Mercedes unleashed the EQS sedan in Canada in January, and now the all-electric SUV version is set to arrive in Q4 later this year.
The EQS SUV will hit dealerships in two versions, both featuring all-wheel drive: The 580 4Matic will bring 536 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque with two motors, while the 450 4Matic will have 355 hp and 590 lb.-ft. with its dual-motor setup. Mercedes says the 107.8 kWh battery will give the EQS SUV up to 660 kilometres rated on the European WLTP cycle, which is generally considered more generous than a North American-measured EPA range. It will also have a maximum 200 kW DC charging speed.
The permanently excited synchronous (PMS) motors feature a Torque Shift function that “ensures intelligent, continuously variable distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors.” The torque sent to the wheels is checked 10,000 times per minute and adjusted if necessary.
The Airmatic air suspension with continuously adjustable damping is standard equipment across the board, which means the EQS SUV can be raised by several centimetres. And it also features the drive modes of Eco, Comfort, Sport, Individual (different attributes selected by the driver) and Offroad, for some light driving off the tarmac. The EQS SUV also gets rear-axle steering, with up to 4.5° standard and 10° optional.
The interior is highlighted by the MBUX Hyperscreen (standard on the EQS 580 4MATIC SUV). Three screens sit under a cover glass and merge visually to create a curved screen more than 141 centimetres wide across almost the whole dashboard. The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own display. And the available Dolby Atmos sound system offers a unique 360° sound experience. The EQS SUV also features Energizing Air Control Plus, which can separate up to 99.75 per cent of particles out of the air.
The EQS sedan was the first Mercedes vehicle to feature over-the-air updates, which is also featured on the SUV and will allow owners to add options later on, such as Trailer Manoeuvring Assist or MBUX Augmented Reality for navigation. Both versions seat five but have optional space for up to seven people, with a third row available.
Canadian pricing will come later.