Cadillac is stepping into the all-electric luxury vehicle space with the all-new Cadillac Lyriq crossover, but the Lyriq is only the beginning as far as battery-driven Caddys are concerned. Now, General Motors has been caught benchmarking another all-electric luxury vehicle, namely the Mercedes-Benz EQS, slated to rival an upcoming all-electric Cadillac sedan.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS used for GM’s benchmark was seen traveling alongside another luxury EV sedan, namely the Lucid Air, as GM Authority covered previously.
As for the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the four-door serves as the German automaker’s flagship with regard to its all-electric vehicle portfolio, and measures in with a wheelbase of 126.4 inches and an overall length of 205.4 inches. The exterior maximizes aero efficiency while incorporating recognizable Mercedes styling elements.
The cabin is dominated by something Mercedes calls its Hyperscreen, which provides 56 inches of display space stretching across the dash and serving as both the infotainment hub and driver information readout. High-end materials abound, while the tech specs include automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and self-parking assist.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is offered with two powertrains, including the EQS450+ and EQS580 4Matic. The former is rated at 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels, while the latter is all-wheel drive with 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph takes 5.5 seconds in the former and 4.1 seconds in the latter. Both equip a 107.8kWh battery and range out at 350 miles per charge.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS can be had in one of six trim levels, starting with the EQS450+ Premium, which is priced at $103,360, ranging up to the EQS580 Pinnacle, which is priced at $126,360.
As for GM’s answer to the new Mercedes four-door, Cadillac will have several EV sedans on offer in the near future, including the top-shelf Cadillac Celestiq, as well as a smaller, as-of-yet-unnamed sedan model.