Update: ‘Individual Design,’ ‘Tech-laden, sumptuous interior’ and ‘Specifications’ sections updated.
Nearly a year after the Mercedes EQS sedan, the Mercedes EQS SUV has made its world premiere as its high-riding alternative. The SUV further ups the ante in the full-size segment with more capability and new features. Here’s everything we know about the EQS SUV:
Unlike the Mercedes EQA and the Mercedes EQB, the Mercedes EQS SUV isn’t a modified version of an ICE vehicle (GLS SUV) with a closed fascia. A new model designed from the ground up, the EQS SUV looks dynamic with proportions that are not possible for a combustion engine product. The EQS SUV measures 201.8 in. in length, 77.1 in. in width, and 67.6 in. in height. It has the same wheelbase as the EQS – 126.4 inches.
In the words of Mercedes-Benz Group’s Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener, the EQS SUV is “more seamless, more integrated, more aerodynamic, more futuristic looking,” as per an Auto Express report. Compared to the GLS (0.32 Cd), the EQS SUV’s drag coefficient is significantly lower – 0.20 Cd.
The Mercedes EQS SUV has a sleek silhouette, more sci-fi front and rear lights connected via a full-width light stripe, low-profile bumpers, and a black closed-off upper grille. A low ground clearance, short length, low height, sloping roofline, and a steeply angled back glass give it a sporty stance and the complete identity of an electric vehicle.
The black panel unit serving as a faux radiator grille features customizable a 3D star pattern as a reference to the original star of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft company. The black panel surface would not only be a piece of decor but also neatly hide the vehicle’s various sensors (radar, ultrasound, and camera) required for its driver assistance systems.
As on the EQS sedan, the A-pillar is steeply raked for a generous passenger compartment. The overhangs and the front-end are short and the rear smoothly rounded, in what design moguls call a cab-forward design. The Mercedes EQS SUV sport headlights with a DRL featuring three small triangles below a straight line.
On the sides, the EQS SUV’s C-pillar lies far back, highlighting its spacious interior. 22-inch wheels, a muscular shoulder section, and standard flush door handles are among the highlights. Also worth noting is the location of the service flap for wiper fluid, integrated into the side of the left fender. Unlike the standard SUV, the 2023 Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV, 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 isn’t upright like the GLS. It has a modern crossover-like tailgate with a visibly forward-leaning windscreen. The detailing of the rear lights is in the form of a curved 3D helix, just like in the EQS. Instead of a chrome trim like on the GLS, there’s a narrow light band bridging the lights to endow the SUV with sci-fi and sophisticated styling.
Digital Light headlamps, which can project guide markings or warning symbols onto the road, are standard. They have a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs each, with a combined resolution of more than 2.6 million pixels. These headlamps work in conjunction with the navigation system and take hills into account when projecting anything onto the road. There’s a light band between these headlamps, and that, too, is part of the standard equipment in the U.S.
Mercedes-AMG EQS SUV
Like the GLS, the EQS SUV should be available in a spiced-up AMG variant in 2023. The AMG EQS SUV could sport an exclusive black panel grille with hot-stamped vertical struts in chrome and integrated “AMG” branding, the AMG-typical “A-wing” air dam, high-gloss black front splitter with chrome trim, and side air intakes with flics and fins, with air curtains featuring chrome trim. 23-inch wheels in a distinctive design, colored brake calipers, and high gloss-black AMG side sills may spruce up the styling of the side profile. At the rear, expect an apron featuring a diffuser with longitudinal fins and a larger rear spoiler (compared to the regular EQS SUV).
Tech-laden, sumptuous interior
The Mercedes EQS SUV interior is remarkably different from the GLS and the S-Class. Mercedes-Benz Group has replicated the EQS sedan’s sensational cabin with SUV-specific touches.
The Mercedes EQS SUV features the MBUX Hyperscreen, an optional highly digital dashboard that debuted in the EQS. A large, curved Gorilla Glass surface stretches nearly the entire width, and there are three displays (driver display, central display, and passenger display) behind it. The central and passenger displays are OLED units.
The MBUX Hyperscreen, with its full-width (56-inch), curved 3D glass cover, and the three flush-mounted displays blending seamlessly, brings a whole new in-car user experience. Almost every vehicle function is at the fingertips, from entertainment to connectivity, navigation, massage, energy management, and more.
The 12.3-inch OLED passenger display allows playing video content on the go, and it automatically dims if the driver is looking at it while at that time. With the future of mobility set to become gradually autonomous, carmakers are developing various forms of in-car entertainment, while also focusing on safety.
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.
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.
EQS SUV customers will be able to choose from seven different color combinations. It features a blend of traditional materials like fine leather and genuine wood and innovative materials like hybrid trim made from magnolia and stainless steel. The wood has tiny holes shaped like the brand logo laser-cut into it, with a steel sheet pressed into them from behind.
Premium first- and second-row seats
The driver and front passenger seats are fully electrically adjustable and feature a memory function as standard. 4-way lumbar support, heating, luxury headrest, and ventilation are standard as well. Multicontour front seats with massage functions are optional.
The second-row seats feature an electrically adjustable backrest with a 40:20:40 folding split, electric fore/aft adjustment (by 5 inches), and luxury headrests as standard. Premium rear armrests and seat heating are optional.
The Mercedes EQS SUV will be available in 5- and 7-seat versions, with the latter featuring individual third-row seats. The second-row seats feature 5-inch forward and backward electric adjustment as standard in the U.S. Their backrests include a reclining function, which allows moving them by 14 degrees to the front and 4 to the rear. In the five-seat version, the luggage compartment can be expanded from 22.7 cu. ft. to 31 cu. ft.
Depending on the seating layout, the Mercedes EQS SUV has cargo space for up to four golf bags. The 5-seat version offers a trunk capacity of up to 74.2 cubic feet, and the 7-seat version offers 71.3 cubic feet. There’s 6.8 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seats. A standard Easy Entry function allows easily accessing the third-row seats by moving the backrest forward beyond the usual adjustment range by up to a total of 11.4 in. Third-row seating heating is optional.
|First-row Headroom (with sliding sunroof)||40.7 in.|
|Second-row Headroom (with sliding sunroof)||40.7 in.|
|Third-row Headroom||35.4 in.|
|Second-row Knee Room||32.7-37.8 in.|
|Trunk Capacity||Up to 74.2 cu. ft. (5-seater)/71.3 cu. ft.|
The Mercedes EQS SUV comes with a feature called Energizing Air Control Plus, which keeps the cabin clear of fine particulates, pollen, and other contaminants using active carbon through a HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter).
The HEPA filter resides under the aluminum hood of the SUV. Measuring 23/16/2 inches and having a volume of almost three gallons, the filter reduces pollutants in the incoming outside air, making it comparable to a level of a clean home and operating room. It would carry the OFI CERT” ZG 250-1 certification for virus and bacteria protection. The hood remains locked, and in case of a requirement to open it, say to replace the air filter, only a technician at an authorized service station would be able to do it.
Mercedes-Benz has come up with a new scent called No.6 MOOD mimosa, especially for its flagship electric SUV. The new scent has an earthy fragrance mixed with subtly sensual hints.
Augmented Reality Head-Up Display
Another visual highlight is an AR-enabled head-up display, the display area of which is equivalent to a screen measuring 77 inches diagonally. This is an optional feature, with a smaller, non-AR HUD being the standard equipment.
Second-row 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 is operable from the rear as well. One can expect the availability of an MBUX rear tablet with downloadable Android apps.
Acoustic Comfort Package
To make the EQS the quietest Mercedes SUV ever, Mercedes-Benz Group extends its efforts to offer customers additional insulation measures with an Acoustic Comfort Package. With this package, customers get an option to configure their EQS SUV with acoustically effective laminated windows, leading to reduced wind noise and ambient noise when the vehicle is in motion.
A panoramic sunroof is a standard in the U.S.-spec EQS SUV, and for this feature, there are enough noise reduction measures, such as wind deflectors, covers, and seals with improved geometry.
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.
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 second-row 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 is standard. In the 7-seat version, Thermotronic is a 5-zone automatic climate control system.
Thermotronic is an optional feature, and as standard, the EQS SUV has the Thermatic dual-zone automatic climate control system. Both systems have an intelligent recirculation mode, but nothing beats the Thermotronic. A sensor continuously monitors the quality of the outside air coming into the cabin and automatically switches to recirculation mode if it finds abnormally high levels of harmful gases or a low level of air quality.
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.
Two optional packages allow customers to configure their Mercedes EQS SUV with various Energizing features for wellness-oriented Energizing features. The first is Energizing Package, which includes Energizing Comfort, Energizing Coach, and Air-Balance Package. The second is Energizing Package Plus, which adds the Front Multicontour Seat Package, driver and front passenger seat climate control, and steering wheel heating.
Sound system with Dolby Atmos
As standard, the sound system of the Mercedes EQS SUV features Dolby Atmos, a spatial audio technology that adds more space, depth, and clarity to the music to give listeners an immersive experience. Moreover, like the EQS, it can 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 relaxation.
No virtual mirrors
As Wagener had hinted, the Mercedes EQS SUV doesn’t feature digital exterior mirrors. The Audi e-tron was the world’s first mass-market model to feature virtual exterior mirrors. 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
Mercedes-Benz Group has developed the EQS SUV on a dedicated electric skateboard architecture called Electric Vehicle Architecture or just EVA that debuted in 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 Mercedes 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.
Air suspension & Offroad mode
The AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ is standard in the Mercedes EQS SUV. Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual (custom), and Offroad are 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.
The driver can raise the body by 1 inch at speeds below 37 mph, and once the vehicle reaches above 43 mph, the suspension automatically lowers back to the normal level. In the Comfort and Sport modes, the body lowers down by 10 and 15 mm, respectively, at speeds above 68 mph. However, once the speed reduces to below 50 mph, the body level gets back to normal.
The Offroad mode, usable with or without ESP, raises the vehicle by 25 mm. The vehicle lowers back to normal on reaching above 50 mph, but on decelerating to below 31 mph, it raises again.
Mercedes-Benz Group 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 the Mercedes EQS SUV is the flagship car, it boasts the best possible outputs.
The Mercedes EQS SUV comes in 265-400 kW (355-536 hp) power variants and has a restricted, limited top speed of up to 210 km/h (130 mph). At launch, two variants will be available in the U.S., namely EQS SUV 450+ and EQS SUV 580 4MATIC.
|Aspect\Specification||EQS SUV 450+||EQS SUV 580 4MATIC|
|Output||265 kW (355 hp)||400 kW (536 hp)|
|Torque||568 Nm (419 lb.-ft.)||858 Nm (633 lb.-ft.)|
A 107.8 kWh battery pack with up to 12 cell modules consisting of pouch or hardcase cells enables the motor(s) of the EQS SUV. The cell chemistry is optimized for sustainability. Mercedes-Benz says that the content of scarce materials like nickel, cobalt, and manganese in the cell of the EQS SUV’s batteries is in a ratio of 8:1:1. The cobalt content in these cells is just around 10%.
|Aspect\Specification||EQS SUV 450+||EQS SUV 580 4MATIC|
|Battery Pack Type||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion|
|Battery Pack Energy Content||107.8 kWh (net)||107.8 kWh (net)|
|WLTP Range (Expected)||536-660 km (333-410 miles)||507-613 km (315-381 miles)|
|EPA Range||To Be Announced||To Be Announced|
Depending on the variant, the 107.8 kWh battery pack will provide a WLTP range (expected) of up to 660 km (410 miles). The maximum EPA-est. range could be around 325 miles, though.
Like the EQS, the Mercedes EQS SUV could be more efficient than what the EPA certification states. Edmunds managed to achieve a range of 422 miles, well over the EPA-est. figure of 350 miles, in an EQS 450+ driven in a real-world EV range loop. A positive difference of 72 miles or roughly 21% is a big deal in the EV world, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the EQS SUV also over-delivers. Edmunds notes that it would cost just USD 13.55 for the whole trip if the car was charged in Washington, and USD 44.70, if the test was conducted in Hawaii.
The Mercedes EQS SUV features rear-axle steering in two variants: 4.5° and 10°. The rear-axle steering with a steering angle of 10° is standard in the U.S., and it can reduce the turning circle from 39 to 36 feet.
Bidirectional charging capability
The Mercedes EQS SUV is chargeable with up to 9.6 kW (USA) 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 can increase the WLTP range by 250 km (155 miles). The units sold in the USA will feature Combined Charging System or CCS, which allows plugging in AC and DC chargers via the same connection.
|Aspect\Specification||EQS SUV 450+||EQS SUV 580 4MATIC|
|On-board Charger||11/22 kW (USA: 9.6 kW)||11 kW/22 kW (USA: 9.6 kW)|
|AC Charging Time, 3-phase (11/22 kW)||5/10 hours (USA: 11.5 hours)||5/10 hours (USA: 11.5 hours)|
|DC Charging Capacity||200 kW||200 kW|
|DC Charging Time||31 minutes||31 minutes|
|15-minute DC Charging Range (WLTP)||250 km (155 miles)||To Be Announced|
In Japan, the Mercedes EQS SUV, like the EQS, will come with the Charge de Move or CHAdeMO charging system. Another exclusive for the units shipped to this market is bidirectional charging support that allows customers to use their vehicles to provide electricity to the grid (with V2G) and power their homes (with V2H).
Mercedes-Benz says that EQS SUV customers in the U.S. will be able to use the Electrify America DC Fast Charging for two years for free. Customers will get unlimited 30-minute sessions via Mercedes me Charge from activation of the service for free.
Plug & Charge
Mercedes EQS SUV customers in the U.S. will 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, former Chief Technical Officer, Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)
The Plug & Charge functionality, which works on the ISO 15118 standard, will be available across the entire Electrify America DC fast charger network right from launch. 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, former Chief Technical Officer, Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)
Mercedes-Benz is the world’s first automotive company that has received internationally valid system approval for an SAE Level 3 autonomous driving system. The company will start offering Drive Pilot in the S-Class by June. German customers will be able to experience Drive Pilot first, and American and Chinese customers could be next in line.
Drive Pilot can control the vehicle’s speed and distance, and guide the vehicle within its lane. It can understand events occurring on the route and traffic signs and take the required actions. It can also react to unexpected traffic situations, e.g. by evasive maneuvers or braking. LiDAR sensor, a camera in the rear window and microphones, a wetness sensor, and various other technologies work in harmony for the autonomous driving functions. Together with the satellite navigation system’s data for the route, the sensors help create an HD map for a 3D street and environment image.
The Mercedes EQS SUV is 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 (37 mph) 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 will also be available right from launch, while Automated Valet Parking will become available at a later stage.
The Mercedes EQS SUV 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, will be available in the bespoke electric SUV:
- Window airbags (standard)
- Driver’s side knee airbag
- Evasive Steering Assist
- Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC (standard)
- Active Steering Assist
- Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function
- Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function
- Parking Package with a surround-view camera (standard)
- Acoustic presence indicator (standard)
Mercedes held the EQS SUV press drives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the brand has a manufacturing plant. According to Motor1.com, the electric SUV isn’t huge and measures between the GLE and the GLS SUVs in length. Where the EQS SUV trumps the EQS sedan, is the off-roading capability. The off-road mode raises ride height, displays front, and 360-degree views, and presents a plethora of off-road data on the screens, says Motor1.com.
In terms of ride quality, the SUV matches the suppleness of the sedan thanks to standard adaptive air suspension. According to CNET, the suspension isolates passengers from the road undulations exceptionally well.
Kyle Conner from YouTube channel Out of Spec Reviews was driven in an EQS SUV by Holger Enzmann, who is responsible for the EVA2 platform’s project management development and overall vehicle construction. Conner found its off-road capability impressive because of how easily and comfortably it tackled the challenges on the trail. He felt this was the most comfortable way to reach a mountain house.
Conner said that the Mercedes EQS SUV’s most impressive thing is that it feels like the EQS (sedan), more comfortable than upcoming electric off-roaders from all other companies, including Rivian, that he has experienced. During a straight-line acceleration, Conner also noted that the GLS SUV’s zero-emission alternative has “a solid torque curve the whole way,” although a minor vibration is noticeable compared to the EQS because it rides higher.
Spades of torque
On the other hand, Autocar drove the EQS 580 in Sweden on the ice at the brand’s winter testing facility. There’s a generous deployment of torque that delivers a thrilling response when the throttle pedal is floored. Autocar also mentions that the electric SUV has impressive roll-on acceleration, and there’s an effortless demeanor to its drivability. Thanks to its 4MATIC AWD and a well-tuned suspension set-up, the vehicle was stable on ice.
Made in the USA
Mercedes-Benz Group plans to manufacture EVA platform models in Germany, China, and the United States. The EQS sedan’s global production takes 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 be in the United States, 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, Mercedes-Benz Group announced that it plans to manufacture the Mercedes EQS SUV at the Tuscaloosa plant (Alabama, USA) 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 U.S.-built Mercedes EQ SUV models locally. Production of the batteries will take place in Bibb County, which is only 7 miles away from the Tuscaloosa plant. Dura Automotive Systems’ 200,000-sq.-ft. factory in Muscle Shoals (Colbert County, Alabama) will supply the battery enclosures required for Mercedes-Benz EVs made in Tuscaloosa.
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 this year.
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 Mercedes-Benz Group R&D head Markus Schafer (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)
Bernie Glaser, the director of product management at Mercedes-Benz USA, has hinted to CarBuzz that the EQS could become the S-Class when Mercedes becomes an all-electric company. We don’t see a reason for the EQS SUV and GLS SUV not merging into a single model when that transition occurs next decade.
Mercedes EQS SUV Price & Release Date
In the internal combustion engine vehicle line-up, the U.S.-built Mercedes GLS (USD 77,850 onwards) is cheaper than its sedan counterpart, the German-made Mercedes S-Class (USD 111,100 onwards).
However, don’t expect the Mercedes EQS SUV to come in considerably cheaper than the EQS. The prices of the Mercedes EQS, which is an imported model in the U.S., start at USD 102,310 and go up to USD 125,310. We expect that the locally-manufactured Mercedes EQS SUV’s prices would fall in the USD 105,000-130,000 bracket.
The Mercedes EQS SUV will arrive in the American market in the second half of the year.
Mercedes EQS SUV FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQS SUV release date & price?
The U.S. launch of the EQS SUV is to be held later this year. Prices should start around USD 105,000 at launch.
What will be the Mercedes EQS SUV range?
The Mercedes EQS SUV range (EPA) is expected to be around 325 miles.