Mercedes’ flagship EQS 580 4MATIC is now available to customers across Canada, an arrival that marks “the beginning of a new electric era for the three-pointed star” nationally.
The premium German brand’s national dealership network has been receiving their first shipments of the top tier EQS 580 since late last week, with more expected during the course of the year. A notable positive, given that the e-sedan was originally set to be launched in Canada late last year.
Prices for the EQS 580 will start from $144,200 plus change, just over $1,300 more than the equivalent, internationally combustion-engined S 580 4MATIC.
“This milestone signifies the beginning of the Mercedes-EQ era in Canada,” Mercedes-Benz Canada president and CEO Eva Wiese explains in an official statement. “We are excited for our customers from coast-to-coast to get behind the wheel of our groundbreaking all-electric luxury EQS 580 4MATIC sedan – the first of what will be an incredible lineup of Mercedes-EQ vehicles coming to our market.
“We look forward to continuing the hard work we’ve started with all of our dealer partners as we execute Mercedes-Benz Canada’s transition to ‘electric only’ in the years to come.”
The first all-electric Mercedes to land in Canada following its launch in April last year, the EQS 580 is the higher of two trim levels confirmed for the model thus far. Featuring electric motors powering both the front and rear axles – hence the ‘4MATIC’ name – the powertrain for Mercedes’ electric alter-ego to the luxury S-Class produces 516 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque.
By comparison, the entry level EQS 450 features a single electric motor on the rear axle that produces ‘just’ 328 hp and 419 lb -ft of torque. The Mercedes-AMG EQS 4MATIC+ meanwhile, which made its digital debut in September last year, uses the same dual electric motor setup but ups power and torque to a potential 750 hp and 750 lb-ft.
On top of the performance potential, the powertrain’s 107.8 kWh battery pack means the EQS 580 is capable of an estimated 547 km of range. A contributing factor to this is the sedan’s super-sleek 0.20 cd, the most aerodynamic of any Mercedes production model.
Among the most premium features of the EQS 580 cabin are the panoramic sunroof formed from two ‘modules’, leather seats, and Mercedes’ new MBUX Hyperscreen, a 56-inch single-piece glass surface on the dashboard through which three different displays are exhibited. Another available option is the intriguing 10-degree Rear Axle Steering, which allows the rear wheels to turn minutely in the opposite direction to the front for a tighter turning circle. This comes as standard with the top spec, $7,000 Premium Package, one of four collections starting from $4,500.
Alongside the EQS 580’s arrival in Canada, Mercedes has also confirmed that, as of this month, EQ customers will have access to “nearly 9,000” public charging points, more than 1,300 of which are DC fast chargers. Compatible up to 200 kW, the EQS’s batteries can be topped up from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just 31 minutes.
While Mercedes’ Canadian charging network “will continue to expand in the months and years ahead,” no further details or timeframe have been revealed.