The new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV joins the all-electric offerings of the EQS luxury saloon and the EQE executive saloon.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV can be specified with seven seats and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The second row of seats can be electrically adjusted as standard, and perhaps most importantly, up to four golf bags fit in the boot.
There are three EQS SUV models: the EQS 450+ (rear-wheel drive, 265kW, 568 Nm, up to 409-mile range), EQS 450 4MATIC (all-wheel drive, 265kW, 800 Nm, up to 380-mile range), and the EQS 580 4MATIC (all-wheel drive, 400kW, 858 Nm, up to 380-mile range). All models can charge at 200 kW.
All EQS SUVs have an electric drivetrain (eATS) on the rear axle, and the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS on the front axle.
In the 4MATIC models, the Torque Shift function ensures continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors. AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ is standard equipment.
The vehicle level can be raised by several centimetres. In addition to the DYNAMIC SELECT modes ECO, COMFORT, SPORT and INDIVIDUAL, the 4MATIC versions feature OFFROAD, a further mode for off-road driving. Rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to 4.5 degrees is standard, providing extra manoeuvrability.
Mercedes claims that the EQS Saloon is the world’s most aerodynamic production car, and features such as its smooth underbody are shared with the EQS SUV.
Like the EQS, the EQS SUV features over-the-air updates, including increasing rear-axle steering angle up to 10 degrees, with Trailer Manoeuvring Assist and MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) Augmented Reality Navigation being activated at a later date.
The EQS SUV includes the new Mercedes me Charge function Plug & Charge to make charging at public charging stations that support Plug & Charge more convenient. Mercedes me Charge is one of the largest charging networks worldwide: it currently comprises over 700,000 AC and DC charging points, including around 300,000 in Europe.
Navigation with Electric Intelligence plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops, based on numerous factors and reacts dynamically to traffic jams or a change in driving style, for example. This includes a visualisation in the MBUX infotainment system as to whether the state of charge of the battery is sufficient to return to the starting point without charging. Charging stations along the route that have been added manually are given preference in the route calculation. The estimated charging costs per charging stop are also calculated.
The EQS SUV can be specified with the MBUX Hyperscreen, a large, curved screen unit that spans almost from A-pillar to A-pillar – three screens sit under a common cover glass and merge visually. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own display and control area. In Europe, and in a growing number of countries, the front seat passenger is also able to watch dynamic content while the vehicle is on the move. If the camera detects that the driver is looking at the passenger display, the system automatically dims the dynamic content.