Mercedes gives EQS new looks and 51 miles more range

James Batchelor

12 Apr 2024

Mercedes-Benz has given its posh EQS an overhaul including a larger battery and a more traditional grille design as part of a round of upgrades.

The outgoing car already had one of the longest driving ranges of any EV on sale, but the German carmaker has switched its 108.4kWh battery pack for a larger 118kWh version. The mammoth pack bumps up the EQS's official driving range by 51 miles, with the twin-motor EQS 450 4Matic now offering 496 miles and the single motor 450+ now capable of 511 miles of range. 

A heat pump is now standard, while the EQS 4Matic's front electric motor can now be disconnected to improve efficiency. The brake regeneration has also been tweaked to boost recuperation – as a result, Mercedes believes the brake discs will be used less so has introduced a feature that automatically applies them periodically to ensure they are maintained properly.

On the outside, the most obvious styling change is to the front grille panel that now mimics Mercedes-Benz's combustion-engined range-topper, the S-Class, as well as the fitment of a bonnet-mounted three-pointed star. Not all trim levels will wear the new face, though, it's believed. 

Inside, all cars now get Mercedes' massive MBUX infotainment system that stretches across the entire dashboard – before it was an option – and rear comfort has been improved. The backrest can now tilt by eight degrees more than before (now 38 degrees), while the front passenger seat can now be folded down to create even more space.

UK launch timings haven't been confirmed yet, but the new EQS's starting price is expected to remain the same as the current car's at £112,610.

New face and upright three-pointed star on the bonnet mimics the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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