The formula behind the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is pretty straightforward, taking the EQS sedan and enlarging it, retaining the EQS’ 126-inch wheelbase but adding 7.8 inches of height. It’s not a perfect cousin of the large GLS-Class SUV, though. The rear roofline’s taper helps the EQS SUV cut through the air more efficiently, something that wouldn’t happen if the roof were flat all the way to the rear end. Yet, there is still enough room inside for an optional third row of seating.Tthe EQS SUV will face a growing class of premium, high-dollar luxury EVs, including the BMW iX and Tesla Model X

EV MOTOR AND IMPLEMENTATION

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is essentially a re-bodied EQS sedan with an elevated seating position and more interior space, and its electric powertrains are similar, albeit not identical. The EQS450+ features a 335-hp electric motor that powers the rear wheels. The EQS580 produces 536 horsepower and 633 pound-feet of torque between its front- and rear-mounted electric motors, which provide all-wheel drive. The EQS SUV comes standard with an adjustable air suspension and a rear-axle steering system that makes it surprisingly agile. Unlike the sedan, the SUV features an Off-Road drive mode that raises the suspension and alters the powertrain’s behavior. During a ride-along in a prototype model, we experienced these settings first-hand on rugged terrain and were impressed with the vehicle’s capabilities, even if we’re convinced most people who buy an EQS SUV will never attempt such activities.

CHARGING AND BATTERY POWER

Although Mercedes hasn’t confirmed range estimates for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, it uses the same 107.8-kWh battery pack as the EQS sedan, which is EPA-rated at between 340 and 350 miles of range. Due to the SUV being less aerodynamic and likely heavier, we expect its estimated range to be slightly lower. The EQS SUV can charge at speeds up to 200 kW, which Mercedes says will take the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes when connected to a compatible DC fast-charger.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Inside, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV features the type of rich materials and high-tech equipment that define modern-day Mercedes-Benz models. Its list of standard interior features includes selectable ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging. The 56-inch Hyperscreen is optional. The fit-and-finish of the EQS we rode in was very impressive even though it was a pre-production model. The EQS cabin is also rife with useful storage spaces, including a large bin below the floating center console. The EQS comes standard with two rows of seats that accommodate five passengers, but a third row is optional and adds seating for two more people.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

For maximum theater, the EQS SUV can be equipped with Mercedes’ mesmerizing 56-inch Hyperscreen, which stretches across the will width of the dashboard. Along with housing the digital gauge cluster, it hosts a 17.7-inch touchscreen that’s primarily responsible for infotainment functions, plus a 12.3-inch touchscreen in front of the passenger. There’s no doubt that the novelty of the glass-covered dash will entice buyers, but we can’t help but bemoan the near-total lack of physical switchgear. Those who don’t opt for the Hyperscreen will still get a digital gauge cluster and a 12.8-inch portrait-style touchscreen. Every EQS SUV will come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Burmester audio system, and wireless device charging.

PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV has a host of standard driver-assistance technology. Along with ordinary safety equipment, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beams, the SUV also has a self-parking feature. For more information about the EQS SUV’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV second row with seats folded down

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