In China, Mercedes offers owners of an EQS an interesting option to say the least. It is a question of activating the maximum angle of the steered rear wheels, thanks to a subscription and a software update.
The Mercedes EQS is the German manufacturer’s electric limousine. We were able to try it out, and it’s true that its steerable rear wheels really impressed us. These reduce the turning radius. By default, the maximum angle of the rear wheels is 4.5°. For 1,600 euros, in France, it is possible to 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 taken out after delivery of the car, directly from the Mercedes me Portal. In other words, whether in France or in China, Mercedes manufactures a single version of the EQS, with rear steering wheels capable of reaching a 10° angle. 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 if it is suspended, the maximum angle of the rear steering wheels will be immediately reduced, in a software way. However, Mercedes offers an interesting advantage to Chinese customers: the possibility 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 on the old continent. We can cite Tesla, which offers certain 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 shame to have to pay for a mechanical feature that is already present on the car. The option to subscribe to the order in a single payment already seems a bit far-fetched, but the idea of the annual subscription is even more absurd. The customer does not in fact pay for access to a service. In the United States, Tesla offers Autopilot as a subscription, but with software updates that improve (or decrease, in Europe) the driving aids.
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