The Mercedes EQS SUV is 20 cm taller than the EQS, and can accommodate up to seven passengers. The high-ride is available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions (two versions with this setup) with up to 400 kW and a range of up to 660 km.
The Mercedes EQS SUV is the first Mercedes luxury SUV built on a dedicated electric platform, as the EQC and EQA use conventional model platforms from the GLC and GLA.
Built on the EQS EVA architecture, the EQS SUV has the same 3210 mm wheelbase as the EQS, and at 5,125/1,959/1,718 mm, it is 91 mm shorter, 33 mm wider and no less than 206 mm taller than the sedan.
Sliding rear bench standard, third row optional
Optionally, a third row of seats is available while the 130 mm second-row sliding rear bench, 40/20/40% splitting backrest with electrically tilting by 14 degrees to the front and 4 degrees to the rear is standard. Thanks to the sliding rear bench, the knee room in the second row ranges from 830 to 960 mm.
Mercedes promises generous interior height in all three rows of seats: 1035 mm in the front, 1030 mm in the second row (values with optional panoramic sunroof) and 900 mm in the third row. Access to the third row of seats is via an easy-entry system for the second-row seat that moves 290 mm forward.
With 7 seats fitted, the boot volume is 195 liters. In the five-seater version, boot volume varies between 645 and 880 liters (565-800 liters in the seven-seater version) depending on the position of the rear bench. If the rear bench is folded down, the total volume reaches an impressive 2100 liters (2020 in the seven-seater version).
The tailgate rises to a height of 1,978 mm so even tall people have easy access to the boot. Folding down the third row seat and backrest of the rear bench creates a perfectly flat load area.
Airmatic suspension and 4.5 degrees integral steering as standard
Mercedes EQS SUV carries over the drive train from the EQS sedan. This means a 4-link multilink front suspension, a 5-link multilink rear suspension, air suspension with adjustable ground clearance and 4.5-degree integral steering, all coming as standard. Optional 10-degree integral steering can be ordered, in which case the turning circle is reduced from 11.9 to 11 meters.
On both integral steering systems, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction from the front wheels up to 50 km/h, and upwards from 50 km/h in the same direction.
The driver can select Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual driving modes, while 4Matic versions have an additional Off-road mode.
In Off-road mode, the suspension raises by 25 mm at speeds of up to 80 km/h. When this speed is exceeded, the suspension returns to normal.
The suspension can also be raised manually by 25 mm below 60 km/h and it returns to normal level when the odometer goes above the 70 km/h speed. At speeds above 100 km/h, the suspension is lowered by 10 mm and 15 mm, respectively in Comfort and Sport modes, and returns to the normal level if the speed drops below 80 km/h.
MBUX with Hyperscreen and intelligent functions
Like the EQS, the EQS SUV comes standard in the base version with the MBUX system with a 12.8-inch portrait screen and a virtual instrument cluster on the 12.3-inch screen.
The top version EQS 580 4Matic (optional on 450) features the sensational Hyperscreen under which are grouped the 12.3 inch display for the instrument cluster, a second 12.3-inch display for the front passenger, and the central 17.7-inch display, the latter being OLED displays.
The front passenger can watch TV on his screen while the car is in motion due to an intelligent system. A camera notices if the driver is looking at the passenger screen and automatically darkens that screen. Also, if no one is sitting in the front passenger seat, only a decorative image appears on the passenger screen.
The top Burmester surround sound system has two soundscapes – Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. Silver Waves is a sensuous and clean sound. Aimed at EV enthusiasts, Vivid Flux is crystalline, synthetic yet humanly warm. With the help of over-the-air technology, you can unlock a third Roaring Pulse mode that is sonorous and extroverted.
Mercedes EQS SUV features OTA (Over-the-air) technology that allows, among other things, the updating of the battery management software but also the addition of functions such as the option for integral steering with a steering angle of 10 degrees.
Three versions from 265 to 400 kW, rear-wheel drive all all-wheel drive
The Mercedes EQS SUV is available in three versions:
– EQS 450+ single-engine, rear-wheel drive with 265 kW (360 CP) and 568 Nm
– EQS 450 4Matic with two engines and all-wheel drive with 265 kW (360 CP) and 800 Nm
– EQS 580 4Matic with two engines and all-wheel drive with 400 kW (544 CP) and 858 Nm.
All engines are permanent excitation synchronous motors. Compared to the EQS 450 and 580 4Matic respectively, power output is higher by 27 HP and 21 HP respectively while torque is identical.
Only one battery is available, with a usable capacity of 107.8 kWh, but the range is slightly less than the EQS due to the slightly lower aerodynamic coefficient but Mercedes has not communicated the Cx of the EQS SUV. In the case of the EQS limousine, it has an exceptional value of only 0.20.
Mercedes has not announced the kerb weight of the EQS SUV either. The EQS weighs between 2,480 and 2,585 kg and the EQS SUV is certainly a bit heavier.
The EQS 450+ SUV has a minimum WLTP consumption of 18.6 kWh/100 km, corresponding to a maximum range of 660 km (EQS 450+ 16.6 kWh/100 km, 743 km). Meanwhile, the EQS 580 4Matic SUV has a minimum consumption of 20 kWh/100 km, corresponding to a maximum range of 613 km (EQS 580 4Matic 18.5 kWh/100 km and 670 km).
One big battery with 107.8 kWh net capacity
The 396 V battery can be charged at AC stations up to 22 kW (optional, 11 kW standard) and at DC stations up to 200 kW. In the latter case charging from 10 to 80% takes only 31 minutes. The battery is guaranteed for 10 years or 250,000 km. During this time, its capacity must not drop below 70%.
The EQS SUV will be produced at the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, alongside the GLE and GLS luxury SUVs (the EQS is produced in Sindelfingen alongside the S-Class).
Next to the Tuscaloosa plant, in Bibb County, Mercedes inaugurated a battery plant on March 15. It is there where batteries for the EQS SUV and future EQE SUV are produced, on a 300-meter-long production line, with 70 workstations. 600 people work here in two shifts.