by charging stations.

On the display screen behind the steering wheel (which is not a touchscreen, however managed by means of buttons on the wheel) I may set the show to indicate the map view, a good contact that jogged my memory of the Google Maps integration in Polestar and Volvo. 

However being a luxurious Mercedes, even the navigation goes the additional mile. On the primary 17.7-inch heart display screen or within the heads-up show projected in entrance of the driving force on the windshield, you’ll be able to decide in to see augmented actuality instructions. So if you’ll want to flip proper, large blue arrows will level towards the appropriate. On the primary display screen, a stay video picture is displayed with an AR layer exhibiting what lane you have to be in or what course you may be heading.

A map screen behind the steering wheel.

Maps all over the place.

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A screen on a car dashboard.

Mapping it out with some enhancements.

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Although I solely used up lower than half the battery on my drive (due to an environment friendly regeneration system whereas braking and going downhill), I headed to a charging station to see what it might be like throughout a street journey. By way of the navigation system in-built I discovered a close by ChargePoint station at a hospital car parking zone. It stated a few chargers have been obtainable, which I confirmed with my eyes as I pulled in.

These have been normal Degree 2 chargers, however the EQS can deal with sooner charging on 200 kW DC fast-charging plugs, which add 180 miles in 19 minutes. 

Though I did not cost up, I noticed how straightforward it might be. Whereas within the car parking zone, two girls walked by and ogled the automobile. Seeing their curiosity I confirmed them across the car and the huge display screen. One requested about vary and was impressed once I informed her it may go greater than 300 miles. They have been much more impressed once I stated I might used the driving force help system, which comes normal, for a lot of the freeway driving, and that it may even change lanes for me if I placed on my indicator. 

Whereas driving by means of LA county’s typical stop-and-go site visitors I did not really feel so sporty, however each as soon as in a whereas I might must get to an exit or shake a tailgater, and I’d zip over. Drivers of these LA vehicles in all probability rolled their eyes at a traditional LA state of affairs: getting outmaneuvered by a flashy Mercedes. However this was completely different from all these different instances. It was an electric Mercedes.

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