Mercedes-Benz Unveils it’s First All-Electric SUV, the EQS

The new EQS SUV1: the main points at a glance

With the luxury EQS sedan and the sporty executive EQE sedan, Mercedes-Benz has entered a new, all-electric era in the upper market segments. The EQS SUV, the third model series with this architecture developed for electric vehicles, will soon follow. The SUV offers plenty of space, comfort, and connectivity for up to seven passengers in its avant-garde, luxurious interior. Thanks to powerful electric motors, responsive 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and an intelligent OFFROAD driving mode, the EQS SUV is capable of tackling light terrain with ease.

The new EQS SUV shares its long wheelbase (126.4 inches) with the EQS Sedan but is over 7.8 inches higher than the sedan. The dimensions in detail: 201.8/77.1/67.6 inches (length/width2/height3). The interior dimensions benefit from these generous SUV dimensions and from the advantages of the purpose design tailored to the electric platform. The second row of seats can be electrically adjusted as standard. Up to four golf bags are able to fit in the trunk. The third row of seats with two additional individual seats and extensive comfort features for all passengers are available as an optional extra.

The EQS Sedan is the current aerodynamics world champion for production cars4. Its purpose design with a smooth underbody and usually closed radiator shutter was a good starting point for aerodynamic measures on the EQS SUV. The optimization of SUV-typical flow details led to a unique combination of spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency.

Increasing Efficiency

All EQS SUVs have an electric drive train (eATS) on the rear axle, and the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS on the front axle. In the 4MATIC models, the Torque Shift function ensures intelligent, continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors and thus the use of the most efficient eATS in each case. The electric motors on the front and rear axles are permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM). The advantages of this design include high power density, high efficiency, and high power constancy.

The chassis of the new EQS SUV has a four-link axle at the front and an independent multilink suspension at the rear. The AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ is standard equipment. Moreover, you can raise the vehicle level by several centimeters. In addition to the DYNAMIC SELECT modes ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, and INDIVIDUAL, the 4MATIC versions feature OFFROAD, a further mode for off-road driving. Rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to 10 degrees is also standard. It provides plenty of maneuverability in the city and agility over land.

Electric Charging

Mercedes me Charge1 is one of the largest charging networks worldwide: it currently comprises around 700,000 AC and DC charging points worldwide, of which more than 60,000 are in the U.S. Since 2021, Mercedes-Benz has ensured a subsequent offset with green electricity when customers use Mercedes me Charge to charge their cars in Europe and the U.S. High-quality guarantees of origin ensure that as much green power from renewable energies is fed into the grid as is withdrawn via Mercedes me Charge. The new Mercedes me Charge function Plug & Charge makes charging the EQS SUV at public charging stations that support Plug & Charge even more convenient.

Navigation with Electric Intelligence plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops, based on numerous factors and reacts dynamically to traffic jams or a change in driving style. This includes a visual overview of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system showing whether the battery charge is sufficient to return to the starting point without charging. In addition, charging stations along the route in which the driver adds manually have a preference in the route calculation. Proposed charging stations can be excluded. The estimated charging costs per charging stops are calculated.

Smart Technology

With ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus, Mercedes-Benz thinks holistically about air quality in the EQS SUV. The system is based on filtration, sensors, a display concept, and air conditioning. The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter has a very high filtration level. It can trap fine particles, microparticles, pollen, and other substances entering the outside air.

With intelligent software, MBUX fully adapts to its users. It can personalize suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions. With the MBUX zero layer, the most important applications are always on the topmost level within the field of vision, according to situation and context.

Interior

The highlight of the interior is the MBUX Hyperscreen (standard for the 580 4MATIC). This large, curved screen unit spans almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. Three screens sit under a common cover glass and merge visually. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own display and control area. In Europe, and in a growing number of countries, the front seat passenger is also able to watch dynamic content. That’s while the vehicle is on the move. This is because Mercedes-EQ is able to rely on an intelligent, camera-based blocking logic. If the camera detects that the driver is looking at the passenger display, the system automatically dims the dynamic content.

Sound System

The Dolby Atmos sound system® takes the audio experience in the EQS SUV to a new level. Drivers can place individual instruments or voices of the studio mix all around the listening area. This technology is allowing a new kind of sound animation to become possible. This is because while conventional stereo systems usually have a left-right dynamic, Dolby Atmos® can use the entire area. Therefore, creating a 360-degree experience.

Safety

The principles of Integral Safety, in particular accident safety, apply regardless of the platform. Like all other Mercedes-Benz models, the EQS SUV has a rigid passenger cell, special deformation zones, and modern restraint systems. In addition, a new feature from Mercedes-Benz is what is the occupant presence reminder. This system can help to indicate if any children may have been overlooked in the rear of the vehicle.

Mercedez-Benz Sustainability Goals

The EQS SUV, Mercedes-Benz is taking a major step toward zero-emission mobility. The manufacturer is moving a step closer to fulfilling Ambition 2039. The model is produced in a completely CO2-neutral way. Moreover, the EQS SUV puts real solutions for emission-free mobility, intelligent resource conservation, and responsible circular economy on the road.

Source: Mercedes-Benz