Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new entry-level version of its flagship EQS electric liftback locally, with orders now able to be taken ahead of first deliveries expected to commence in September.

    The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 4Matic is priced at $219,900 before on-road costs, which is $107,175 cheaper than the flagship Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+. It’s also $6326 more expensive than the smaller Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ electric sedan.

    The EQS 450 4Matic is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with system outputs of 265kW of power and 800Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims the 0-100km/h sprint will take 5.6 seconds.

    The electric motors are fed by a sizeable 107.8kWh battery pack, with a claimed range of 664km under the more lenient NEDC testing standard.

    The EQS 450 4Matic has a maximum DC fast-charging rate of up to 200kW, as well as a maximum AC charging rate of up to 22kW.

    This new entry-level EQS model comes standard with rear-axle steering that can turn the wheel at an angle of up to 4.5 degrees, which in low-speed scenarios reduces the turning circle and at higher speed adds “extra steering responsiveness”.

    The EQS 450 4Matic also has the AMG Line exterior as standard, which includes 21-inch AMG alloy wheels, plus AMG-specific front and rear bumpers and side skirts. Inside, it has the Electric Art Line interior which includes Comfort seats and a Nappa leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.

    Equipment highlights include a panoramic sliding glass sunroof, Digital Light headlights with adaptive high-beam, 15-speaker Burmester surround sound system, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, a head-up display, and 64-colour interior ambient lighting.

    The Rear Seat package comes as standard, which includes upholstered cushions, “luxury head restraints” and electrically adjustable backrests. The centre cupholder section has an inductive charging pad.

    The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 4Matic comes standard with the following safety equipment:

    • Lane-keep assist
    • Active Traffic Assist
    • Active lane change assist
    • Traffic sign assist
    • Pre-safe impulse side accident preparation system
    • Active parking assist
    • Surround-view camera
    • Front and rear parking sensors

    The Mercedes-Benz EQS was first revealed in 2021 and launched locally in high-peformance AMG EQS 53 guise last year.

    The three-pointed star has since introduced the smaller EQE sedan in both regular and AMG guises earlier this year.

    Mercedes-Benz has previously indicated the EQS SUV and EQE SUV will also launch locally in September.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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