New Mercedes EQS SUV electric car spotted: price and release date

Graham King
January 08, 2021

The new Mercedes EQS SUV electric car has been spotted testing before it’s officially revealed in late 2021 or early 2022. 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
  • Will get new MBUX ‘Hyperscreen’
  • Likely to cost from £100,000
  • On sale in 2022

The new Mercedes EQS SUV is a super-luxurious electric SUV that will use similar technology to the upcoming EQS saloon to offer a high-tech, EV alternative to the Mercedes GLS and the BMW X7. It’s one of 10 new electric EQ models Mercedes will launch in the coming years.

The new EQS SUV prototype looks much curvier than Mercedes’ current range-topping GLS SUV.

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.

Expect a simple design without any fiddly details when the EQS SUV is revealed.

The EQS’s 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 and below).

The EQS SUV’s cabin will take inspiration from the EQS Vision concept, shown here. 

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.

This new ‘Hyperscreen’ will dominate the EQS SUV’s dashboard. 

Mercedes has confirmed it will premiere the new MBUX ‘Hyerscreen’ infotainment system in the upcoming EQS saloon, and it’s a safe bet that it’ll feature in the new EQS SUV, too. This colossal triple-screen setup stretches all the way from one side of the cabin to the other and features Mercedes’ latest MBUX software.

Expect range-topping cars to have a 434-mile range. 

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.

The EQS SUV will be compatible with the latest 350kW public fast chargers. 

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.

Watch our electric car range test

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.

The EQS SUV won’t be cheap – think £100,000 for an entry-level car… 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV price and release date

Mercedes has confirmed that it will start building the new EQS SUV in 2022. You can expect it to make its public debut that year, and it should go on sale before 2023. Entry-level models will likely set you back around £100,000, while top-spec cars with more powerful motors, added tech and a greater range could cost as much as £200,000.

If you can’t wait for the EQS SUV to go on sale, check out the latest electric car offers or read more about the upcoming Mercedes EQS, EQE, EQB and EQA electric cars

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