The EQS 580 4Matic is the first Mercedes-Benz EV to be assembled in India; gets the highest range of any EV in India.
Mercedes-Benz has launched its EQS 580 4Matic in India at Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom). The locally assembled model sits below the recently launched Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 S and is cheaper by Rs 90 lakh than the fully imported AMG version. With an ARAI-certified range of 857km, the EQS 580 4Matic has the highest range of any EV currently on sale in India.
Interestingly, the EQS also undercuts the locally assembled S-Class by Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom) on account of a lower 5 percent GST for electric vehicles, as against 28 percent on ICE-powered models. Furthermore, with the road tax for EVs waived in most states, the final on-road price difference between the EQS and the S-Class is greater still.
The EQS 580 4Matic is also the first locally assembled EV from Mercedes-Benz and India is the only country outside Germany where the EQS is assembled.
- EQS 580 4Matic Rs 90 lakh cheaper than AMG
- Costs Rs 5 lakh less than the S-Class
- The EQS is the world’s most aerodynamic car
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic: design
Expectedly, the EQS 580 4Matic has a more toned-down design compared to its EQS 53. It gets a slightly different design for the front bumpers, the blanked-out grille features several illuminated three-pointed stars and smaller 20-inch wheels with a five-spoke design. Measuring 5,126mm in length, the EQS 580 4Matic is only slightly shorter than the S-Class but both have a near identical wheelbase of 3,210mm.
The cab-forward, coupe-style design of the EQS 580 has enabled Mercedes-Benz to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.20 – even lower than the EQS 53’s 0.23 and Mercedes says that it is the world’s most aerodynamic production car.
The carmaker is offering the EQS 580 4Matic with a total of five exterior colour options and two interior upholstery options.
Mercedes-Benz EQS powertrain, charging and range
Like its EQS 53, the EQS 580 features the 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It sends power to two electric motors, one on each axle, and together the motors make a combined power of 523hp and 855Nm. That makes it 238hp and 165Nm lower than the EQS 53. With all that power, the EQS 580 4Matic can sprint from 0-100 in 4.3 seconds and the car has a limited top speed of 210kph.
The battery pack is compatible with 200kW DC fast charging, which, Mercedes says, adds 300km of range in just 15 minutes and as mentioned before, the EQS 580 has an ARAI certified range of 857km on a single charge.
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic features and tech
Like the EQS 53, the EQS 580 gets a ‘Hyperscreen’ which is essentially made up of three screens joined together by one continuous glass panel, which stretches pillar-to-pillar across the length of the dashboard. The driver and front passenger get 12.3-inch screens each while the infotainment system in the centre is 17.7-inch. There are 12 accuators to give haptic feedback for the users and the Hyperscreen also gets pre-installed games.
Mercedes’ ‘Hyperscreen’ is the highlight of the EQS’ interior.
The EQS 580 4Matic also gets 3D maps, heads-up display, massage function for the front seats, a Burmester 3D sound system, air filtration, and an S-Class-like MBUX tablet for the rear seat passengers. In terms of safety, the EQS 580 is equipped with nine airbags, lane change and lane keep assist, and an emergency stop system, and the car was also awarded a full five-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP. The EQS 580 4Matic also comes equipped with a rear-wheel steering, however, it will be offered only for the first 500 customers.
In the luxury EV space, the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic takes on the likes of the Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan. The Mercedes is cheaper than the e-tron GT by Rs 25 lakh and it undercuts the Porsche Taycan by Rs 5 lakh.
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