Mercedes-Benz, with Tesla in its sights, is all-in on electric vehicles. And to generate precious profits on the road to an all-EV future by 2030, it's turning to the top of the pyramid. The EQS SUV, launched in the U.S. in the third quarter, is the third model built on Mercedes' new EVA2 platform.
It is available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive and powered by a 107.8-kilowatt-hour battery that delivers an estimated 400 miles of driving range.
The EQS SUV rides on the same 126.4-inch wheelbase as the previously launched EQS sedan and shares the same power units and floor-mounted battery pack. It will be Mercedes' flagship electric SUV until an ultraluxury Maybach version eventually arrives.
The base EQS 450+ model has a single motor attached to the rear axle that produces 355 hp and 419 pound-feet of torque. An awd 450 4Matic version adds a front-axle motor that increases torque to 590 pound-feet, without a change in horsepower. At the top of the lineup is a dual-motor EQS 580 4Matic with 536 hp and 633 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes offers three trim levels on the EQS SUV — Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle — with various levels of technology and comfort.
The EQS SUV starts at $105,550, including shipping. The EQS 580 4Matic starts at $127,100, including shipping. The EQS SUV is assembled at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Vance, Ala. We've rounded up some early reviews.