The Mercedes EQS SUV does bulky beauty the right way

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its latest electric offering, the EQS SUV – a state-of-the-art seven-seater that proves that large electric vehicles can still pass the eyesight test.

Designed as the battery-powered alternative to the brand’s GLS combustion engine and big brother to its (excellent) luxury EQS sedanThe EQS SUV will mark Mercedes’ biggest electric car to date and is expected to hit showrooms before the end of 2022.

We’ll dive into the specs of the EV below, but the long story is that it’s essentially a slightly taller (read: family) version of the EQS, which means drivers can expect plenty of plush trim and stellar performance with the welcome. addition of two additional seats.

The EQS SUV also benefits from its resemblance to the standard EQS in the looks department. Unlike other bulky electric vehicles announced in recent months – the BMW XM being the most monstrous example – The latest Mercedes emphasizes curves rather than chrome to maintain the unassuming elegance of the EQS.

Those unconvinced by the latter’s shapely aesthetic won’t be converted by this SUV version (especially with its raised roofline and slightly squarer face), but we think Mercedes has outdone its German automotive counterparts in important style matter.

The EQS SUV will launch in three powertrain options: the 450+, 450 4Matic and 580 4Matic. Mercedes says the former will offer up to 410 miles of range on a single charge, while the latest all-wheel-drive versions of the car will both offer 380 miles. All three will be capable of 200kW fast charging, as we expect from most premium EVs in 2022.

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Mercedes has yet to confirm the speed specs of the EQS SUV, although its sedan sibling’s impressive pace (0-60mph in 5.9s / 0-100kph in 6.2s) suggests the drivers can expect comfortable power from any of the three versions offered.

The interior of the Mercedes EQS SUV

(Image credit: Mercedes-Benz)

It will come as no surprise to learn that the interior of the EQS SUV is as gorgeous as any in most modern Mercedes. That of the brand Hyperscreen covering the dashboard is, of course, an option here, though even in its absence owners can still make use of the myriad of features – including biometric security and AI-enhanced navigation – bundled into Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. .

Nor will it come as a surprise to learn that all this technology comes at a price. No official figures have yet been confirmed, but the Mercedes EQS SUV is expected to cost upwards of $140,000 / £110,000 / AU$193,000 when released later this year.

Sure, that’s a tempting amount of money for a family-oriented electric car, but at least you won’t be driving a BMW XM.

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