The next member of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ family has been caught inside and out. Dubbed the EQS SUV, this is the first of two crossovers on the brand’s dedicated battery-electric vehicle architecture called EVA. Like the EQS sedan, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is curvy and its headlights are connected to a closed grille just like its low-slung sibling. A higher roofline highlights the EQS SUV’s utilitarian nature and should offer more practicality than the sedan.
Like most all-electric crossovers, the EQS SUV is low to the ground. That’s likely to keep the center of gravity down, preventing the car from feeling top-heavy when you’re driving since the battery is mounted under the passenger compartment. An air suspension will likely be standard to enable the EQS SUV to raise or lower itself and provide additional ground clearance for driving on gravel rot unpaved roads.
The EQS SUV’s interior is eerily similar to the EQS sedan’s because it features Mercedes’ slick new MBUX Hyperscreen. This turns the dash into 56 inches’ worth of curved display real estate, housing a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12.3-inch passenger screen, and a 17.7-inch main OLED touch screen. Like in the EQS sedan, the MBUX Hyperscreen should feature natural language understanding, biometric authentication, seven user profiles, and AI data processing that learns your usage habits.
Unlike the EQS sedan, which is available in single- or dual-motor configurations, the EQS SUV will likely be offered only with the latter. The EQS 450+ SUV will serve as the base model while the EQS 580 SUV should be the range-topping model until Mercedes adds an AMG variant with over 600 hp to compete against the Tesla Model X Performance. Charging times should be the same as the EQS sedan. That should allow the EQS SUV to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes or gain 183 miles in 15 minutes using a level 3 DC charger according to the WLTP cycle.