The new EQS SUV: the main points at a glance

The EQS SUV offers plenty of space, comfort and connectivity for up to seven vehicle occupants in its avant-garde, luxurious interior. Thanks to powerful electric motors, responsive 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an intelligent OFFROAD driving mode, this model is also capable of tackling light terrain with ease. At market launch, the model range comprises three variants: EQS 450 + (WLTP: combined electric energy consumption: 22.9-18.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)[1] and EQS 450 4MATIC (WLTP: combined electric energy consumption: 24.3-20.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1 each with 265 kW output, and the EQS 580 4MATIC (WLTP: combined electric energy consumption: 24.3‑20.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1 with 400 kW.

The new EQS SUV shares its long wheelbase (3,210 millimetres) with the EQS Saloon, but is more than 20 centimetres higher. The dimensions in detail: 5,125/1,959/1,718 millimetres (length/width[2]/height[3]). The interior dimensions benefit from these generous SUV dimensions and from the advantages of the purpose design tailored to the electric platform. The second row of seats can be electrically adjusted as standard. Up to four golf bags fit in the boot. A third row of seats with two additional individual seats and extensive comfort features for all passengers is available as an option.

The EQS Saloon is the current aerodynamics world champion for production cars[4]. Its purpose design, with a smooth underbody and mostly closed radiator shutters, provided a good starting basis for the very good Cd figure[5] of the EQS SUV, from 0.26. This is achieved despite the high load capacity and short rear overhang. Characteristic SUV flow details were optimised, which resulted in a unique combination of spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency.

All EQS SUVs have an electric drive train (eATS) on the rear axle, and the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS on the front axle. In the 4MATIC models, the Torque Shift function intelligently and continuously distributes the drive torque between the front and the rear electric motors. This also involves the use of the most efficient eATS in the particular instance. The electric motors on the front and rear axles are permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM). The advantages of this design include high power density, high efficiency and high power constancy.

The EQS Saloon was the first model series from Mercedes-Benz in which additional vehicle functions can be activated in several areas via over-the-air updates (OTA).With the EQS SUV, this offer is significantly expanded. For example, Trailer Manoeuvring Assist or MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) Augmented Reality Navigation can be activated at a later date.

With the EQS SUV, Mercedes-Benz is taking a major step towards fully electric mobility and is moving a step closer to fulfilling Ambition 2039. The model is produced in a CO2-neutral way. The EQS SUV sees real solutions for fully electric mobility, intelligent resource conservation and a responsible circular economy actually put on the road.

The chassis of the new EQS SUV has a four-link axle at the front and a multi-link suspension at the rear. The AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ is standard equipment. The vehicle level can be raised by several centimetres. In addition to the DYNAMIC SELECT modes ECO, COMFORT, SPORT and INDIVIDUAL, the 4MATIC versions feature OFFROAD, a further mode specifically for off-road driving. Furthermore, rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to 4.5 degrees is standard. It provides plenty of manoeuvrability in the city and agility over land. Optionally and also via an OTA update, a version with up to 10 degrees steering angle is available.

The principles of Integral Safety, in particular accident safety, apply regardless of the platform. Like all other Mercedes-Benz models, the EQS SUV therefore has a rigid passenger compartment, special deformation zones and sophisticated restraint systems. The European version of the EQS SUV is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be able to detect whether rear seats are actually occupied. If a passenger in the rear is not wearing a seat belt, the driver receives a specific warning. Another new feature at Mercedes-Benz is what is known as the occupant presence reminder. This system can draw attention to children in the rear of the vehicle who may have been overlooked. In vehicles for Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the reminder is on board as standard.

Mercedes me Charge[6] offers access to one of the largest charging networks worldwide: it currently comprises over 850,000 AC and DC charging points, including around 350,000 in Europe. Since 2021, Mercedes-Benz has ensured a subsequent offset with green electricity when customers use Mercedes me Charge to charge their cars in Europe and North America. High-quality guarantees of origin ensure that as much green power from renewable energies is fed into the grid as is withdrawn via Mercedes me Charge. The new Mercedes me Charge function Plug & Charge allows convenient charging of the EQS SUV at public charging stations that support Plug & Charge.

On the basis of numerous factors, Navigation with Electric Intelligence plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops.It reacts dynamically to traffic jams or a change in driving style, for example. This involves a visualisation in the MBUX infotainment system as to whether the state of charge of the battery is sufficient to return to the starting point without charging. Charging stations along the route that have been added manually are given preference in the route calculation. Proposed charging stations can be excluded. The estimated charging costs per charging stop are calculated.

With ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus, Mercedes-Benz thinks holistically about air quality in the EQS SUV. The system is based on filtration, sensors, a display concept and air conditioning. The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter has a very high filtration level to trap fine particles, microparticles, pollen and other substances entering with the outside air.

With intelligent software, MBUX fully adapts to its users and provides them with personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions. With what is known as the zero layer, applications are always offered on the topmost level within the field of vision, according to situation and context.

The highlight of the interior is the MBUX Hyperscreen (special equipment). This large, curved screen unit spans almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. Three screens sit under a common cover glass and merge visually. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own display and control area. In Europe, and in a growing number of countries, the front passenger is also able to watch dynamic content while the vehicle is on the move. This is because Mercedes-EQ is able to rely on an intelligent, camera-based blocking logic: if the camera detects that the driver is looking at the passenger display, the system automatically dims this content.

The Dolby Atmos sound system® takes the audio experience in the EQS SUV to a new level. Individual instruments or voices in the studio mix can be positioned all around the listening area. A new kind of sound animation thus becomes possible: this is because while conventional stereo systems usually have a left-right dynamic, Dolby AtmosÒ can use the entire space and create a 360-degree experience.[7]

Key technical data of the EQS SUV[8]

  EQS 450+EQS 450 4MATICEQS 580 4MATIC
Drive system and batteryRear-wheel driveAll-wheel driveAll-wheel drive
Electric motor(s)TypePermanently excited synchronous motor(s) (PSM)
Rated voltageVolts396
Usable battery capacitykWh108.4
On-board charger (standard/option)kW11/22 (USA: 9.6)
AC charging time, three-phase (11/22 kW)h10/5 (USA: 11.5)
DC charging capacity, max.kW200
DC charging time at fast charging station[9]min31
DC charging: max. range after15 minutes[10] (WLTP)km250
Length/width/height (USA)mm5,125/1,959/1,718 
Turning circle (with rear axle steering 4.5°/10°)m11.9/11.0
Luggage capacity VDA
Electric energy consumption and range
Electric energy consumption (WLTP)kWh/100 km22.9 – 18.224.3 – 20.224.3 – 20.2
CO2 emissions (WLTP)g/km000
Range (WLTP)km540 – 671511 – 610511 – 609
Range (EPA)mi305285285

[1] Range and electric energy consumption have been determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008.
[2] Without exterior mirrors
[3] Data for five-seater
[4] The EQS 450+ (WLTP: combined electric energy consumption: 19.8-15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) achieves a best-ever Cd value of 0.20 with a 19-inch AMG wheel/tyre combination and the AMG Line exterior in SPORT driving mode. The WLTP power consumption has been determined on the basis of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1151.
[5] With 21-inch wheels, tyres in the format 275/45 R 21 and running boards
[6] In order to be able to use the Mercedes me connect service “Mercedes me Charge”, a separate charging contract with a selected third-party provider is required for charging payment and billing purposes. A personal Mercedes me ID and agreement to the Terms of Use for the Mercedes me connect services are required for use of the Mercedes me connect services.
[7] Not yet available at market launch.
[8] Range and electric energy consumption have been determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008.
[9] The charging times are for a 10-80% charge at a DC fast charging station of category “K” or “L” pursuant to EN17186 with 500 A charging current.
[10] At DC fast charging stations with 500 amps based on WLTP range

Source: Mercedes-Benz Group AG.,

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