Mercedes-Maybach Reveals First Electric SUV

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It's an SUV that promises ultimate luxury.

Mercedes-Benz dropped a third EQS at the Munich auto show this week, but this one is an SUV. The Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS joins the base EQS sedan and new AMG EQS as the halos of its EV arm. The "near-production" one-off has the hallmarks of a Maybach, like a two-tone paint finish, but with a slipperier shape. Mercedes notes that because customers in its core markets are getting younger, it has to change its idea of luxury.

"Many of our Mercedes-Maybach customers are digitally connected to a high degree and place the highest demands on our digital solutions. They also expect the brand of their choice to stand up for sustainable values and take responsibility for the environment," said Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.

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"The Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS fulfills all these points and embodies sophisticated luxury in a more progressive way: the all-electric powertrain not only makes consistently sustainable mobility possible, but also enables a new level of calm and relaxation for passengers," Seeger said.

The new Concept EQS features the company's new MBUX Hyperscreen that stretches almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. It's really a combination of three screens that sit under one piece of curved glass. The front passenger even gets their own part of the screen, with entertainment functions "only available while the car is being driven in accordance with the country-specific legal regulations," says Mercedes.

Elsewhere inside, there are high-gloss chrome air vents in addition to the various metal trim pieces. The steering wheel has a flat bottom and top, thankfully it's not a Tesla yoke, and ambient lighting can change the mood of the vehicle, as in the S-Class.

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Besides the two-tone paintjob (Obsidian Black Metallic and Zircon Red Metallic), the Concept EQS features smooth lines, a flowing front end and continuous transitions. It features generous amount of chrome and high-gloss black, along with huge wheels. LED lights feature individual diamond blocks framed with the Maybach emblem. An upright star at the front completes the package.

We don't get any info on powertrain or range, but the EQS 580 makes 516 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque and the AMG EQS makes 649 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, both with a motor on each axle. We'd guess its output would land somewhere between those. We'll find out exact specs, price and on-sale date soon. We'll probably see a production version late next year.

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