On Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQS SUV, an all-electric seven-seater that shares a platform with the automaker's recently launched EQS luxury sedan. With an estimated range of 373 miles (600 km), the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will go alongside the Tesla Model X and BMW iX when it goes on sale in the United States later this year.
Mercedes isn't releasing pricing information yet, but the SUV is expected to sell for between $110,000 and $130,000, depending on trim level. It will be the first electric SUV from the German automaker to reach the United States after the release of the EQC SUV was delayed indefinitely.
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In many ways, the EQS SUV is just a bigger EQS: same 56-inch Hyperscreen, pillar-to-pillar (for the top trim level), same 107.8kWh battery, same design language. Acceleration is likely to be different, although Mercedes is not yet disclosing the EQS SUV's 0-60mph time.
IN MANY WAYS, THE EQS SUV IS JUST A BIGGER EQS
Like the EQS sedan range, there will be two trim levels: the rear-drive 450+ and the twin-motor 580 4MATIC. The 450+'s 265 kW rear axle motor will produce 265 kW of power, allowing 355 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque. The front and rear axle motors in the 580 4MATIC configuration produce a combined output of 400 kWh, for 536 horsepower and 633 pound-feet of torque. In the 4MATIC model, the Torque Shift function ensures "continuously variable distribution of the drive torque between the rear and front electric motors", explains Mercedes.
Only the 4MATIC model will be equipped with the 56-inch Hyper screen. Those who opt for the less expensive version will still get a digital gauge cluster and a 12.8-inch portrait-style touchscreen. (When I tested the EQS sedan last year, I marveled at the vastness of the Hyperscreen, but I also worried about the lack of physical buttons and the possibility of distractions. The company says the drivers can find "90%" of what they're looking for on the first layer of the screen without having to scroll through menus or use the voice assistant.)
Obviously, a major difference between the EQS and the EQS SUV is the size. The EQS SUV is an SUV and, by definition, it is larger than a sedan. While both have the same wheelbase (126 inches), the ESQ SUV is 7.8 inches taller than the sedan. At 202 inches long, 77 inches wide and 68 inches high, the EQS SUV is slightly slimmer and shorter than the 2022 Mercedes GLS-Class.
OF COURSE, A MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EQS AND THE EQS SUV IS SIZE
Another thing that sets the SUV apart from the sedan is the off-road capabilities. The EQS SUV will come with an OFFROAD drive mode, in which the AWD distribution is "optimized for unpaved roads, slopes and terrain". Hummer EV with crab mode it doesn't, but it's cool to think about bouncing around gravel roads while fully ensconced in a luxury German-made interior. That said, most people who buy this EV aren't the type to seek out rough back roads.
Like the EQS sedan, the SUV will come with Plug and Charge capabilities. This means that the EQS SUV will be compatible with approximately 90% of public charging stations in the United States without the need to download an app or sign up for an individual charging service. Mercedes did not provide voltage information for the SUV architecture, but said the battery would charge from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes when plugged into a 110kW DC fast charger or more. The peak power of the EQS SUV is 265 kW.
Something that caught my attention in the 55-page(!!) EQS SUV press release is the description of the SUV's interior as "avant-garde". Apparently, the contrast between the massive hyperscreen and a super-thin vent strip that spans the width of the dashboard, along with "circular ambient lighting", are the two interior design elements that qualify trendsetters for Mercedes-Benz. I'll leave it to the art critics to determine if this meets the standard from their perspective.