2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS500 4Matic CKD in Malaysia – 696 km EV range; 449 PS, 0-100 in 4.8s; from RM649k

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS500 4Matic CKD in Malaysia – 696 km EV range; 449 PS, 0-100 in 4.8s; from RM649k

The Mercedes-Benz EQS500 4Matic Electric Art Line is the first model from the brand’s EQ line-up of electric vehicles (EVs) to be locally assembled (CKD) in Malaysia. Introduced in February this year, the variant retails at RM648,888 on-the-road without insurance and replaces the previous EQS450+ AMG Line that was fully imported (CBU) from Germany.

In this post, we’re bringing you a comprehensive gallery of the EQS500 with over 200 photos for you to browse through and compare with the EQS450+, which we have reviewed before and was previously priced at RM698,888.

Featuring two electric motors, the all-wheel drive EQS500 serves up a total system output of 449 PS (443 hp, or 330 kW) and 828 Nm of torque, significantly more than the rear-wheel drive EQS450+ that offers 333 PS (329 hp, or 245 kW) and 568 Nm. As a result, the EQS500 will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, which is faster than the EQS450+ that needs 6.2 seconds – both variants have an identical top speed of 210 km/h.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS500 4Matic CKD in Malaysia – 696 km EV range; 449 PS, 0-100 in 4.8s; from RM649k

The CKD variant also has a slightly higher usable energy capacity from its lithium-ion battery at 108.4 kWh instead of 107.8 kWh (120 kWh gross), but it sacrifices some range in exchange for increased performance. On a full charge, the EQS500 provides up to 696 km of WLTP-rated range compared to the 782 km of the EQS450+.

As for charging times, the EQS500 needs 10 hours to get the battery from a 10-100% state of charge (SoC) with AC charging (Type 2 connection) at the max of 11 kW. With DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at up to 200 kW, a 10-80% SoC can be achieved in just 31 minutes.

Aside from the differing electric powertrains, the EQS500 also comes with the Electric Art Line exterior instead of the AMG Line on the EQS450+ that sees less aggressive bumpers and more chrome trim elements on the exterior. The more conservative look is made complete by a set of 20-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels in place of the EQS450+’s 21-inch AMG multi-spoke units.

In terms of specifications, the EQS500 gets almost all of the equipment present on the EQS450+, including adjustable Airmatic air suspension with selective damping, rear axle steering (up to 10 degrees) and the Dynamic Select system with selectable drive modes.

Similarly, the Electric Art interior of the EQS450+ is applied to the EQS500, with one revision being Nappa leather upholstery in black/space grey instead of black/Balao brown. A black fabric headliner, velour floor mats, anthracite line-structure lime wood trim elements, anthracite open-pored line structure lime wood centre console as well as 64-colour ambient lighting are all present.

A main highlight of the EQS’ interior is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) Hyperscreen, which consists of three separate displays – a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a 17.7-inch central OLED touchscreen and another 12.3-inch OLED touchscreen for the front passenger. The system includes Mercedes me connect services, over-the-air update support, augmented reality for navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support on top of various media functions.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 500 4Matic CKD Malaysia spec sheet; click to enlarge

There’s also the MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment System with two wireless headsets to keep rear passengers entertained as they enjoy the luxury of the Rear Seat Package Plus (electrically-adjustable rear seats with climate control and comfort armrest), wireless mobile device charging and a dedicated MBUX tablet.

Those at the front will also be pampered with powered Comfort seats that include heating, ventilation, massaging and memory functions. The MBUX Interior Assistant for both the front and rear as well as a Burmester 3D surround sound system add to the interior creature comforts.

Safety and driver assistance systems that are standard on the EQS500 include Driving Assistance Plus Package (includes AEB), Active Distance Assist Distronic (adaptive cruise control) with extended automatic restart in traffic jams, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Steering Assist (semi-autonomous driving), Pre-Safe (with impulse side support), evasive manoeuvre support, Active Parking Assist, a Parking Package with 360-degree camera and Urban Guard vehicle protection.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • Epson on Jun 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Not so luxurious but boring

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  • BYD looks better than this

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  • Audi e-tron is better, cheaper and faster than tis. tis mercedes is junk.

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  • aumeow on Jun 12, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Mercedes has truly lost their design language.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 1
  • Saints on Jun 12, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    Honestly, i’d rather pay the 50k ekstra and get it made in Jermani by a bunch of Turks , lol

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  • ROTI CANAI on Jun 13, 2023 at 8:07 am

    gosh what is this monstrosity, if this had any other badge it willl be panned like crazy

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  • Ugly rear light

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  • Isaac on Jun 13, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    To all Mercedes fanbois who pressing so many dislikes when so many people are criticizing Mercedes Malaysia for not improving something in local spec including quality but yet to all mercedes Fanbois for doing something bad on other brands because of afraid that mercedes sales are dropping: Shame on you!

    This is the result of what you guys did. You guys are defending Mercedes Malaysia for omitting so many things including quality. I have mentioned many times that you guys should pressure Mercedes to improve something including quality but not defending them and doing something bad on other brands smh.

    Mercedes made in Malaysia & Sold in Malaysia : No quality and poor reliability and lack of things
    Mercedes made in Malaysia & Sold in Thai : so many things and better quality although poor reliability

    Btw, Mercedes fanbois, you deserve it cuz you are too arrogant anywhere after destroying all other brands but defending mercedes with no proof at all.

    You can see here how Mercedes Malaysia is treating our market.

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    • Isaac on Jun 15, 2023 at 12:30 am

      Mercedes fanbois, who are very good for king of disliking by ignoring people’s truth and opinion and twisting stories by making sure not admitting that mercedes are already worst than others and while very good by annoying to everyone, so where are you? Are you hiding in your closet?? lolls. you feel ashamed now? ;) Mercedes fanbois never do some homework

      Now you can eat your words!

      I asked them to pressure Mercedes by improving quality and others, but mercedes fanbois go full force on me writing an truth words about the bad side of quality and other things that have missed out by giving wrong example they said bmw, volkswagen, audi and volvo are the worst reliability, other brands look ugly than mercedes and other brands already lost to mercedes. This can tell you that mercedes fanbois have something wrong and having their poor knowledge. omg. Clearly they dont even bother to read on why mercedes reliability is already worst ranking than other brands and design and some other things for mercedes is already failure

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  • Isaac on Jun 13, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Add on: To all mercedes fanbois, when many people are pressuring mercedes to improving something including quality, there is no point putting many dislikes for what don’t like on what people are pressuring mercedes while putting many likes on defending mercedes, that’s what happened since beginning of this year, because of arrogance. Just accept by admitting that mercedes is really bad including quality on what many people are pressuring.

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  • Merc too busy try to make the interior prettier than previous, that they forget the exterior.

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  • Rakyat on Jun 14, 2023 at 10:31 am

    So ugly. Pay 600k plus for a honday quality/looks. China has really surpassed the europeans in EV or car designs in general. I think most top Europeans designer and engineers has jumped ship to Chinese company like how Porsche chief designer went over and designed the Ora good cat

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