India-spec Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 launched at Rs 2.45 crore

The luxury electric car is the first one from AMG, and comes with AMG-specific exterior and motors with a performance-oriented setup.

  • Dynamic Plus package standard on India-spec car.
  • Dual-motor setup with 4MATIC+ AWD produces 750bhp and 1050Nm of torque.
  • Brought in as a CBU, with the locally assembled EQS 580 launch in the coming months.

Mercedes-Benz has launched its premier electric luxury sedan, the EQS, in India priced at Rs 2.45 crore (ex-showroom). The car has been launched in a single variant, for now, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, which is the high-performance variant and is the first fully electric car developed by AMG. It has been brought in as a CBU. The locally assembled Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 will be launched soon.

Every inch of the exterior has been designed to provide a smooth aerodynamic design, as aerodynamics play a major role in the range of battery-electric vehicles. The electric S-Class does not share much with its ICE counterpart. The front has a closed-off grille section with vertical slats for this AMG version flanked by LED headlamps and a full-width LED strip. The rear too has a full-width LED strip that conjoins the two S-Class-inspired taillamps. Unlike the contemporary sedan shape of the S-Class, the EQS has a sloping roof line that gives it a coupe-like shape. It comes with six paint options and rides on 21-inch alloys.

Being electric, the EQS needs fewer mechanical components, hence freeing up extra space one wouldn’t find in an ICE-powered car. The levels of luxury in the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 are at par with the S-Class. The dashboard houses the massive MBUX Hyperscreen that integrates three displays inside one single panel, serving the instrument, infotainment and function controls. The controls come with haptic feedback, so every function toggle like aircon adjustment results in tactile feedback. Features include heated and ventilated rear seats, Burmester sound system with 15 speakers, Nappa leather seats, level 2 ADAS, braking recuperation with steering mounted paddles for adjustment, ambient lighting and more. The boot space is 610 litres.

The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 is the first all-electric vehicle to come out of Affalterbach and the numbers are proof. The India-spec car comes with the Dynamic Plus package as standard, which means the two electric motors mounted at either axle produce a combined output of 761bhp and 1020Nm of torque. This setup helps the car accelerate from a standstill to 100kmph in just 3.4 seconds and to a top speed of 250kmph. Driving dynamics are improved by the 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system that is capable of sending 100 per cent of the torque to the rear wheels, there is four-wheel steering, low rolling resistance tyres and more.

AMG has engineered mechanical components such as the air suspension, multi-link front and rear suspension, electronically controlled damping and more to deliver a more performance-oriented setup. The battery pack offered is a 107.8kWh unit. This provides a WLTP range between 529km to 586km. There is intelligent thermal management for the battery which reduces charging times and is capable of using a 200kW fast-charger to add 300km of range in just 19 minutes. AMG has also tweaked the wiring and the battery management system to ensure explosive performance that can be sustained for longer periods of time.

Priced at Rs 2.45 crore (ex-showroom), the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 becomes the costliest electric car in India. It does not have a direct competitor in the luxury electric sedan category in India as of now. Mercedes is betting big on its EV roadmap for India and will install a total of 140 EV chargers by the end of this year comprising 22kW, 60kW and 180kW capacity chargers. Mercedes customers will be able to charge their vehicle free of cost for the first year. The brand hopes to account for 25 per cent of its sales volume in India with its electric cars.

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