Mercedes-Benz Just Launched An Electric Tesla Rival With An All-Vegan Leather Interior

With its most impressive electric sedan to date, Mercedes-Benz brings vegan leather and sustainability to luxury driving.

German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has released a first peek at the 2022 EQS—its first electric sedan designed to tackle the Tesla Model S head-on. While the price hasn’t yet been announced, its S-class price range runs between $94,000 and $160,000. The EQS is expected to tip toward the top of the range when it hits the market later this fall. Tesla’s Model S large sedan ranges from around $79,990 to $149,990.

“The EQS is designed to exceed the expectations of even our most discerning customers,” said Mercedes-Benz and Daimler CEO Ola Kaellenius in part of a 63-page press release for the car. “That’s exactly what a Mercedes has to do to earn the letter ‘S’ in its name. Because we don’t award that letter lightly.”

Despite targeting the Tesla consumer, the EQS, according to Edmunds, “is a different beast entirely.”

Mercedes Just Launched An Electric Tesla Rival With All-Vegan Leather Interior

The car, a decade in the works, according to the company, is not the electric version of its S-Class sedans. Edmunds says it more closely resembles the E-Class in size as the two vehicles “share a similarly styled interior and some features. Both sport a line of exotic trim and upholstery options, use ambient lighting strips extensively throughout the cabin, and feature rear-axle steering that points the rear wheels the opposite way at low speeds to reduce the turning circle. The two models also offer some nifty upgrades in common, including deeper personalization options with the MBUX infotainment system and a head-up display that can virtually project navigation instructions onto the lanes you need to enter.”

But like Tesla and other electric luxury cars, the EQS also offers a fully vegan interior option with microfiber inserts.

The EQS will also feature an augmented reality system that projects 3D graphics onto the screen. The luxury car also features a built-in fragrance system with an optional HEPA filter designed to removed more than 99 percent of airborne particles.

While not quite as fast in the zero to 60 as Tesla, Mercedes says it will hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed at 130 mph. The sedans come with a 108kWh battery, providing a driving range of up to 478 miles per charge.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS will be on the market this fall.

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