The new EQS SUV1: the main points at a glance
With the luxury saloon EQS and the sporty executive saloon EQE, Mercedes-Benz has entered a new, all-electric era in the upper market segments as well. The EQS SUV, the third model series with this architecture developed for electric vehicles, will soon follow. The SUV offers plenty of space, comfort and connectivity for up to seven passengers in its avant-garde, luxurious interior. Thanks to powerful electric motors, responsive 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an intelligent OFFROAD driving mode, the EQS SUV is also capable of tackling light terrain with ease.
The new EQS SUV shares the long wheelbase (3210 millimetres) with the EQS Saloon, but is over 20 centimetres higher. The dimensions in detail: 5125/1959/1718 millimetres (length/width2/height3). 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 cars4. Its purpose design with smooth underbody and usually closed radiator shutter was a good starting point for aerodynamic measures on the EQS SUV. The optimisation of SUV-typical flow details led to a hitherto 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 ensures intelligent, continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors and thus the use of the most efficient eATS in each case. 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 completely new 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 zero-emission mobility and is moving a step closer to fulfilling Ambition 2039. The model is produced in a completely CO2-neutral way. The EQS SUV puts real solutions for emission-free mobility, intelligent resource conservation and responsible circular economy on the road.
The chassis of the new EQS SUV has a four-link axle at the front and an independent 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 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 cell, special deformation zones and modern 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 indicate children who may have been overlooked in the rear of the vehicle. In vehicles for Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the reminder is on board as standard.
Mercedes me Charge5is one of the largest charging networks worldwide: it currently comprises over 700,000 AC and DC charging points, including around 300,000 are 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. 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 makes charging the EQS SUV at public charging stations that support Plug & Charge convenient.
Navigation with Electric Intelligence plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops, based on numerous factors and reacts dynamically to traffic jams or a change in driving style, for example. This includes 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, the most important 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 seat 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 the dynamic content.
The Dolby Atmos sound system takes the audio experience in the EQS SUV to a new level. Individual instruments or voices of the studio mix can be placed 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 Atmos® can use the entire space and create a 360-degree experience.
Key technical data6
|EQS 450+||EQS 450 4MATIC||EQS 580 4MATIC|
|Drive system||Rear-wheel drive||All-wheel drive||All-wheel drive|
|Electric motor(s):||Type||Permanently excited synchronous motor(s) (PSM)|
|On-board charger (standard/option)||kW||11/22 (USA: 9,6)|
|AC charging time, three-phase (11/22 kW)||h||5/10 (USA: 11,5)|
|DC charging capacity, max.||kW||200|
|DC charging time at fast charging station||min||31|
|DC charging: max. range after|
15 minutes (WLTP)
|Turning circle (with rear-axle steering 4.5°/10°)||m||11.9/11.0|
|Luggage capacity VDA|
|Electrical consumption and range|
|Electrical consumption (WLTP)||kWh/100 km||23,0 – 18,6||24,0 – 20,0||24,0 – 20,0|
|CO2 emissions (WLTP)||g/km||0||0||0|
|Range (WLTP)||km||536 – 660||507 – 613||507 – 613|
1 Data on power consumption and range are provisional and have been voluntarily determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. There are no confirmed figures from an officially recognised testing organisation to date. Deviations from the final data are possible.
2 Without exterior mirrors
3 Data for five-seater
4 The EQS 450+ (WLTP: combined power consumption: 19.8-15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) achieves a best-ever Cd value of 0.20 with 19″ AMG wheel/tyre combination and AMG Line exterior in the SPORT driving mode. The WLTP power consumption has been determined on the basis of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1151.
6 Data on power consumption and range are provisional and have been voluntarily determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. There are no confirmed figures from an officially recognised testing organisation to date. Deviations from the final data are possible.
7 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
8 At DC fast charging stations with 500 amps based on WLTP range
“SUV luxury, redefined”
The new EQS SUV in quotes from Mercedes-Benz management
“The EQS SUV is the third vehicle on our new all-electric platform. It has everything our customers love about the EQS – and combines this with the strengths and versatility of an SUV that can seat up to seven people. With the EQS SUV, we are continuing to consistently implement the strategy of making our vehicles more sustainable and digital – with the goal of building the most desirable electric cars in the world.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG
“In order to remain the leading luxury brand in an all-electric future, Mercedes-Benz is accelerating the market launch of its EQ models. This year, our portfolio will comprise nine all-electric Mercedes‑EQ models worldwide, and we have more exciting products in the pipeline”.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer, responsible for Development and Procurement
“Be it family, adventurers, tech fans or music lovers: When the EQS SUV is launched in the second half of 2022, it will fulfil the wishes of many customers. The target groups are diverse, but they are united by the active lifestyle. Furthermore, the EQS SUV simply looks good. Therefore, we believe that the EQS SUV will drive luxury and technology for our customers in this important segment. And in doing so, it embodies the pioneering spirit of Mercedes-Benz.”
Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Marketing and Sales
“The global Mercedes-Benz production network is digital, sustainable, efficient and flexible. The Tuscaloosa plant, with its highly skilled and motivated U.S. workforce, will be a critical factor in the continued success of Mercedes-Benz; and we are proud that our new electric SUVs will also be built in Alabama for global markets.”
Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management
“With our EQS SUV, we are presenting our first all-electric SUV on the new architecture. The futuristic design consists of an emotionally appealing integration of surfaces and shapes, and the seamless transitions reflect the style of our company. This creates an aerodynamic and modern look. Together with the innovative, progressive SUV proportions, we are completely redefining SUV luxury of the future”.
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Mercedes-Benz AG
Interesting facts & figures
The new EQS SUV at a glance
Depending on the vehicle equipment and configuration, WLTP ranges of up to 660 kilometres1are possible.
The torque sent to the wheels by the respective eATS (electric drive train) is checked 10,000 times per minute and adjusted if necessary. This enables a much faster response in the versions with 4MATIC than with mechanical all-wheel drive.
As standard, the EQS SUV has rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to 4.5 degrees, and as special equipment even up to 10 degrees. The turning circle is reduced from 11.9 to 11.0 metres with 10-degree rear-axle steering.
The electric motor on the rear axle has 2 windings with 3 phases each. The 6-phase design makes this permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) particularly powerful. Its peak power is 265 kW.
DIGITAL LIGHT (special equipment) has a light module in each headlamp with three extremely bright LEDs whose light is refracted and directed with the help of 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle.
Mercedes me Charge has one of the most tightly knit charging networks with over 700,000 charging points, including around 300,000 in Europe.
With the MBUX Hyperscreen (special equipment), multiple displays merge seamlessly to create an impressive curved screen band over 141 centimetres wide. The area perceived by the occupants measures 2432.11 sq. cm.
The large glass covering the MBUX Hyperscreen is curved in three dimensions in a moulding process at temperatures of approx. 650°C. This process allows a distortion-free view of the display unit across the entire width of the vehicle, irrespective of the radius of the glass cover.
A lithium-ion battery with up to 12 cell modules is installed in the EQS SUV. With this generation of batteries, a major step has been achieved in terms of the sustainability of the cell chemistry: the optimised active material consists of nickel, cobalt and manganese in a ratio of 8:1:1.
The optional driving sound of the EQS SUV is interactive and reacts to a good dozen different parameters such as the position of the accelerator pedal, speed or energy recovery.
No.6 MOOD mimosa is the name of the fragrance composed especially for the EQS SUV, based on the aroma of dark chocolate. It bears the number 6 because the first electric cars were added to the model range in 1906 in the form of the “Mercédès Electrique” vehicles. No.6 MOOD mimosa is an earthy fragrance with a touch of sensuality.
To get to the most important applications of MBUX, the user has to scroll through 0 menu layers. Hence the term zero layer.
Head-up displays are available in two sizes as an option. The Augmented Reality Head-up Display shows relevant information and actions three-dimensionally in the real driving situation and surroundings. Its display area has a diagonal of 77 inches. A virtual colour image seems to float in the field of vision at a distance of about 10 metres.
The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter as part of the optional ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus, with a volume of 9.82 cubic decimetres, cleans the incoming outside air at its very high filtration level. Up to 99.75 percent of particles are separated out. Around 600 grams of activated charcoal are used to neutralise odours. The adsorption area is equivalent to about 150 football pitches.
For haptic feedback during operation, a total of 12 actuators are located under the touch screen surfaces of the MBUX Hyperscreen. If a finger touches certain spots there, they trigger a tangible vibration in the cover plate.
1 Coating of the cover glass simplifies cleaning of the MBUX Hyperscreen. The curved glass itself consists of particularly scratch-resistant aluminium silicate.
8 CPU cores, 24 GB RAM and 46.4 GB per second RAM memory bandwidth are some of the MBUX technical data.
A DC fast charging system with a charging capacity of up to 200 kW is fitted on board for (fast) direct current charging. In 15 minutes, power corresponding to a range of up to 250 kilometres2 can be recharged on the basis of the WLTP range.
The brightness of the MBUX Hyperscreen is adjusted to the ambient conditions using the measurement data from 1 multifunction camera plus 1 light sensor.
With up to 7 profiles, the display area for the front passenger on the MBUX Hyperscreen can be individualised.
“Hey Mercedes” supports 27 languages with Natural Language Understanding (NLU).
1 536-660 km are the provisional range figures of the EQS 450+ (WLTP: Combined power consumption: 23.0‑18.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). Data on power consumption and range are provisional and were voluntarily determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. There are no confirmed figures from an officially recognised testing organisation to date. Deviations from the final data are possible.
2 Provisional figures for the EQS 450+ (WLTP): combined power consumption: 23.0‑18.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). Data on power consumption and range are provisional and were voluntarily determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. There are no confirmed figures from an officially recognised testing organisation to date. Deviations from the final data are possible.
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