In China, Mercedes is offering owners of an EQS an attractive option to say the least. It involves activating the maximum angle of the rear steering wheels, thanks to a subscription and a software update.
The Mercedes EQS is the electric limousine of the German manufacturer. We were able to try it out and it’s true that its steering rear wheels really impressed us. These reduce the turning radius. By default, the maximum rear wheel angle is 4.5 °. For 1,600 euros, in France, you can opt for a maximum angle of 10 °. In China, Mercedes offers this option … as a subscription!
700 euros per year for the rear steering wheels
According to our colleagues on the site CnEVPost, Mercedes charges the option 4,998 yuan per year, or 714 euros. And as in France, this option can be picked up after delivery of the car, directly from the Mercedes me Portal. In other words, both in France and in China, Mercedes produces a single version of the EQS, with rear-wheel steering capable of reaching an angle of 10 °. However, by default, the angle is limited to 4.5 °, so you have to pay to “unlock” the maximum angle, via a software update.
The difference is that in France the option is not in the form of a subscription, but of a single payment, with the order or after delivery. In China it is an annual subscription, so we imagine that in the event of a suspension, the maximum angle of the rear steering wheels will be immediately reduced, in software mode. However, Mercedes offers an interesting advantage to Chinese customers: the ability to test the functionality for free for 3 months.
Tesla also offers subscription options
Before the release of the EQS, this subscription had been the subject of rumors in Europe even if in the end the German manufacturer chose not to offer this option as a subscription in the old continent. We can mention Tesla, which offers some options to be activated remotely, such as the heated rear seats on the first generations of Model 3 Standard Range + or the increase in power of the electric motor on the Long Autonomy version.
he is pity having to pay for a mechanical feature already present on the car. The possibility of subscribing to the order in a single solution already seems a bit far-fetched, but the idea of the annual subscription is even more absurd. In fact, the customer does not pay for access to a service. In the United States, Tesla offers Autopilot by subscription, but with software updates that improve (or decrease, in Europe) driving aids.
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