Introducing The New EQS SUV
Sibling to the innovative EQS Saloon, the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is the newest addition to Mercedes-EQ range following the launch of the ingenious EQE. In this post, we delve deeper into the EQS SUV and reveal the innovative and jaw-dropping technology before this all-electric masterpiece lands in our showrooms in early 2023.
Innovative and holistic design
The first all-electric premium SUV from Mercedes-EQ. The stunning design is based on a new vehicle architecture which differs from vehicles with combustion engines. At first glance, you’ll see a combination of the highest demands of functionality and aerodynamics with innovative aesthetics in the unmistakable purpose design.
The dynamic silhouette defines the side view of the luxury SUV and demonstrates its aerodynamic efficiency from afar. The round front end flows dynamically over the steeply raked A-pillar and continues through to the roof contour and the rear spoiler.
The C-pillar has been moved back to convey the spacious interior. The 20 – 22 inch large wheels compliments the vehicles muscular shoulder section to give the EQS SUV a sporty and powerful character.
The exterior mirrors now sit on the shoulder for aerodynamic and aeroacoustics reasons, and flush door handles are as standard. The service flap for washer fluid has also been integrated into the side of the left wing; the front bonnet is only used by the workshop for maintenance work.
Fully electric, surrounded by cutting-edge technology and luxury
Packed with state-of-the-art technology, the adaptive software comes with a zero layer design meaning users do not have to scroll through sub menus or give voice commands. The adaptive software makes personalised suggestions based on the user.
Here are some examples of when the user can accept or reject the respective suggestion with just one click:
- If the driver regularly used the hot stone massage function during winter, the system will learn this and will automatically suggest the comfort function for winter temperatures.
- The chassis of the EQS SUV can be raised to provide more ground clearance, for example when pulling onto a steep driveway. The MBUX system will remember the GPS position of where the user made use of the “Raise Vehicle” function. If the user approaches this GPS position again, MBUX will automatically suggest raising the EQS SUV.
“Hey Mercedes” now has the ability to explain vehicle functions and can help instruct the user where to find the first aid kit, or how to connect to Bluetooth. Alongside this, “Hey Mercedes” is able to recognise occupants using their voice and once it has learnt their characteristics, this can be used to access their personal data and functions by activating a profile.
The EQS SUV shares the same wheelbase as the EQS but is 20cm taller, giving passengers a generous amount of space inside. The second row of seats are electrically adjustable meaning the luggage compartment can be expanded from 645 liters up to 880 liters.
To put this into perspective, transporting 5 passengers, 24 crates of water, four golf bags, or all of your beach equipment is easy work for the EQS SUV. With the optional third row of seats, you still have 195 liters available allowing room for an extra suitcase or two.
With all of the seats folded down, the luggage compartment offers a spacious 2100 liters; perfect for transporting.
A range of up to 660 kilometres
The luxury SUV has an impressive range of up to 660 kilometres with an output of up to 400kW meaning it meets all of the requirements of an SUV in terms of power delivery. Alongside other Mercedes-EQ models, the EQS SUV offers several variants of intelligent energy recovery using regeneration.
The driver can select the deceleration in three levels: D+ (sailing), D (standard regeneration), D- (enhanced regeneration) via the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. As well as this, there is Dauto;. This form of regeneration operates in a gliding mode and is the most efficient and comfortable driving style.
When in Dauto mode and approaching an upcoming event, the instrument cluster integrated into the heads up display will instruct the driver to take their foot off the accelerator. Once the indication has been followed, the vehicle is decelerated with the greatest possible energy recovery rate until the vehicle comes to a standstill.
However, if there is another vehicle ahead, the driver does not need to operate the brake pedal, thus creating a one pedal driving experience. Up to 5 m/s² deceleration can be achieved, 3 m/s² of which by means of energy recovery.
4MATIC: limitless possibilities
4MATIC models are available with torque shift functions ensuring a flexible torque distribution between the two electric motors of the 4MATIC variants as required and with optimum efficiency. Based on the requirements, the torque distribution is regulated:
- Energy efficiency: When driving at a constant speed, an optimisation process determines the most efficient all-wheel-drive distribution in each case. The calculation takes into account that a permanent magnet synchronous machine can be switched off completely under certain conditions, which reduces the base load.
- Energy recovery power: Deceleration with the greatest possible energy recovery rate without overtaxing the grip of the wheels and thus endangering driving stability requires an adapted torque distribution. The energy recovery power of the versions with all-wheel drive is up to 290 kW. A high energy recovery rate increases the range.
- Traction/acceleration: Here, the operating strategy distributes the drive torques just as ideally between the two axles. When cornering firmly, the operating strategy enables stable and neutral handling.
- Snow and ice: For maximum traction and driving stability also on snow and ice, the operating strategy detects spinning wheels and adjusts the torque distribution accordingly. Since both motors are controlled independently of each other, torque can still be provided to the other axle even if traction is lost on one axle.
- Off-road: In the OFFROAD driving mode, the all-wheel-drive distribution is optimised for unpaved roads, inclines and terrain.
We're extremely excited to receive the EQS SUV here at our Mercedes-Benz South West dealerships as part of our all-electric range. As mentioned at the beginning of the post, the EQS SUV is scheduled to be available in the early part of 2023. We're sure you're just as excited as we are.
We're sure to release more information about the EQS SUV throughout the year, so make sure you keep an eye out on our website, social media channels and newsletters to stay up-to-date with the latest Mercedes-Benz South West news.