Everything we know about the Mercedes EQS SUV in Sept 2021 [Update]

On October 6, 2020, Daimler revealed plans to add new Mercedes electric SUVs to the portfolio, including a top-of-the-line Mercedes EQS SUV model. Based on ‘official’ Mercedes spy shots and teasers, TopElectricSUV has constructed what we reckon is the closest look yet at the production electric SUV, set as the article’s featured image. Here is everything we know about the upcoming Mercedes electric SUV:

Individual Design

Mercedes EQS SUV front quarters prototype
The EQS SUV isn’t a modified Mercedes GLS with a closed fascia but a new all-electric model designed from the ground up. Image Source: Daimler

In contrast to the strategy used by the Mercedes EQA and the Mercedes EQB, the Mercedes EQS SUV isn’t a modified GLS Class with a closed fascia. A new model designed from the ground up, the EQS would look dynamic with proportions that are not possible for a combustion engine product.

Daimler’s Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener has given a basic understanding of the Mercedes EQS SUV’s design and explained how the flagship electric SUV would look different from the Mercedes GLS. The EQS SUV “will be more seamless, more integrated, more aerodynamic, more futuristic looking, (and) so, it will be a new type of SUV.” Wagener said, as per an Auto Express report. “The windscreen will be stretched forward as with the EQS, let’s say more but not all the way forward,” he added. Not all of the EQS characteristics will be seen on the SUV version, though, like styling lines, for instance, which “wouldn’t be as fast.”

Sci-fi looks

The Mercedes EQS SUV would have a sleek silhouette, a more sci-fi front and rear lights likely connected via full-width light stripes, low-profile bumpers, and a black closed-off upper grille. A lower ground clearance, shorter length, lower height, more sloping roofline, and a more steeply angled back glass would give it a sporty stance and the complete identity of an electric vehicle.

The black panel serving as a faux radiator grille will likely be customizable with a 3D star pattern, but that should be an optional feature. The black panel surface would not only be a piece of decor but also neatly hide the vehicle’s various sensors (LiDAR, radar, ultrasound, and camera) required for its driver assistance systems.

Mercedes EQS headlight design expected to inspire the Mercedes EQS SUV headlight
The EQS’ headlight graphics will influence the styling of the Mercedes EQS SUV. Image Source: Daimler

As on the EQS, the A-pillar would be far forward for a generous passenger compartment. The overhangs and the front-end assembly should be short and the rear smoothly rounded, in what design moguls call a cab-forward design.

The Mercedes EQS SUV will likely have headlights with a DRL featuring three light dots connected via a light band. It may get a similar deep black surface (instead of a radiator grille) with tiny star patterns. The headlights will likely be connected to this faux radiator grille, just like on the EQS. The lower grilles should feature a curvy look that is common to all Mercs.

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The EQS SUV will likely come with a 22-inch wheel option, with lower variants settling for 20- or 21-inch wheels. Flush-fitting door handles should be part of the standard equipment. Unlike the standard version, the Maybach version, which is likely to be available even in two-tone paint options, should feature the wheel arch flares in the vehicle color.

At the rear, the EQS SUV won’t be upright like the GLS. It will have a modern crossover-like tailgate with a visibly forward-leaning windscreen. The bumper will house the license plate, and a light band in the place where you would find chrome trim on the GLS would connect the taillights, which will be relatively slimmer.

We got the first preview of the EQS SUV design in the near-production Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV concept on September 5, 2021. The silhouette and lights should be more or less the same, although the Maybach model’s lights themselves will likely look a little different and be slightly bigger in the production version.

Digital Light

Digital Light headlamps, which can project guide markings or warning symbols onto the road, should be available optionally. Expect them to have a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs each, with a combined resolution of more than 2.6 million pixels. These headlamps should work in conjunction with the navigation system and take hills into account when projecting anything onto the road. They will likely even add to the drama of the flagship SUV by giving a special light show to welcome and say farewell to the driver.

Tech-laden, sumptuous interior

The Mercedes EQS SUV interior would be remarkably different from the GLS or even the S-Class. Daimler would replicate the EQS sedan’s cabin with SUV-specific touches.

MBUX Hyperscreen

The Mercedes EQS SUV will feature the MBUX Hyperscreen, an optional highly digital dashboard that will debut in the sedan this year. A large, curved Gorilla Glass surface would stretch nearly the entire width and mount three displays (driver display, central display, and passenger display) beneath it. The central and passenger displays would be OLED units.

Mercedes EQS interior that previews the Mercedes EQS SUV interior
On the EQS, the MBUX Hyperscreen boasts an 8-core CPU, 24 GB RAM MBUX, and 46.6 GB memory bandwidth and stretches almost from pillar to pillar. Image Source: Daimler

The MBUX Hyperscreen, with its full-width (141 cm/55.5 in.), curved 3D glass cover, and the three flush-mounted displays blending seamlessly, brings a whole new in-car user experience. The central and passenger displays are OLED units. From entertainment to connectivity, navigation, massage, energy management, and more, almost every vehicle function is at the fingertips.

Introducing the MBUX Hyperscreen, Vera Schmidt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Digital Design, said that it is a “milestone” in combining analog and digital design. “For me, the Hyperscreen’s clear, minimalist design and strong anchor points make it intuitive and straightforward to use,” she said.

Mercedes EQS MBUX Hyperscreen Vera Schmidt
The complete instrument panel is an ultimate widescreen on the EQS, with seven different profiles allowing for customization. Image Source: Daimler

The MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment Plus package ensures chauffeured owners stay connected. It has two 11.6-inch displays comprising touch controls on the back of the two headrests. Optionally, the MBUX rear tablet is available.

HEPA filter

The EQS SUV will come with a large HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air), eliminating pollen, fine dust, and minute particles from the cabin. Special activated charcoals filter out nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and odors.

MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment Plus expected in the Mercedes EQS SUV
A variant of the MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment Plus is expected in the Mercedes EQS SUV. Image Source: Daimler

Augmented Reality Head-Up Display

Another visual highlight inside the is likely to be an AR-enabled head-up display, the display area of which may be equivalent to a screen measuring 77 inches diagonally. This might be an optional feature, with a smaller, non-AR HUD being the standard equipment.

Welcome function

Rear-seat passengers would also experience a highly digital interior, thanks to MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment Plus. In the EQS sedan, this feature consists of two 11.6-inch touchscreen panels mounted on the front seats’ backrests. The Hey Mercedes voice assistant will be operable from the rear as well. One can expect the availability of an MBUX rear tablet with downloadable Android apps.

If required or desired, the vehicle would even hold the driver’s door open. Moreover, the driver can extend this easy-entry function to the rear-seat occupants using MBUX and let in children while picking them up from a school. They can close the doors conveniently and with little physical movement by simply using a one-touch operation. It would be possible to activate or deactivate the welcome function.

Acoustic Comfort Package

To make the EQS the quietest Mercedes SUV ever, Daimler will likely extend its efforts to offer customers additional insulation measures with an Acoustic Comfort Package. With this package, customers should get an option to configure their EQS SUV with acoustically effective laminated windows and back glass, leading to reduced wind noise and ambient noise when the vehicle is in motion.

In the configurations checked with a panoramic sunroof, which may also be an optional feature, there should be enough noise reduction measures even without the Acoustic Comfort Package, such as wind deflectors, covers, and seals.

On the optional panoramic roof, various wind deflection measures (wind deflectors, covers, and seals with optimized geometry) ensure a high level of quiet running despite the large opening area of the roof.

Advanced climate control

With pre-entry climate control and Thermotronic automatic climate control, the Mercedes EQS SUV should offer excellent climate comfort in most situations the very second customers step inside it.

With pre-entry climate control, customers can set the departure time and desired cabin temperature in advance using the Mercedes me app or the vehicle’s central display. In the case of preheating, pre-entry climate control would extend to not only the interior air but also the seats.

Thermotronic automatic climate control is a four-zone automatic climate control system. The rear-seat occupants can separately set the temperature for their side using a dedicated climate control panel. Moreover, a sensor for air quality and harmful gases keeps a constant watch on the air quality outside the vehicle. It switches the system to recirculation mode if elevated pollutant levels outside are detected. An integrated activated carbon-based air filter should be standard.

Thermotronic will probably be an optional feature, and as standard, one can expect the Thermatic dual-zone automatic climate control system. It may also have an intelligent recirculation mode, but just not as good as that of Thermotronic.

Active Ambient Lighting

Energizing Comfort also uses Active Ambient Lighting to provide a better experience. Active Ambient Lighting changes the vehicle’s ambient lighting as per the current drive mode. Moreover, it gives color feedback when using the vehicle’s climate control system, voice assistant, or other features. That’s not all. It is integrated into the vehicle’s driver assistance systems to complement their alerts with visual warnings. This also should be an optional feature in the EQS SUV.

Energizing packages

Two optional packages, Energizing Package Front and Energizing Package Rear, should allow customers to configure their EQS SUV with various Energizing features for wellness-oriented Energizing features. Energizing Package Front may include Energizing Coach, Energizing Comfort, Air-Balance Package, Multi-Contour Seat Package, steering wheel heating, and driver and front passenger seat climate control. Energizing Package Rear may include Rear Seat Entertainment Plus, Rear Seat Comfort Package, and Rear Seat Package.

Burmester surround sound system

A 710-watt, 15-speaker Burmester surround system teamed up with the MBUX displays will likely ensure that the Mercedes EQS SUV is always ready to entertain customers, particularly the audiophiles, in the most engaging way possible. It would please comfort-focused customers who desire peace on the go and when using ‘Energizing Nature’ programs that play the calming sounds of nature (forest, sea, rain, etc.) for relaxing.

No virtual mirrors

Wagener has hinted that the Mercedes EQS SUV won’t feature digital exterior mirrors. The Audi e-tron was the world’s first mass-market model to feature virtual exterior mirrors, and now, the Audi e-tron Sportback is also available with the same. Wagner told Autocar that virtual exterior mirrors are more aerodynamically efficient, but they aren’t a smart idea. They eat up so much power that they don’t make sense, “especially on electric cars,” the world-renowned car designer said.

Dedicated BEV Platform

Daimler is developing the EQS SUV on a dedicated electric skateboard architecture called Electric Vehicle Architecture or just EVA in short that debuts on the EQS sedan. This platform allows an “exceptionally quiet ride” and clever interior packaging for more space in dimensions similar to or smaller than an equivalent combustion engine model.

A report from JESMB says that keeping the EQS SUV’s gross vehicle weight (GVW) under 3.5 tonnes (7716.18 pounds) was a challenge during the development. If a car’s GVW isn’t under 3.5 tonnes, customers in the European Union countries cannot drive it with the standard B category driving license for cars.

Mercedes-Benz EVA platform that will underpin the EQS SUV
EVA platform will spawn at least four Mercedes EQ pure electric models. Image Source: Daimler

Air suspension

The AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ should be standard in the Mercedes EQS SUV. At highway speeds, from around 120 km/h, the vehicle’s height is automatically reduced to lower air resistance and improve the range. How lower the vehicle becomes from around 120 km/h would depend on the drive mode selected. Comfort, Sport, Eco, and Individual (custom) are likely to be the available selections of drive mode. AIRMATIC should also keep the ground clearance of the vehicle constant no matter what the vehicle load is. It should be possible to raise the body with this air suspension at slow speeds.

Range & output

Daimler has confirmed that the motors of the EVA platform can generate up to 500 kW or 670 horsepower, drawing power from a battery pack with an energy storage capacity of up to 107.8 kWh (net/usable). As it is the flagship car, expect the Mercedes EQS SUV to boast the best possible figures. The EQS comes in 245-385 kW (328-516 hp) power variants and has a restricted, limited top speed of up to 210 km/h (130 mph).

Battery options

Expect two battery pack options, a standard-range unit with 10 cell modules and a 90 kWh usable energy content and an extended-range unit with 12 cell modules and 107.8 kWh usable energy content. The cell chemistry of both units should be optimized for sustainability. The content of scarce materials like nickel, cobalt, and manganese could be in a ratio of 8:1:1, meaning that cobalt content among the three elements may not be more than 10%.

In the EQS, the maximum possible range (WLTP) with the 107.8 kWh battery pack is 780 km or 485 miles. The range (WLTP) with the 90 kWh battery pack isn’t out yet. In the Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV announcement, Daimler confirmed that it has planned WLTP ranges of around 600 km (373 miles) for the Mercedes EQS SUV architecture. That would allow traveling non-stop from Munich to Berlin or LA to San Francisco.

Drivetrain layout to be used on the Mercedes EQS
In the AWD configurations, the rear motor would be more powerful than the front motor. Mercedes EQS pictured for reference. Image Source: Daimler

Rear-axle steering

According to a report from jesmb.de, the Mercedes EQS SUV’s maximum permissible trailer load will be 1,800 kg (3,968 pounds). It states that the sedan features rear-axle steering in two variants: 4.5° and 10°. The Mercedes EQS SUV would have rear-axle steering, perhaps in the same maximum angle options as the platform is shared.

Bidirectional charging capability

The Mercedes EQS SUV should be chargeable with up to 22 kW with AC using the onboard charger and 200 kW with DC at fast-charging stations. At fast-charging stations with 500 amperes, charging for 15 minutes may increase the range by around 300 km/186 miles (WLTP). The units sold in the USA and Europe should feature Combined Charging System or CCS, which allows plugging in AC and DC chargers via the same connection.

In Japan, the EQS SUV, like the EQS, should come with the Charge de Move or CHAdeMO charging system. Another exclusive for the units shipped to this market will likely be bidirectional charging support that allows customers to use their vehicle to provide electricity to the grid and power their homes.

Plug & Charge

Mercedes EQS SUV customers in the U.S. and Canada will likely benefit from Plug & Charge functionality at many charging stations. All that the customers would do to charge the electric SUV is open the flap and plug in the charger. The charging station would automatically identify the connected vehicle, and the supply would start flowing without further interactions. The preferred payment method saved in the ‘Mercedes me Charge’ app would automatically debit the payment for charging.

Once you arrive at the charging station, the brand new feature “Plug & Charge” simplifies the complete experience: Plug in, charge, unplug – just as easy. No authentication is required and the payment automatically runs in the background without any additional hassle or action. Plug & Charge will go live with the market launch of the EQS this year.

Sajjad Khan, Chief Technical Officer, Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)

The Plug & Charge functionality, which works on the ISO 15118 standard, will likely be available across the entire Electrify America DC fast charger network right from launch. For the EQS, Plug & Charge will go live with its market launch this year. ChargePoint and other DC charging networks may also offer the same convenience. Mercedes EQ customers will benefit from ChargePoint’s wide network of 60,000 public charging places in the U.S.

We have partnered with ChargePoint in the U.S. Together we will establish a new benchmark charging network with access to almost 60,000 public charging places nationwide through all relevant charging networks. And as an industry first, the additional integration of more than 60,000 semi-public chargers at shopping malls, hotels and workplaces make Mercedes me Charge the largest integrated network in the US – with just one account!

Sajjad Khan, Chief Technical Officer, Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)

Autonomous driving

The Mercedes EQS SUV should be technically ready for SAE Level 4 autonomous driving. New automated driving features should be progressively enabled with software upgrades at various stages during the vehicle’s lifecycle. One can expect the optional Drive Pilot feature to be available right from launch. In the case of EQS, Drive Pilot will allow the driver to delegate the task of driving to the vehicle at speeds of up to 60 km/h in areas where traffic density is high or in tailbacks on suitable highway sections, initially in Germany.

Remote Parking Assist for parking/unparking the vehicle via smartphone should also be available right from launch, while Automated Valet Parking may become available at a later stage.

Unmatched safety

The Mercedes EQS is likely to be among the safest electric luxury SUVs in the industry. Plenty of new-age active and passive safety features, including but not limited to the following, are expected on the bespoke electric SUV:

  • Belt airbag
  • Window airbag
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • Active Steering Assist
  • Traffic Sign Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Active Emergency Stop Assist
  • Attention Assist
  • Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function

Made in USA

Daimler plans to manufacture EVA platform models in Germany, China, and the United States. The EQS’ global production will take place at the Factory 56 plant located in Sindelfingen, Germany. The contract for the Mercedes EQE sedan’s global production has also gone to that German plant.

However, the global production of the Mercedes EQS SUV and Mercedes EQE SUV will take place in the USA, given the high demand forecast for premium electric utility vehicles from ‘legacy’ car companies and electric vehicle startups this decade in the local market.

In December 2020, Daimler announced that it plans to manufacture the Mercedes EQS SUV at the Tuscaloosa plant (Alabama) from 2022. The American factory produces the GLE, the GLE Coupe, and the full-size GLS. The company also plans to make the battery packs of the US-built Mercedes EQ SUV models locally. In the Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV announcement on September 5, 2021, the company reaffirmed that the Mercedes EQS SUV production is on track to begin in 2022.

To reach our goal until the end of the decade, we will need a capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours. Therefore, I’m happy to announce today that we will set up eight new gigafactories together with our partners around the world. One of the gigafactories will be set up in the U.S. to produce the majority of batteries for the cars and vans from our Tuscaloosa and Charleston plant.

Mercedes-Benz Cars COO and Daimler R&D head Markus Schafer (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)

Daimler has filed trademark applications for EQS 350, EQS 400, EQS 420, EQS 450, EQS 500, EQS 580, EQS 53, and EQS 63, and used some of these names. We expect the EQS SUV to have a similar variant series. For reference, the EQS range now includes an EQS 450+, an EQS 580 4MATIC, and an AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+.

Mercedes EQS SUV release date

The Mercedes EQS SUV premiered in its Maybach variant, albeit as a concept, at Daimler’s Media Night event on September 5, 2021. It is on display at IAA 2021(2021 Munich Motor Show) that opened on September 6, 2021, and will run through September 12, 2021.

Without revealing the exact timeline, Daimler has confirmed that it plans to unveil the Mercedes EQS SUV in 2022. German reports suggest that the company could introduce the flagship dedicated electric SUV in the first half of the year.

Next year we will present SUV versions of our EQE as well as of our EQS. All these cars will provide high range, first-class comfort and impressive dynamics.

Britta Seeger, BoM member – Marketing and Sales, Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)
EventMercedes EQS SUV release schedule
World PremiereEarly 2022
LaunchSpring 2022 (March-May 2022)
Delivery CommencementMid-2022 (June-August 2022)
Expected schedule of the Mercedes EQS SUV. The U.S. launch of the EQS SUV could precede global markets thanks to local production.

According to a report from German site JESMB, Daimler plans to take orders for the Mercedes EQS SUV from spring 2022 (March-May 2022). As per the German blog, production preparations for the Mercedes EQS SUV and the Mercedes EQE SUV that arrives later “are already in full swing.”

Mercedes EQS SUV price

The base Mercedes EQS four-door (450+ with 107.8 kWh) costs EUR 106,374.10 (approx. USD 125,000) in Germany. The price is expected at around USD 115,000 in the United States for the sedan. The locally-manufactured long-range EQS SUV’s prices in the U.S. is expected in the same region. If Mercedes plans to offer the 90 kWh battery pack, it would bring it closer to the USD 100,000 mark.

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Mercedes EQS SUV FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQS SUV release date & price?

The launch of the EQS SUV is to be held by mid-2022. Prices should start around USD 115,000 at launch.

What will be the Mercedes EQS SUV range?

The Mercedes EQS SUV range (EPA) is expected to fall between 320 and 350 miles.

What are the projected Mercedes EQS SUV rivals?

The Lucid Gravity & the Electric Hummer SUV would be the EQS SUV’s challengers in the United States.