The German luxury car marque has updated the lineup slightly to include an all-new braking system and a heat pump for more range.
The 2024 Mercedes EQS and EQE models now get an all-new braking system. This is the brand’s response to the common complaint in the previous models. Essentially, the previous models were tuned for high efficiency with regenerative braking. However, it somehow resulted in a strange pedal feel while lacking feedback. That is quite discernible for most drivers. Hence, they were short on confidence during braking in the last few feet prior to coming to a halt. Hence, Mercedes addresses this issue in the 2024 models.
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2024 Mercedes EQS and EQE Get All-New Braking
Now the new models get an all-new braking system. Mercedes claims that this system will offer an “improved brake feel”. It is great to witness carmakers responding to customer feedback and turning up with the solution so rapidly. However, we shall have to wait for customers and automobile experts/reviewers to test these out in real-world conditions.
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Heat Pump and Improved Range
Another critical update in the 2024 models is the addition of heat pumps. This will result in an improved performance of the battery and in turn, range, in extremely cold weather conditions. We know that Lithium-ion batteries are susceptible to temperature. That’s why we experience EVs losing some range during extreme cold. The addition of a heat pump will ensure that the battery remains in an optimal temperature range for maximum performance.
Furthermore, the 2024 models, in dual-motor 4MATIC AWD iterations, now get an all-wheel-drive disconnect function. That will help improve the range even more. As a result, the EQS 450 4MATIC and EQS 580 4MATIC now get a bump of a marginal 2 miles and 5 miles of EPA-estimated range, respectively. However, the AMG EQS sedan now offers a 23-mile higher range (305 miles).
Increased Battery Capacity and Power
Mercedes has also made minor improvements in the battery capacity of the EQS SUV. It now has a usable capacity of 118 kWh. Interestingly, this doesn’t translate to any surge in range. The EQS 450+ now produces 355 hp and 419 lb-ft of peak power and torque up from 328 hp and 417 lb-ft. Similarly, the EQS 580 4MATIC now generates 536 hp and 633 lb-ft of peak power and torque up from 516 hp and 631 lb-ft.
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The 2024 EQE sedan now retails from a starting price of $76,050, while the SUV iteration starts at $79,050. There are an additional $1,150 destination charges. On the other hand, the premium EQS starts at $105,550 for sedan and SUV.