The EQS SUV seven-seater is the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz EV line
Mercedes-Benz revealed their EQS SUV seven-seater on Tuesday, making it their third EQ-car to use the German marque’s fully electric EVA2 architecture. Their newest SUV, which shares the same platform as their latest premium EQS sedan, is their largest ever with up to three rows of seats.
When it goes on sale later this year in the United States, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV seven-seater will compete with the Tesla Model X and BMW iX with a range of 373 miles (600 km). Its design is more like the EQS sedan it’s based on rather than the popular GLS or G-Wagen versions, despite the fact that it’s unmistakably an SUV.
Two trim levels will be available for the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV—the rear-wheel drive EQS 450+ and the all-wheel-drive EQS 580 4MATIC. The 450+ model includes a 265kW rear-axle single-motor powertrain that produces 355 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. The 580 4MATIC has two motors, one on each axle, combining for 400kWh and delivering 536 horsepower and 633 ft lbs of torque.
The EQS SUV features the same front structure as its predecessors, as well as a variety of additional stylistic elements such as aerodynamic lines and LED lighting, though the variations are plainly obvious from its side. The SUV’s roofline has been lifted, standing at 68 inches tall and giving it a more squared-off appearance. On the inside, it sports the same 107.8kWh battery and the triple-display Hyperscreen (12.3-inch gauge cluster, 17.7-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch passenger screen) that runs the MBUX infotainment system.
MB states that their “Torque Shift” feature will be exclusive to the 580 4MATIC model and will guarantee “continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors”. Available on both trims are the Plug and Charge capabilities, which means that the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is compatible with 90% of public charging stations across the nation without the need of an app or a specific charging service.
Owners will be able to charge the battery of the EQS SUV seven-seater from 10% to 80% capacity in roughly half an hour with the 9.6-kW charger onboard and the potential to receive up to 200-kW DC charging. “With the EQS SUV, we are continuing to consistently implement the strategy of making our vehicles more sustainable and digital, with the goal of building the most desirable electric cars in the world,” said Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius.
Although pricing has not been confirmed, we expect the EQS SUV seven-seater to start between $110,000 to $130,000. Check out more photos of the dazzling fully-electric SUV below.