Mercedes Benz has brushed off the range and charging time issues with EVs with the unveil of the new EQS SUV
Following the unveil of the EQS EV sedan recently, Mercedes Benz has now revealed the EQS SUV which can be considered as the pure-electric substitute of the popular GLS. The car will hit the markets by the end of this year.
The biggest talking point of the electric 7-seater SUV is its range and charging time with Mercedes making some bold claims.
There are three trims on offer – the rear-wheel drive 450+, the four-wheel drive 450 4Matic, and 580 4Matic. The range of the base 450+ is between 536 km and 660 km based on driving characteristics while the four wheel drive variants’ range is between 507 km and 613 km, all as per WLTP cycle. The powerhouse of the SUV, the 107.8 kWh battery pack, can be charged from 10 to 80 percent, an ideal charging cycle, in a matter of 31 minutes.
The entry-level 450+ is powered by a single-motor that produces 355 HP and 568 Nm, while 450 4Matic runs on dual motors that increase the torque output to 800 Nm. The range-topping 580 4Matic’s dual-motors deliver a combined 536 HP and 858 Nm.
The wheelbase of the EQS SUV is same as that of the EQS saloon measuring 3210 mm owing to the SUV becoming the third in the list to utilise the Mercedes’ EVA electric architecture. The first being the EQE saloon. The SUV is 5125 mm long, 1959 mm wide, and 1718 mm tall. There’s also a dedicated off-road mode and rear-wheel steering to further spruce up the excitement.
Some of the highlights of the design include the headlight light bar that runs across the bonnet, a horizontal light strip at the back with 3D rear lights, a large closed-off grille and flush door handles. Going inside, there’s EQS with the MBUX Hyperscreen that’s powered by an 8-core processor and 24 GB RAM.