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Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 2022: images of BMW iX rival leaked ahead of April 19 debut

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

We can finally see the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV without camouflage for the first time thanks to new leaked photos


Leaked images of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV have emerged online ahead of its official debut on April 19.

The exterior images show both the front and rear of the American-built SUV, showing several design cues taken from the rest of the EQ range such as large black grille, wrap-around, full-width rear LED tail lights, curvy body panels and a slightly futuristic design philosophy. 

Serving as an electric equivalent to the GLS large SUV, the EQS SUV is the third car in the EQ range to ride on the company’s dedicated MEA EV architecture following the arrival of the EQS and EQE sedans. 

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The EQS SUV has been leaked ahead of its official reveal on April 19

The EQS SUV is likely to share the same powertrain options as the EQS luxury sedan which has a maximum driving range of up to 750km (WLTP). 

When launched, the EQS SUV will be the flagship electric vehicle in Mercedes-Benz’s electric lineup and could very possibly be more opulent than competitors such as the BMW iX, Audi e-tron and even the Tesla Model X

Everything we know about theMercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Mercedes-Benz’s massive 56-inch hyper screen will be an optional extra on the EQS SUV and basically spans the entire width of the interior dashboard. 

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The SUV version of the EQS could have up to 750km of range

Front passengers will be able to watch TV or movies while the car is in motion; however if the system senses that the driver is watching, too, the screen will automatically dim to force their eyes back onto the road. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will be built in the USA – more specifically at the brand’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – the same factory that built the brand’s ML luxury SUV from 1997. 

An additional factory will be based in Tuscaloosa which will produce the lithium-ion battery packs needed to power the EQS SUV. 

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Mercedes-Benz’s Hyperscreen will make an appearance in the EQS SUV, however it will be an option

Several variants will likely be available for the new EQS SUV including a base EQS 350 with 245kW of power and a flagship 385kW version dubbed the EQS 580 4matic. 

An AMG Performance variant could follow, producing as much as 500kW of power

The EQS SUV is very likely to utilise a 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack that will equate to an estimated range of approximately 550-600km (WLTP).