Mercedes has been caught testing its new Tesla Model X fighter.
Mercedes is preparing a massive electric onslaught that will expand its EV range beyond the current EQC SUV. In the next 12 months, Mercedes is planning to launch three new fully electric models including the EQS, a new luxury flagship sedan that will be the electric equivalent of the S-Class.
Joining it will be the EQS SUV, which will serve as the automaker's flagship electric SUV and an EV sibling for the combustion-powered GLS. Mercedes has already given us a sneak peek at the EQS SUV, but these new photos sent to us by our spy photographers give us a more extensive look at the upcoming electric SUV.
The prototype is fully camouflaged, so the design details are difficult to distinguish. However, styling cues from the Mercedes Vision EQS should carry over such as the slim LED headlights that flow into the grille. As you would expect, the grille also looks larger than the one on the EQS sedan. In terms of proportions, the EQS SUV appears to be slightly smaller than its combustion-powered GLS counterpart.
Inside, the dashboard design echoes the new S-Class, incorporating a large digital display and a massive vertical screen for the Mercedes MBUX infotainment system. Underpinning the EQS SUV be Mercedes' new dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture platform.
Mercedes also claims the production EQS will offer an electric driving range of up to 435 miles rated by the WLTP. Technical specifications are being kept under wraps, but the Vision EQS could give us an idea of what to expect. The concept was powered by two electric motors producing a combined 469 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque.
When it enters production, the Mercedes EQS SUV will compete with other luxury SUVs such as the BMW iNext and Tesla Model X. Slotting below the EQS will be the EQE Sedan and SUV in 2022.