2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS in Thailand – two EQS450 + variants; First CBU, then CKD

The Mercedes-Benz EQS has finally launched in Thailand, more than a year after its worldwide debut last April. Initially, the brand’s flagship all-electric sedan will be offered in two variants – EQS 450+ AMG Premium and EQS 450+ Version 1 – with more options to arrive in the future (more on that later).

The most affordable of the two AMG Premium retails at 8.57 million baht (RM1,100,176), while the version 1 is the most expensive at 8.87 million baht (RM1,138,688). Only four dealers will sell EQS in Thailand, namely Primus Autohaus (Benz Primus), TTC Motor (Benz TTC), Benz BKK Group and Benz Praram 3.

Both variants have the EQS 450+ powertrain, one of two options offered at the time of the first launch of EQS – now six powertrains are available. In the EQS 450+ camouflage, the rear wheels of the EV are powered by an electric motor rated at 333 PS (329 hp or 245 kW) and 568 Nm of torque, which allows a time of 0-100 km / h at 6.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 210 km / h. Hours.

The electric motor is powered by an underfloor-mounted lithium-ion battery with a usable power of 107.8 kWh (120 kWh gross) which extends up to 738 km following WLTP standards.

To charge, Headlightmag Reports that the EQS will come with an onboard AC charger (Type 2 connection) that supports a maximum of 22 kilowatts, with a full charge from 10-100% taking about four hours. There is also support for DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) and it only takes 23 minutes to get from 0-80% charge status.

Both variants are worn on the exterior of the AMG line, which includes more aggressive front bumpers and slats for a larger center intake and similarly sized corner inlets. Thanks for the more sporting look at the rear bumper, the vertical outlet at the corners and the diffuser components of the bottom apron.

Based on the photos, a set of 21-inch multi-spoke light alloy wheels is standard in both variants, but version 1 comes with symbols dedicated to the A-pillars. The range-topper comes with open-pore wood trim and bright nappa leather upholstery – also applied to the steering wheel.

The AMG Premium, meanwhile, has a darker-themed cabin instead, though both get an MBUX hyperscreen with a 12.3-inch instrument display, a 17.7-inch central OLED touchscreen and another 12.3-inch OLED screen for the front passenger. Other features seen include the rear wheel steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

EQS will be sold in Thailand as a fully-imported (CBU) model before local assembly (CKD) begins in late 2022. As mentioned earlier, EQS will be manufactured at Samut’s Thanbury Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP). Prakan made it the first fully electric Mercedes-Benz model to be built there.

In addition, it will be the first market outside of Germany to produce models. The Headlightmag The CKD version is reported to be able to add an EQS 500 4Matic to the lineup, which comes with a dual electric motor (449 PS or 443 hp or 330 kW / 855 Nm) for all-wheel drive.

Already in Malaysia, EQS now has a dedicated page on its official local website, where registration of interest has already opened. However, no indication has been received as to when it will be launched.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz EQS

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