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Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 2023: luxury crossover’s interior revealed ahead of April premiere

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Mercedes-Benz has shown off the new EQS SUV’s interior and images of the prototype sliding through the desert and snow


Mercedes-Benz is building up its EQ family with the announcement that the EQS will get a lifted SUV variant that will become the third EQ product to adopt the company’s MEA dedicated EV architecture. 

The EQS SUV’s tech-heavy interior has been revealed in full and it’s almost identical to the EQS large sedan, though it will naturally adopt a taller ride height.

As it shares underpinnings with the sedan, the EQS SUV is also almost certain to share its powertrain and battery technology with the existing EQS and could offer a real-world range of around 750km (WLTP). 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV snow drift
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV was tested in extreme conditions such as deserts and snow

When it is fully unveiled in April 2022, the EQS luxury SUV will become Mercedes-Benz’s flagship vehicle and should offer greater opulence than current offerings such as the BMW iX, Audi e-tron, forthcoming Genesis GV90 and Tesla Model X

The EQS SUV’s cabin is a mix of luxury and technology 

The MBUX Hyperscreen will be available in the EQS SUV, but will come as an optional extra rather than standard feature. 

The optional 56.0-inch screen setup spans nearly the entire width of the EQS SUV’s cabin. As in the sedan, the highly-publicised Hyperscreen blends the digital driver’s display cluster, infotainment touchscreen and passenger display into one seamless design. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV MBUX screen
The MBUX screen is one of the largest on the market today

EQS SUV front passengers will be able to watch TV shows or movies while the car is in motion, however if the driver glances across to watch, the screen will automatically dim in order to get their eyes back on the road. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will be built alongside the EQE SUV at the brand’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama the same factory where the ML – Mercedes’s first luxury SUV – first emerged in 1997. 

Mercedes-Benz has also set up a plant just around the corner from the main factory from where the EQS SUV will source its lithium-ion battery packs. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV rear screen
Even the rear seats get a screen to control climate controls and other functions

How much power and range will the EQS SUV have?

Several variants will likely be available for the EQS SUV when it comes to launch. Power and torque figures are likely to be nearly identical to the EQS sedan. 

That means a base  EQS 350 could offer 245kW of power with a flagship 385kW version likely dubbed the EQS 580 4Matic. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV desert dust
Power is likely to sit around the 385kW mark but could lift for an AMG edition

Following the first electrified AMG-performance variant of the EQE sedan, it’s likely the EQS SUV and sedan range will eventually be headlined by an AMG grade with in excess of 500kW of power.

As in the EQS sedan, it’s likely the SUV will utilise a 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack that would equate to a range in the vicinity of 550-600km.  

An entry level EQS SUV 350 could adopt a smaller 90.6 kWh battery pack and be offered only with rear-wheel drive.