Mercedes EQS SUV Spied Preparing To Take On Tesla Model X

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The Mercedes EQS SUV is expected to debut in 2022.

Mercedes has made no secret of its plans for EV dominance. By 2030, the German automaker will be an electric-only brand. Mercedes will preview its electric future next month at the Munich Motor Show, where the new electric EQE Sedan will make its world debut. Joining it will be a concept version of the luxurious Maybach EQS SUV, but for now, we're focusing our attention on the regular EQS SUV.

Our spy photographers have spotted Mercedes putting a prototype EQS SUV through its paces as it prepares to take on the Tesla Model X. Since our last sighting, the Mercedes EQS SUV prototype has dropped more camouflage.

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There is less plastic covering under the foil giving us a better look at the SUV's production body. Development has progressed as we can see the production headlights are now fitted and there appear to be slim full-width light bars connecting the headlights and taillights.

We don't get to see the cabin, but it's safe to assume Mercedes will offer the enormous 56-inch Hyperscreen available for the EQS Sedan. Measuring 56 inches wide, the OLED display incorporates a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 17.7-inch infotainment screen, and a 12.3-inch screen for the front passenger.

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Mercedes hasn't revealed any technical details for the EQS SUV yet, but its sedan sibling gives us a good idea of what to expect. In the US, the EQS Sedan is offered available with a rear motor producing 329 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque or a dual motor, AWD setup generating a combined 516 hp and 611 lb-ft.

A 107.8-kWh battery provides 478 miles on a full charge based on WLTP estimates. Inevitably, the larger EQS SUV will be less efficient. We expect it to have an EPA rating of around 300 miles. The Mercedes EQS SUV is expected to debut sometime next year.

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