This is what to expect from these new electric flagships.
Two of the most anticipated products expected to be released by Mercedes-Benz Group over the next few years, excluding the AMG One, are its all-electric EQE SUV and EQS SUV variants. After Mercedes announced a massive electric onslaught that would see the EQE and EQS sedans joined by SUV counterparts, we've seen both appear dressed in heavy camo as they progress through development. But now it is suggested that the pair could be revealed in production form by the end of this year.
As reported by Autocar, insiders on the matter have detailed key pieces of information regarding these two electrified products which will be an integral part of its strategy to achieve a full EV range by 2030. These crossovers will be developed in conjunction with one another as part of a joint engineering program that'll see them launched within six months of each other.
Mercedes-Benz will attempt to expand the appeal of these two model lines as much as possible with both badges set to receive fully-fledged AMG derivatives. This EQS range will have the option of hosting a seven-seat configuration in its cabin and is earmarked to be the posterchild of the EQ range. As previewed by the 2021 concept, it should receive the Maybach treatment to bolster the company's current top-end luxury offerings.
Autocar's insiders suggest that this model will make its debut at the 2022 Beijing Motor Show which will be taking place this April. The EQE SUV will get its official reveal sometime later at the Guangzhou Motor Show in November. With regards to styling, we can expect both models to fall in line with EQ's current smooth and sleek design language as seen on the supplementary EQE and EQS sedans. In the dimensions department, we can expect the EQS to measure in at just over 203 inches long while the EQE will cover about 191 inches in length.
It is apparent that the EQS SUV is also set to introduce a new variation of cabin design. A senior manager of the company stated, "The interior will offer a compelling argument to buy this car. It sets new standards for Mercedes."
Where energy is concerned, the EQS SUV is expected to boast a generous battery capacity of 108 kWh which will be combined with a dual-motor system. In the 580 4Matic, this is set to produce 516 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. The Maybach EQS 600 4Matic will offer nominally more than this.
On the other end of the spectrum sits base EQE 350 SUV which will source power from a 90.6 kWh battery. Power will be sent to the rear wheels but a 4Matic option will be available to those wanting a bit more capability. Expect this model to deliver 288 hp and 391 lb-ft.
Catering to a more efficient daily usability experience, Mercedes-Benz will kit both cars, together with the rest of its EQ range, out with 800V charging capabilities. The SUV duo's electrical architecture will operate at 400V. The insiders confirm that both these products will be assembled alongside the GLE and GLS at the company's Tuscaloosa, Alabama production plant.
The EQE and EQS SUVs are set to join the EQA, EQB, and EQC electric crossovers in a bid to create a formidable high-riding electric offering that caters to a diverse set of customers. They will be followed by the off-road-focused quad-motor EQG sometime in 2024.