Mercedes-Benz has increased their tally of all-electric SUVs with the launch of their new EQS SUV, first versions of which will arrive here in the first quarter of 2023.
Its introduction sees it share space with the existing all-electric EQS saloon and the conventionally powered S-Class on the upper tier of the Mercedes-Benz model range.
As might be expected, the new EQS SUV is equipped with all of the advanced features and characteristics found in its two siblings save for the option of an additional third row of seating that boosts passenger carrying up to seven persons.
Distinctly Mercedes-Benz, the newcomer echoes EQS in its features and appointments, housed within a design that sees the subtle coming-together of muscular power and timeless elegance.
Inside, its extra headroom gives it a more spacious, airier feel. Tech elements, trim levels, passenger comfort and safety provisions compare to those of its siblings in terms of functionality with materials and fit-and-finish of an expected high standard.
At the top end, an eye-catching dash-mounted infotainment Hyperscreen is a dominant feature. Other welcome inclusions are a large stowage compartment below the centre console and a predominance of other useful storage spaces.
Three variants are offered: an EQS 450 (in rear wheel and all-wheel drive formats) and an EQS 580 4MATIC all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles).
Powering both are Mercedes-Benz’s own-manufactured batteries with a claimed ‘better charging’ performance and ‘significantly higher’ energy density.
Helped by its lightweight components and Cd value from 0.20, the EQS SUV has an operating range of up to 660 kms (WLTP) and a power output of up to 400 kW.
Electrical consumption is 23-18.6kWh/100km (for the 450+) and 24-20kWh/100km (for the 580 4MATIC+). Available fast-charging systems include one that delivers an extra 250kms (WLTP) power in just 15 minutes.
Featured on all-wheel drive versions is an off-road drive mode that raises the suspension and alters the powertrain’s behaviour. Adjustable air suspension and a rear-axle steering system are standard.
In addition to its numerous infotainment features and options, the EQS SUV comes with a mix of goodies that includes wireless device connectivity; standard and optional driver-assistance tech; lane-keeping assist; blind-spot monitoring; collision prevention systems; and warnings and automated interventions that protect against unintended hazards.
Commenting, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland said: “the EQS SUV will be a welcome addition to our model line-up, ideal for that high-end clientele whose requirements are for a vehicle that combines deluxe driving and surprising agility with deep-down power and off-road performance.”
Prices will be available closer to its arrival here. “Nonetheless, it is likely they will fall near to or north of EQS and S-Class models,” he added.