Mercedes-Benz expands its EQ SUV lineup from three to four with the unveiling of the new EQS, slotting in as a flagship model above the EQA, EQB and EQC.
The all-electric equivalent of the GLS, the EQS, while sharing its nomenclature with the EQS sedan unveiled last year, is burly and less bulky than its petrol sibling, while still seating five or seven people.
As with the EQC, the EQS SUV was designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle, rather than being inherited from traditional models like that EQA based on the GLA and the EQB offshoot of the GLB.
The EQS SUV follows the Sensual Purity styling language of the EQ brand’s three-pointed star and measures an overall length of 5,125 mm with a wheelbase of 3,210 mm and a width of 1,959 mm.
At 1,718mm tall, the EQS is both longer and taller than the sedan, but surprisingly not as wide despite being an SUV.
Claimed boot space is of course larger, with 198 liters available in the seven-seat configuration, 878 liters when the power-folding third row is lowered and 2,095 liters when the second row is also folded down.
The SUV comes with the same Black Panel and Matrix 3D Helix LED headlights as the EQS sedan and rolls on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, but can be specified with 21- or 22-inch wheels as well as the Electric Art Line or AMG Line packages are specified.
The rear fascia design is another representation of the EQ line, as it not only reflects that of the mentioned SUVs and EQS sedan, but also that of the smaller ones EQEthe interior of the EQS SUV follows that of the sedan in terms of look and design.
As standard, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is complemented by the 12.8-inch tablet-like MBUX infotainment system, along with a variety of materials and veneers ranging from synthetic leather and various woods to aluminum inlays and the laser-engraved trident star pattern on the center console.
The optional infotainment system, however, is the expansive hyperscreen display that runs the length of the dash and the aforementioned instrument cluster, with a 17.7-inch MBUX infotainment system and a 12.3-inch passenger-side display under a single one Piece of silicate aluminum glass combined.
The combined 56-inch setup with integrated OLED technology has artificial intelligence that learns and adapts to the driver’s preferences and changes color depending on the selected driving mode.
In addition to the same 190-light LED mood lighting system as the EQS sedan, the SUV can be outfitted with the optional rear-seat entertainment system, which includes two 11.6-inch displays, a pair of wireless headphones and a 710-speaker with 15 loudspeakers. Watt Burmester 3D surround sound system, the latter with Dolby Atmos surround system technology.
On the safety front, like the sedan, the EQS SUV comes standard with:
- Blind Spot Assist with exit warning;
- Active Distance Assist Distronic;
- Active Lane Keeping Assist;
- Active steering and evasive steering assistant;
- Active Brake Cross Traffic Assist;
- Pre-Safe with Autonomous Emergency Braking;
- Active emergency stop assistant;
- Remote Park Assist with the driverless parking pilot
Beneath its SUV skin, Mercedes-Benz has revised the chassis of the EQS SUV, with the most notable departure from the sedan being the off-road mode integrated into the Dynamic Select system.
While the usual Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual settings are retained, the off-road mode, once activated, raises the standard Airmatic air suspension by up to 25 mm up to a speed of 80 km/h and enables the complete deactivation of the electronic stability control.
Like the sedan, the EQS SUV is equipped with rear-axle steering right from the start, but will not be offered with the Drive Pilot system for the time being, which enables autonomous driving.
On the front, the EQS will have two derivatives with the same nomenclatures as the sedan, albeit with revised exits.
In the case of the entry-level 450+, the single rear axle-mounted electric motor powered by a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery produces 265 kW/568 Nm, an increase of 20 kW/18 Nm over the one used 90 kWh aggregate the 450+ sedan.
Equipped with a 9.6 kW charger as standard, the EQS supports fast charging up to 200 kW, resulting in a waiting time of 31 minutes from 0-80%. The specified range is 660 km.
At the sharp end of the line, the 580 keeps its sibling’s battery but adds a front-mounted electric motor to complete the 4Matic electric all-wheel-drive setup. Power therefore increases to 400 kW / 858 Nm, an improvement of 15 kW / 30 Nm over the 580 sedans.
Despite the shots, the 580’s charge time is identical to the 450+, with its range unknown. However, both models are limited to 210 km/h, with respective 0-100 km/h sprint times unannounced.
The EQS SUV, which will go on sale in select markets later this year, isn’t one of them for now Rollout of Benz EQ South Africa destined to begin toward the end of it. However, expect that if approved, it won’t be available until 2023.
Mercedes-Benz EQS transforms into fully electric SUV
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