Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS SUV, the company's first electric sport utility vehicle for the United States

Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS SUV, the company’s first electric sport utility vehicle for the United States

Mercedes-Benz announced the EQS SUV, an all-electric seven-seater that shares a platform with the upscale EQS sedan, which was debuted earlier this year. The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, with an anticipated range of 373 miles (600 km), will compete with the Tesla Model X and BMW iX when it goes on sale in the United States later this year.

Mercedes has not yet released pricing details, but the SUV is estimated to cost between $110,000 and $130,000, depending on trim level. After the EQC SUV’s debut was postponed indefinitely, it will be the German automaker’s first electric SUV to arrive in the United States.

 

Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS SUV, the company's first electric sport utility vehicle for the United States

 

The EQS SUV is essentially a larger EQS: same 56-inch pillar-to-pillar Hyperscreen (for higher trim levels), same 107.8kWh battery, same design language. The EQS SUV’s acceleration is likely to be different, though Mercedes hasn’t revealed the 0–60mph time just yet.

There will be two model levels, similar to the EQS sedan lineup: the 450+ with rear-wheel drive and the 580 4MATIC with dual motors. The 450+’s 265kW rear-axle motor produces 265kW of power, resulting in 355 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. The front and rear-axle motors in the 580 4MATIC configuration produce a total 400kWh, resulting in 536 horsepower and 633 pound-feet of torque.

The 56-inch Hyperscreen will be available only on the 4MATIC variant. Those who choose the lower-priced variant will still have a digital gauge cluster and a 12.8-inch portrait-style touchscreen. (When I tested the EQS sedan last year, I was impressed by the Hyperscreen’s size but concerned about the lack of physical knobs and the risk of distractions.) According to the business, 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.)

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Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS SUV, the company's first electric sport utility vehicle for the United States

 

The size difference between the EQS and EQS SUV is obvious. The EQS SUV is an SUV, which means it is larger than a car. While both vehicles have the same wheelbase (126 inches), the ESQ SUV is 7.8 inches taller than the sedan. The EQS SUV is slightly slimmer and shorter than the 2022 Mercedes GLS-Class, measuring 202 inches long, 77 inches wide, and 68 inches height.

Off-road capability is another feature that distinguishes the SUV from the sedan. The EQS SUV will have an OFFROAD driving mode, which will optimise the AWD distribution for “unpaved roads, inclines, and terrain.” Crab Mode on the Hummer EV This isn’t it, but it’s fun to imagine bouncing around dirt roads while fully encased in a German-made luxury interior. However, most individuals who buy this EV aren’t looking for tough backroad drives.

 

Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQS SUV, the company's first electric sport utility vehicle for the United States

 

The SUV, like the EQS sedan, will have Plug and Charge capabilities. That implies the EQS SUV will be compatible with roughly 90% of public charging stations in the United States without the need to download an app or sign up for a specific charging service. Mercedes did not disclose the voltage of the SUV architecture, but it did state that the battery will charge from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes when hooked into a 110kW-or-higher DC fast charger. The EQS SUV has a maximum output of 265kW.

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