Mercedes-Benz EQS Electric SUV
The Mercedes-Benz EQS electric SUV looks set to become the largest EV on sale – and it's been given the green light for Australia.
Move over Tesla; the EQS is about to make the Model X look tiny.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV highlights:
- Power and range. The range-opening EQS 450+ has 265kW available and 568Nm. Mercedes says the WLTP-standard distance it can travel is between 536km and 660km. An EQS 450 4MATIC has the same power but comes with a hefty 800Nm of torque and the ability to travel somewhere between 507km and 613km. Finally, the top of the line EQS 580 4MATIC has a spicy 400kW and 858Nm, with a similar sort of range.
- RWD or AWD. You can buy an EQS as an all-wheel drive with dual motors or as a rear-wheel drive with one.
- Off-road mode. On top of the normal driving modes you'd expect from a car like the EQS, you'll also have an off-road terrain setting. Mercedes points out this is for taking on "light" terrain. Interestingly, the EQS has rear-axle steering to reduce the SUV's turning circle by up to 90cm. Later, an OTA update will see more steering angle unlocked for those that want it.
- Luxury electric SUV. As you'd expect from a brand noted for its premium cars, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a luxury SUV. That's reflected in features like personalised infotainment suggestions and an interior material that's designed to mimic nubuck leather (there'll be an optional pack that sees those replaced by proper nappa leather seats). Continuously adjusting air suspension should ensure that the EQS ride is soft and compliant. A Dolby Atmos audio system lets the driver split music tracks into separate areas of the cabin, creating a unique listening sensation.
- Giant "hyperscreen". An optional extra, the MBUX hyperscreen apparently stretches nearly the full width of the dash. Like most modern vehicles, it's curved and it features 3 displays. It's possible for the front passenger to watch what Mercedes calls "dynamic content" while the EQS is moving. That's because if the car detects the driver is watching, it'll dim the screen.
- AI-powered infotainment. The AI will make suggestions to the driver to help them be as comfortable as possible and, using GPS, can even remember where the driver previously raised the ride height. The car will also make sure you never forget your wedding anniversary again thanks to built-in reminders.
- Over-the-air (OTA) updates. Like many carmakers, Mercedes has integrated OTA updates into the EQS, meaning new features can be installed wirelessly down the line. Specifically mentioned were trailer manoeuvring assist (which, on other Mercs, handles steering duties while reversing below 5km/h when towing) and the intriguingly-named MBUX augmented reality navigation. It's been on other Benz models for a while and it overlays navigation directions onto a front camera view. It reminds us of playing a driving video game, but it will definitely come in handy.
- CO2 neutral assembly. Mercedes states that the EQS is "produced in a completely CO2-neutral way". It's all part of the brand striving towards zero emissions by 2039. This is achieved thanks to measures like an energy-efficient factory, collecting rainwater and even going as far as replacing diesel forklifts with hydrogen-powered units. Mercedes has also asked its suppliers to join in with its aspirations, requiring them to sign an "Ambition" agreement. If you delve deep enough into the press release, there's heaps of info about how much recycled materials Benz is using, too.
- 7 seats, 3 rows. The EQS is one of only a handful of electric SUVs capable of carrying 7 occupants, thanks to a third row of seats. The third row is an optional extra.
- Heaps of interior room. Mercedes knows its target market well. The press release indicates there's enough space for 4 golf bags in the boot, which is pretty impressive and will come in handy if you're giving your mates a lift to the course.
What will the Mercedes-Benz EQS cost in Australia?
There's no word yet on pricing for the EQS in Australia, but we do believe it is coming to Oz. It'll definitely be well into 6 figures, given it's a luxury flagship electric SUV.
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