THE Mercedes-Benz presented this Tuesday morning (19) its top-of-the-line model of the electric car family, the SUV EQS. Through live, the german brand showed the utility inside and out, and luxury abounds. It is the first SUV with up to seven seats powered exclusively by batteries. It hits the streets in the second half of 2022.
The EQS SUV has similar lines to its sibling silk – which debuted a year ago. And, in the same way, it has a strong influence of the prototype Maybach Concept EQS SUV, and abuse of elegance. On the outside, it has a closed front grille (as in every electric car), the hood does not open and, behind, the taillights extend from one end of the body to the other. The lighting is Full LEDs.
In total, the luxury electric SUV measures 5.13 meters in length, 1.96 m in width and 1.72 m in height. The wheelbase is 3.21 m long. The wheels are 20 inches.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV stands out for its dashboard dominated by a giant 56-inch screen. It has an instrument panel, a multimedia center, as well as a third screen facing the front passenger. But it’s not just. Those in the back also have individual screens behind the front seats.
cutting edge technology
called MBUX Hyperscreen, the super screen is capable of playing videos even with the SUV in motion. But this true in-flight cinema, according to Mercedes-Benz, poses no danger to driving. After all, the star brand claims that the system is disabled if the car perceives that the driver is looking at the screen and not at the road.
That is, it uses a smart lock camera. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz says that the passenger screen is not visible to the driver. In addition, as in the sedan, there is a new generation of the virtual assistant, with evolution of artificial intelligence and internet connection. In this way, it offers remote updating, as in smartphones, for example.
The rival of models like Tesla Model X and BMW iX, for example, will come with a 107.8 kWh battery pack that allows you to travel more than 600 km on a full charge. There will be two trim versions: 450+ and 580 4Matic. The latter is the most powerful and features two electric motors with 536 hp and 64.5 mkgf of torque. It has all-wheel drive – as the surname suggests.
In the “basic” version (450+) it has an engine (positioned on the rear axle) with 355 horsepower and 42.7 mkgf of maximum torque. There are numerous safety and convenience features such as the latest Mercedes-Benz driver assistance system. Among them, throttle control, braking and other features. The (wide) series list also has air suspension with adaptive dampers, connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice assistant “Hello Mercedes”, among other features.
It’s the price?
The EQS SUV, in principle, should go into production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa (United States) in the coming months. There, it hits showrooms at the end of the year. Production in the US, finally, is part of Mercedes-Benz’s plans to produce eight new all-electric vehicles at seven locations on three different continents.
Mercedes-Benz did not disclose prices for the EQS SUV. But it shouldn’t be that much cheaper than its sedan brother, which doesn’t cost less than 100,000 euros (just over R$500,000, in direct conversion). In this sense, here, when it arrives, the SUV will certainly exceed R$ 1 million in the top-of-the-line version.