Mercedes Benz EQS SUV spied testing
Seems like Mercedes-Benz is testing out a new EQ family of electric vehicles. It’s a crossover Mercedes is currently referring to as “EQS SUV” and is likely to go on sale in 2022. The three-pointed star marque is also reportedly working on a Maybach version as well. The EQS SUV is an all-electric alternative for luxury SUVs such as the BMW X7 and the Range Rover. And these are the latest spy shots from a parking lot in South California.
Mercedes EQS SUV Design
This newly spied prototype has dropped the cladding under the camouflage wrap to give us a better look at the car’s lines. The SUV will have very clean surfacing with minimal creases in the doors and bonnet – presumably in the interest of aerodynamic efficiency.
In the front end, the EQS SUV will share the same black grille and C-shaped bumper intakes. It’s headlamps also have a similar triangular shape, although they’ve been enlarged to suit the car’s more bulbous styling.
Also, the Mercedes EQS SUV doesn’t have a engine and gearbox eating up space in the chassis. The brand’s engineers have pushed the windscreen towards the front wheels to make more space inside compared with the petrol and diesel powered GLS SUV.
Mercedes’s design chief, Gordon Wagener recently discussed the EQS and upcoming EQE SUV’s design brief with Auto Express, saying: “They will look different in a similar way as I describe the EQS. They will be more seamless, more integrated, more aerodynamic, more futuristic looking, so it will be a new type of SUV.”
The new SUV’s interior, which looks set to receive the same 55.5-inch Hyperscreen infotainment system as the EQS saloon. The system comprises a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 17.7-inch central touchscreen and, hiding underneath the cladding, we expect there’s a third 12.3-inch unit for the passenger.
New 2022 Mercedes EQS SUV: Powertrains & Performance
Mercedes is yet to confirm any technical details on the EQS SUV, but if it gets the same trims as the EQS luxury saloon, it will likely include the 329 hp EQS 450+ and the 516 hp EQS 580 4MATIC variants.
These EVs are all designed around Mercedes first dedicated EV platform, known as EVA (Electric Vehicle Architecture). It’s the familiar design and, depending on the model, will support a driving range approaching 400 miles on a charge.
One of the highlights of the EQS SUV will be its 478-mile electric range on a full charge, and there’s even a possibility that the numbers will reach up to 621.4 miles if it will adopt the new tech being developed for the Vision EQXX.
We could expect that EQS SUV starting somewhere from $2,00,000. We can also customize features in some models by giving some additional cost. As company does not announce the electric powertrain such as motor, transmission and performance of it, real world range, battery reliability, safety features, infotainment system and warranty as well as maintenance.
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