Production of the Mercedes-Benz EQS EV SUV is scheduled to begin in June at the Alabama carmaker’s factory.
Mercedes-Benz electrifies its range of high-volume crossovers, starting with the EQS SUV.
The new three-row SUV will be built at the US Mercedes factory in Vance, Alabama, and will be exported to Europe and other global markets.
Mercedes-Benz has seen strong global demand for EQ electric vehicles in the last 18 months.
“In the first quarter, we tripled sales of all-electric vehicles (compared to a year ago),” he said. Britta Seeger, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz. “We also see a huge demand from customers asking for vehicles with fully electric batteries.”
For Mercedes and its competitors, electric vehicles create an opportunity to grow its customer base.
“We don’t see any cannibalization yet,” Seeger said. “The interest comes from technology-oriented younger customers.” Many of them are new to the brand. ”
The EQS SUV is the third model built on Mercedes’ new electric vehicle architecture or EVA platform.
Available with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the model is powered by a 107.8 kilowatt-hour battery that offers a range of over 600 km, based on the WLTP test cycle.
The single-wheel drive EQS 450+ delivers 355 hp, while the dual-engine EQS 580 4MATIC produces 536 hp, Mercedes said.
The battery of the crossover comprises 12 cell modules and has a cellular chemistry that reduces the cobalt content to less than 10%, said the car manufacturer.
The EQS SUV can be charged up to 200 kilowatts to fast charging stations with direct current – recovering up to 80% of its autonomy in about 30 minutes.
The EQS SUV shares the long wheelbase with the EQS sedan, but is over 7.8 inches larger than the sedan. The SUV has a second row of electrically adjustable seats and an optional third row.
The steering available on the rear axle – capable of a turning angle of up to 10 degrees – offers a sedan-like maneuverability.
The cockpit is anchored by a curved, high-resolution 56-inch “Hyperscreen” that stretches from Pillar A to Pillar A and combines three screens – a 17.7-inch center display flanked by a pair of 12-inch screens. , 3 inches.
EQS’s MBUX operating system can learn the driver’s habits and schedule by recommending phone calls or changing comfort modes during long journeys. MBUX also offers a zero-layer user interface that gives occupants access to customizable driving and comfort modes.
The single-engine EQS will start at around € 97,000 in Germany. US prices were not disclosed.