New Mercedes EQS SUV electric car spotted: price and release date
The new Mercedes EQS SUV electric car has been spotted testing before it’s officially revealed next year. Read on for full details.
- Mercedes’ flagship electric car
- Curvier styling than most SUVs
- Will use EQS saloon’s motors and battery
- 434-mile range expected
- Likely to cost from £100,000
- On sale in 2022
Mercedes is on a mission to launch as many new electric cars as possible as part of its new EQ range. Most of these cars will be built using shared underpinnings, including the upcoming EQS SUV flagship shown here.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV design
Though it’s heavily disguised, the prototype pictured here reveals a fair amount about what the EQS SUV will look like. Most significantly, that it doesn’t actually look much like an SUV. Its relatively low ride height and sloping roof make it look more like a tall estate than a big, bulky SUV. The huge blanked-off front grille, thin headlights and curved bonnet resemble those on EQS and EQE prototypes that have also been spotted testing.
The EQS’ backside looks more rounded than most current SUVs, while the crease that starts below the rear window and sweeps down toward the headlights looks to be shared among most of Mercedes’ upcoming EQ models. This should make it even easier to tell them apart from your common-or-garden petrol- and diesel-powered Mercedes.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV interior
No images have surfaced of the EQS SUV’s interior, but you can expect it to be more-or-less identical to that of the EQS saloon, which has been hinted at by the EQS Vision concept (shown above). This minimalist dashboard in this concept is dominated by a huge touchscreen display that houses most of the car’s functions, along with a row of rectangular air vents and a few physical buttons above the central screen.
A separate display will sit behind the steering wheel and take the place of conventional dials – just like in most current Mercedes models. You can bet that passenger space will be enormous, boot space vast, material quality luscious and build quality excellent. The list of gadgets and features will be huge, and Mercedes may offer an even roomier four-seat (rather than five-seat) layout if you plan to spend more time in the back than behind the wheel.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV performance and range
Though Mercedes has started drip-feeding technical details about the power and range of its upcoming electric cars, it’s still playing its cards close to its chest. The only concrete information that’s been given is that top-spec models will have a 100kWh battery pack that can give a range of 434 miles.
If the EQS SUV’s spec matches that of the EQS saloon concept car shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, at least one version will be powered by two electric motors – one on each axle to make it four-wheel-drive. The 0-60mph sprint should take a little over four seconds.
The concept was compatible with the latest 350kW chargers, as well, which could deliver 350 miles of range in under 20 minutes. It’s likely there will be several other battery pack options with shorter ranges and lower power outputs, which may come with two-wheel drive rather than four-wheel drive.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV price and release date
The EQS SUV is expected to go on sale in 2022, with prices starting around £100,000. Top-spec versions could cost as much as £200,000, however.
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