Three models will be offered across three trim levels.
Ever since the hateful W163 M-Class was introduced in 1997, Mercedes-Benz has been building SUVs in the USA. 25 years later, that tradition continues, with the EQS SUV now sailing down the Tuscaloosa assembly line. Soon, the electric SUV will slink into Mercedes dealers across the country and, in preparation, the automaker has released local trim specifications and pricing. Note that all prices listed below don't include the $1,150 destination and delivery charge.
Three models will be offered for the SUV body style; EQS 450+, EQS 580 4Matic, and, eventually, EQS 450 4Matic. To make things less complicated for customers, Mercedes offers three trim packages with varying levels of feature specification, starting at $104,400. That's more than a V8-powered GLS 580.
So what do you get for your money?
Let's kick things off with Premium. Even though this is the "entry-level" choice, would-be buyers are treated to leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and the Burmester 3D sound system.
There's also a panoramic sunroof, 10-degree rear-axle steering, 64-color interior ambient lighting, and several other nice-to-haves. 450 models make do with 20-inch wheels, while the 580 receives larger 21-inch items. As for pricing, the 450+ comes in at $104,400, while the 580 commands $125,950. The soon-to-be-introduced 450 4Matic is $107,400.
One thing is for sure - not a single model will qualify for the new EV tax credit. SUVs priced higher than $80,000 don't meet the requirements, so if you want tax credits with a Mercedes badge, you may have to wait for the EQE SUV.
Stepping up to the Exclusive specification, the mid-range grade introduces four-zone climate control, a head-up display, MBUX Interior Assistant (in the front), and multi-contour front seats with rapid heating capabilities. The Air Balance package and Star Pattern Logo projectors also form part of the trim. Exclusive models command $4,250 over their Premium counterparts ($108,650-$130,200).
But should you feel the need to have the best EQS SUV on the road, you need the Pinnacle trim. The range-topping trim receives all the toys given to the Exclusive models but adds even more comfort-enhancing features.
Here, you'll find the Executive second-row seat package, a middle armrest for second-row passengers (with wireless charging), comfort rear headrests, and an MBUX rear tablet. While that all sounds lovely and appealing, these features are mostly tailored to those who sit in the back and leave driving duties to the chauffeur. Despite this, Pinnacle models only cost $2,000 more - starting at $110,650 for the EQS 450+ and topping out at $132,200 for the EQS 580 4Matic.
Compared to other posh electric SUVs, the Mercedes is a rather pricey piece of kit. The BMW iX starts at $84,100 in xDrive50 guise, while the range-topping M60 only costs $108,900. The Tesla Model X Plaid, meanwhile, is available for $138,990.
Interestingly, the pricing isn't much higher than the EQS Sedan, which has a starting price of $102,310 and is also available in the aforementioned trims.
Now for the technical bits. With 536 horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque on tap, the EQS 580 4Matic should prove rapid enough for most needs. The EPA-estimated range of 285 miles is beaten by the less powerful 450+ which has an estimated 305-mile range. Speaking of the EQS 450+, it generates 355 hp and 419 lb-ft from a single motor on the rear axle, affording it the extra range. The late-availability EQS 450+ 4Matic adds an extra motor without affecting outputs but reduces the range to the same 285 miles as the EQS 580.