When Mercedes introduced its flagship electric vehicle back in mid-April, the 2022 EQS was presented in 450+ and 580 4Matic specifications, both of which cost six figures in the EV’s domestic market Germany. Pricing for the high-performance AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ has yet to be disclosed, but it will certainly command a significant premium over €106,374 EQS 450+ and the €135,529 EQS 480 4Matic.
If these models are out of your reach as far as the available budget is concerned, we have good news. Mercedes Deutschland has introduced this week a new trim level available for less than €100,000. Before you start adding options, the EQS 350 retails for €97,806 and is obviously the least powerful of the bunch. It still packs a respectable 292 hp (215 kW), which is enough for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 6.6 seconds, so it’s not exactly a slouch.
For the sake of comparison, the aforementioned EQS 450+ ups the power ante to 333 hp (245 kW) and shaves off the sprint time to 6.2 seconds. The more expensive model also offers a significantly better range, at 768 kilometers (477 miles) per WLTP, whereas the new EQS 350 will travel for 626 km (389 miles) on a fully charged battery. The price difference between the two is not that significant, with the gap standing at €8,568, so we’re fairly certain many will pay the premium for extra power and range.
Should you want more range without stepping up to the more expensive trim level, the EQS 350 can be had in the AMG Line specification with 19-inch wheels, in which case you can travel for 638 km (396 miles) before running out of juice. Speaking of which, the base model has to make do with a smaller 90.56-kWh battery whereas the EQS 450+ has a bigger battery with a capacity of 107.8 kWh.
We should point out that the new entry point into the Mercedes EQS lineup is about 90 kilograms (198 pounds) lighter than the former base model thanks to the smaller battery pack with 10 modules instead of 12. It takes 32 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80%, which is almost on a par with the model positioned above it in the lineup.
Mercedes is already taking customer orders for the new EQS 350 in Germany where it has updated its online configurator to include the base model. Other markets will follow in due course, and we’re hoping it’s earmarked for the United States where the EQS 450+ pricing is quite steep as the EV can’t be had for less than an eye-watering $102,310.