Mercedes-Benz is preparing to add two new SUVs to its global EQ electric car lineup. Both the EQE SUV and the EQS SUV will be unveiled globally later this year and will be built on the brand’s EV-specific EVA platform.
Mercedes-Benz EQE, EQS SUVs: global debut timelines
According to insiders at our sister publication Autocar UK, the 5,160mm-long flagship EQS SUV will be shown at the Beijing motor show in April, while the 4,850mm-long five-seat EQE will most likely be shown at the Guangzhou motor show in November.
The EQE and EQS SUVs will be built at Mercedes’ US facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which presently produces the GLE and GLS SUVs, which are similarly positioned but use conventional engines.
Both SUVs are technically identical and are being built in tandem as part of a cooperative engineering effort with the goal of launching them in foreign markets within six months of each other. The EQE and EQS will join Mercedes-existing Benz’s electric SUVs, the EQA, EQB, and EQC.
Mercedes-Benz EQE, EQS SUVs: exterior details
Both SUVs have the same smooth-surfaced external appearance as their sedan counterparts. Both versions are said to feature a class-leading drag coefficient thanks to extensive wind tunnel research and improvements, such as placing the running boards behind the doors to increase airflow and aerodynamically optimised wheels.
The EQS SUV will eventually serve as the foundation for a more powerful and luxurious Maybach, as seen in a concept at the 2021 Munich car show. The EQS SUV and EQE SUV, like their sedan namesakes, will be available in a variety of conventional Mercedes-Benz and hot AMG configurations.
Mercedes-Benz EQE, EQS SUVs: interior
According to Mercedes-Benz sources, the new EVs’ interiors will be the most impressive feature. “The cabin will give a strong case to buy this automobile,” one senior management familiar with the EQS SUV’s final design stated. It raises the bar for Mercedes.”
Mercedes-Benz EQE, EQS SUVs: powertrain details
In the strongest of the four-wheel-drive variants, the EQS 580 SUV 4Matic, a 108kWh lithium-ion battery pack will be combined with two motors that will provide up to 516hp. This model will serve as the foundation for Maybach’s first electric vehicle, which will be known as the EQS 600 SUV to reflect its modest power boost.
The smaller EQE SUV will be powered by a 90.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a rear-wheel-drive single-motor or four-wheel-drive dual-motor arrangement available. According to our sources, the base model, the EQE 350 SUV, will have 288 horsepower.
Although Mercedes-Benz has promised compatibility with 800V charging in future EQ vehicles, both of these SUVs will feature a 400V electrical design.
Mercedes-Benz line-up: what’s next for India
The EQS full-size luxury electric vehicle will arrive in India this year, according to our sources. More information may be found here. Apart from the introduction of EQS local assembly, the following year will feature a number of new model debuts from all four of the company’s sub-brands. Mercedes-Benz automobiles and SUVs, including the new C-Class sedan, are expected to account for the majority of these.