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Mercedes-Benz launches EQS AMG electric performance-luxury car in India

Source: Mercedes-Benz India (Twitter)

Kickstarting a grand EV product lineup for the Indian market, Mercedes-Benz has introduced its flagship electric saloon under its 'AMG' performance moniker – the EQS 53 4MATIC+ - for a price tag of ₹ 2.45 crores. The premium car is the first of the three luxury EVs lined-up for Indian launch this year, according to the brand.

The EQS will be available in India as a CBU import for the Indian buyers. The performance saloon boasts a WLTP driving range of 529-586 kms per single charge, with AMG 'Dynamic Plus' package as standard for sporty output of 560 kW power and 1,020 Nm of torque in 'Race Start' mode. The car boasts an acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds, and top speed of 250 kmph.

Mercedes-Benz claims that the new car is based on the performance-oriented drive concept featuring a massive 107.8 kWh battery pack. The EQS is also equipped with intelligent energy recuperation system with a claimed output of about 300 kW, along with dynamic all-wheel drive system and rear-axle steering.

Speaking at the launch event, Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, said, "We are charting an aggressive EV roadmap for the Indian market, and the SMG EWS 53 4MATIC+ is the first all-electric luzury performance saloon, kickstarting our EV offensive".

"With this car, we are confident of winning over new customers seeking innovative electric mobility, sportiness and agile driving dynamics, all in a luxurious ambience. AMG EQS 53 customers will enjoy a dynamic and emotional driving experience with SMG-specific solutions in the drive system, suspension, brakes and above all an emotive sound spectrum".

Further, Mercedes-Benz India allocated an investment of over ₹ 15 crores for creating 'ultra-fast' charging network in the country, exclusive for the brand's customers for round-the-clock charging needs. The services of the network will be free for the users in the first year of launch, added the company.

The brand's charging network will feature 60 kW super-fast DC chargers and 180 kW ultra-fast DC chargers, covering about 80 percent of the entire country by the end of this year.

"We are confident that these end-to-end solutions will not only strengthen our EV ecosystem but also play a significant role in advancing the tipping point of EV adoption in the segment", Schwenk noted. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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