2021 Mercedes EQS Electric Flagship Shows Production Body, Should Porsche Taycan Worry?

It has been a long while since we last saw Mercedes’s EQS electric flagship during testing and the changes compared to the last sighting are astounding.

For starters, this is the first time a Mercedes EQS prototype shows the world its final production body, revealing significant differences to the next-generation S-Class.

While the latter will continue as a four-door sedan, the EQS adopts a five-door fastback body style much like the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, its main competitors. The all-electric powertrain has enabled Mercedes-Benz designers to be more daring and the proportions of the EQS show it.

The body is very flat at the front and features a short bonnet, a sloping coupe-like roofline, and a wide tail. The wheelbase appears to be generous to allow for a roomy interior. The C-pillar probably won’t remain this massive, though; we believe there’s a third lateral window there covered by the camouflage tape.

Seen from the front, the grille is much flatter than on the 2020 S-Class and has a different shape as well. It’s flanked by sleek headlights that seem similar to the CLS — unless the camouflage is playing with us. The headlights appear to be the finished items, unlike the taillights which are still temporary.

Other details that the photos reveal include the frameless doors and the fact that Mercedes-Benz is testing two types of door handles: normal and retractable ones. We can also see the car with the front wraparound hood and the massive tailgate open. Unfortunately, the interior remains a mystery for now.

The Mercedes EQS is expected to set new standards in electromobility and autonomous driving when it launches sometime in 2021. It’s expected to ride on Daimler’s new EV-exclusive Modular Electric Architecture (MEA). Reports claim the EQS will feature two electric motors, one on each axle, with power levels of the base model projected to exceed those of the 400 hp EQC crossover. Rumor has it Mercedes is also cooking an AMG version with more than 600 hp.

Also read: Mercedes EQE Reportedly Coming In 2022

The battery pack will give it a driving range of more than 310 miles (500 kilometers). As with the next-generation S-Class, the EQS electric flagship will get the same active suspension that works with a 48-volt system and stereo camera that scans the road ahead.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • bazhvn

    12 years late but I see a lot of F700 concept clue on this.

    • Mike anonymous

      Interesting You should mention that, as I personally saw a bit more of the F125 (Hydrogen Powered) Concept. I understand that they have begin to move away from the design language that originally inspired such concepts going more the way of the EQA Concepts’ design language, but it would be nice to see a return to design such as this.


      Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the design of this upcoming vehicle & if anything it seems, (and I personally hope it will come) to be one of the best looking vehicles within the Mercedes Benz Line Up.

    • Carenthusiast

      You are spot on! The waist line, A pillar rake especially

    • jacob jaye

      dude i also immediately thought of that, one of my all time favorite merc concepts and the ocean drive.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    damn, this got me intrigued

    • Exotics

      A vaporware prototype? Lol

      • Matt

        ‘Vaporware prototype’ is an oxymoron. Troll harder.

  • J. P.

    The interior is a mystery? Doubt it, it’s gonna be the same interior as the newest Mercedes-Benz models so it’s obvious that we should expect MBUX

    • Carenthusiast

      It is likely to go down the New S Class interior and not current models

    • Finkployd

      Err? of course it’ll have MBUX; what else, back to Comand lol?

  • Richard Alexander

    Porsche has nothing to worry about because they have approached the EV market in a rational and cautious manner. Other, more reckless manufacturers who have perhaps overestimated demand at their price point and spent aggresively based on specualtion on demand should be very, very worried.

    • Exotics

      There is zero EV competition. Tesla runs this sh*t

      • Richard Alexander

        Speaking of excrement; have you looked at Q2 results? LMAO

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I don’t like these proportions.

    Edit: I take it back, sorta. It will probably work.

    • J-Triumf

      I think the proportions are great. The hood seems to have some weird bulges that I’m not sure if it’s part of the camo or inherent to the design, but I love the steeply raked near-matching hood/windshield angle that I wish more cars would have.

  • A_T_T

    Let’s see how these will sell. So far we have Audi, Mercedes and VW.
    Who else is stepping into the electric space?

    Tesla’s advantage continues to be its tech reputation (hip/happening) and the Supercharger network.

    • botornot387

      BMW is also coming to party and their prototype testing sounds very promising. Tesla’s fandom is already cracking. The highest proportion of deposit holder’s for the taycan are coming from Model S owners.

  • Porkopolis

    I see Mercedes will be sticking with its current Melting Blob design language used for most their coupes.

  • botornot387

    all i can see is a chevy volt. Looks-wise the Taycan has nothing to worry about and neither does the Audi.

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