Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new EQS ahead of the planned August launch for North American sales of the battery-powered SUV being produced at the company’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
With a range of up to 410 miles (660 km) on the European WLTP test cycle, the seventh model to be sold under the EQ sub-brand from Mercedes-Benz will compete with the likes of BMW iX and Tesla Model X with an initial choice of three drivetrains and either a standard interior. Five or seven seats optional.
As with the EQS and EQE sedans, the EQS SUV is based on the custom Electric Vehicle Engineering (EVA) platform developed by Mercedes-Benz for the most upscale BEV. It supports both single-engine rear-wheel drive and two-wheel drive all-wheel drive.
All launch models are equipped with a 400 V battery with an energy content of 107.8 kWh. Consisting of 12 units, it is installed inside the floor of the EVA platform, providing a largely flat floor EQS.
Key exterior elements include a blank white front grille (optional with star-patterned treatment), angular headlights (optional with Mercedes-Benz Digital Lighting function) and a horizontal LED light strip across the front edge.
As on the EQS and EQE sedans, the EQS SUV’s large clamshell-style bonnet is designed to be opened only during maintenance.
Exiting the EQS and EQE sedans, the doors are framed. Their flush handles are standard across the range. The narrow running boards contribute to aerodynamic efficiency by facilitating airflow along the sides.
At the rear, the full-width taillights (pictured below) It mimics the look first seen on a 3-year-old EQC SUV, while the tailgate opens at an angle to reveal a rather raised floor and boot floor.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal its drag coefficient, though the company notes it’s Germany’s most aerodynamically efficient SUV model, thanks in part to a completely flat chassis.
In 201.8 ins. (5,126 mm) is 77.1 inches long. (1958 mm) wide and 67.6 inches inside. The EQS SUV has a height of 3.2 inches (1,717 mm). (81 mm) shorter, only 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) wide and 4.1 inch wide. (104 mm) longer than the GLS SUV. It also rides on a 2.9-inch wheelbase. (74 mm) is longer than its combustion-engine sibling at 126.4 inches. (3211 mm).
Two EQS SUV models will be available with three electric transmissions when sales begin in the US.
Starting the lineup is the EQS450. It comes with a single engine, the RWD EQS450+ and a twin engine, the AWD EQS450 4Matic, both with 355 horsepower and 490 lb-ft. (664 Nm) and 590 lb-ft. (800 Nm) of torque.
Mercedes-Benz says the EQS450+ has a total consumption of between 2.7 and 3.3 miles (4.3 and 5.3 km) per kWh on the WLTP test cycle, giving it a matching range of between 333 and 410 miles (536 and 660 km). The EQS450 4Matic’s auxiliary electric motor raises consumption by 2.7 to 3.1 miles (5.0 km) per kWh, giving it an official WLTP range of 315 to 381 miles (507 and 613 km).
Heading the lineup is the AWD EQS580 4Matic twin-engine, with 536 hp and 632 lb-ft. (857 Nm) of torque. That’s 20 hp and 2 lb-ft. (2.7 Nm) more than the same driveline in the similarly configured EQS580 4Matic sedan.
Although delivering 181 horsepower and 42 lb-ft. (57 Nm) more than the EQS450 4Matic, the range-topping EQS580 4Matic allegedly boasts exactly the same consumption and range as the lower model.
There are three different levels of energy recovery: D+ (standard regeneration), D (standard regeneration), and D- (enhanced regeneration). The driver can also choose an adaptive setting called D-Auto. Continuously changes the power regeneration according to driving conditions.
The EQS SUV is based on a four-link front and multi-link rear suspension featuring Mercedes-Benz AirMatic air springs and variable damping control as standard.
The ride height can be raised up to 1.0 inch (25 mm) from the default setting to improve ground clearance at speeds up to 50 mph (81 km/h). Above 68 mph (109 km/h) it automatically lowers 0.4 inches (10 mm) in Comfort mode and 0.6 inches (15 mm) in Sport mode to reduce aerodynamic drag.
There are four basic driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Off-Road, the latter of which can be operated with or without ESP operation.
The battery can be charged up to 22 kW on an AC charger and up to 200 kW on a DC system.
inside (pictured above)Mercedes-Benz SUVs rely heavily on the design created in the EQS and EQE sedans.
12.3 inches. A digital instrument cluster (31 cm) and 12.8-inch (33 cm) vertical style infotainment screens are standard on EQS450 models. The EQS580 plusher receives Mercedes-Benz’s new Hyperscreen, which includes a 12.3-inch display. 17.7 inch tool. (45 cm) infotainment and 12.3 in. Displays the front passenger.
MBUX OS supports chat commands. The EQS SUV also receives an over-the-air software update function and an optional head-up display with augmented reality navigation.
Rear second row seat (pictured below) Offers 5.1 add-ons. (130 cm) of longitudinal adjustment as well as electrical adjustment of the backrest. When pushed fully forward, the luggage compartment capacity of the 5-seat EQS SUV is 22.8 cubic feet. (646 liters).
With the second-row seats pushed forward and folded down, total payload capacity extends to 74.2 cubic feet. (2,101 liters), although there is a raised section within the floor because the seat backs don’t fold completely flat.
The optional third row of seats can accommodate up to seven. Well configured, the new Mercedes-Benz SUV delivers 6.9 cubic feet. (195 liters) luggage space.
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