We’ve seen a concept of it, we’ve even already been for a ride in one, but the final production Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will finally be revealed later this month. We’d forgive you for being confused about the name, considering Mercedes has a sedan that also carries the EQS name. But the SUV is more than just a lifted sedan; our experience with some prototypes proved it’s more than capable off-road, too.
The EQS SUV is the third model to build on Mercedes’ expanding lineup based on its new modular EVA2 architecture, stretching it to fit up to seven people inside. A 107.8 kWh battery pack will power two motors, one on each axle, though we also expect a single-motor, rear-wheel drive model to go on sale later.
An air suspension with electronically adaptive dampers will be standard, and the SUV will employ the brand’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with various specific off-road scenarios to improve the driving experience (on the dual-motor version). The two-motor version that will launch first is anticipated to get up to 340 miles of range.
Inside, Mercedes’ familiar 56-inch “Hyperscreen” touchscreen interface is available as an option, otherwise you’ll get a 17-inch screen to control navigation, infotainment, and the Dolby Atmos sound system. Another 12.3-inch screen sits in front of the driver. The SUV will also get a slightly updated version of the MBUX user interface, with improved “Hey, Mercedes” prompts and feedback from the digital assistant programmed into the system.
Other than that, we know the SUV won’t be getting a front-trunk area for storage, like the rest of the EQ-lineup, instead saving that space for HVAC and other vehicle componentry, which would otherwise eat into the cabin space. Visually, expect the EQS SUV to be near-identical to its sedan sibling.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will debut online Tuesday, April 19 at 6:00 a.m. ET, joining the EQS sedan it shares a wheelbase with, and the smaller mid-size EQE all-electric sedan.
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