Mercedes-Benz now launches an all-electric SUV based on your EQS sedan-powered sedan. The change is happening as the electric SUV market comes to the US, thanks to the launch of several models from different manufacturers. Jaguar, BMW and Audi have at least one electric crossover SUV on the market, with many more to come. Some of the best and most popular all-electric luxury SUVs include the Audi e-Tron, Jaguar i-Pace, BMW iX, etc.
Maserati also recently announced the Greek, the first all-electric SUV in the company’s history, while Stellantis unveiled earlier this year the design of its first all-electric Jeep to hit the market next year. As for Mercedes, the EQS is not the first SUV announced by the German driver, but it will be the first vehicle of this type of company to reach the North American market after the SUV EQC was postponed indefinitely. Meanwhile, the EQS SUV is part of the company’s plans to go all-electric in select markets by the end of this decade.
In a press release at the third fair, Mercedes-Benz said the EQS SUV is based on the EQS seat launched a year ago. However, the new model has a larger pen, a taller stature and more spacious interiors, with a capacity of up to seven people. The vehicle will be offered with two exhaust levels, including the premium 580 4MATIC version with two electric motors that produce 536 driven wheels and 633 pounds of torque. The other version is the 450+, which comes with a single rear-wheel drive motor with 355 wheels of power and 419 pounds of torque. Meanwhile, the EQS SUV presents a range of technologies, including the 56-inch Hyperscreen in the EQS seat, although it is only offered with the top end. With a 107.8 kWh battery and according to WLTP estimates, the SUV can go about 373 miles on a single charge.
To distinguish the SUV EQS from its seated brother, it will turn with one “Intelligent OFF-ROAD Driving Mode” that the company says it will optimize the distribution of human trafficking in the four wheels for “Dirt roads, slopes and terraces.” The vehicle also offers advanced snow and no ice, detects rotating wheels and adjusts the torque distribution accordingly.
The EQS SUV will be built in the US at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the US market and will be on sale by the end of 2022. Mercedes-Benz Pricing for the SUV EQS has not been disclosed, but online speculation suggests it will likely top US$100,000 like Tesla’s Model X. That’s to be expected, as the lower EQS seat already costs from US$102,000.