The new top of the range of the German brand’s electric vehicle family is the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV that will take on the Audi E-Tron and BMW iX when it hits the market later this year.
Last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to its first modern electric vehicle, the EQS, built around a specific electrical architecture.
This aerodynamic and luxurious saloon is based on the modular EVA2 platform, which is prepared to receive configurations of a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive or two electric motors and all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV available with seven seats
The electric drive line includes in all these models a 107.8 kWh battery – the same used in the EQS saloon – mounted on the subframe to provide this luxury SUV with an almost flat floor and the lowest center of gravity of any SUV, second claims the mark of Stuttgart.
With a length of 5.13 meters, a width of 1.96 meters and a height of 1.72 meters, the EQS SUV is 8.2 cm shorter than the Mercedes-Benz GLS, 3 mm wider and 10. 5 cm lower. The wheelbase is also 7.5 cm longer, at 3.21 meters, equal to that of the EQS saloon.
The exterior lines feature the smooth surfaces that debuted three years ago on the Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV and that have been carried over to the recent EQS and EQE saloons.
Key styling elements include a dark front grille that extends into the lower part of the front bumper, angled LED headlights and a horizontal LED light bar, which allows the image of this model to be associated with the other models in the EQ family.
Autonomy over 500 km
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will be available in three powertrains. The entry-level version is the EQS 450+, with a single engine and rear-wheel drive, followed by the EQS 450 4MATIC with two electric motors and all-wheel drive, and the EQS 580 4MATIC, also with two electric motors and all-wheel drive. The first two proposals offer the same power of 265 kW, but a different torque of 568 Nm and 800 Nm. The top version claims 400 kW of power and 858 Nm of torque.
The announced energy consumption of the entry-level version is 23.0 kW/100 km and 24.0 kW/100 km in the other cases, which should allow a range of up to 536 km or 507 km, respectively.
The top version EQS SUV 580 gets the Hyperscreen display with a total surface area of 1.41 meters
The battery can recover between 10 and 80% of its capacity in an ultra-fast 200 kW station in about 31 minutes.
The driver has three different energy recovery levels available: D+, D and D-. The user can also select an adaptive setting, called D-Auto, which constantly changes regeneration depending on driving conditions.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV offers four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Off-Road. In the latter, the parameters of the traction control system, anti-lock brakes, downhill speed regulation, as well as accelerator mapping, are programmed so that the EQS SUV can venture into bad paths.
The cabin receives a 12.3” digital instrument panel and a 12.8” touchscreen infotainment system. The EQS 580 version features Hyperscreen, operated by an eight-core processor with 24 gigabytes of RAM. With a width of 1.41 meters, it includes a 12.3” instrument panel, a 17.7” center screen of the infotainment system and a 12.3” front passenger screen. All on a single surface.
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The MBUX operating system supports voice commands via the “Hello Mercedes” greeting and can also receive software updates wirelessly. A head-up display with augmented reality navigation is also available as an option.
An optional third row increases the capacity to seven occupants. In this configuration, the luggage compartment capacity is only 195 litres.