The American arm of Mercedes-Benz has detailed the pricing structure and featured technologies of the EQS SUV, which will arrive at the OEM’s U.S. dealerships in Fall 2022. The electric SUV will be the first model in its EQ series to be built in the U.S., and the third based on its new EV architecture.
The fully-electric seven-seater provides a high-level of flexibility to fit a wide range of customer needs. Inside for example, an optional third-row seating is offered alongside an adjustable second row, which is provided as standard.
At launch, the EQS 450 4MATIC SUV will sit alongside the 450+ SUV and 580 4MATIC models. These models, together, will be offered in three trim levels for the U.S. market: Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. Each trim works to showcase different, EQ-specific, technologies and an array of options that enable further customization.
Mercedes-Benz confirmed that pricing would start at $104,400 for the Premium EQS 450+ SUV, increasing to $107,400 for the trim’s 450 4MATIC SUV and $125,950 for its 580 4MATIC SUV. The Exclusive trim sees the 450+ SUV’s price rise to $108,650, while the 450 4MATIC increases to $111,650 and the 580 4MATIC to $130,200. Pinnacle – the highest trim offered for the EQS SUV – starts at $110,650 for the 450+ SUV before increasing to $113,650 for the 450 4MATIC, and $132,200 for the 580 4MATIC.
The Premium trim offers a large array of standard equipment, including the OEM’s full suite of active and passive Driver Assistance Systems. Inside, a 12.8″ OLED portrait-oriented touchscreen is offered in the 450+ and 450 4MATIC SUV, while the MBUX Hyperscreen is a standard feature on the premium 580 4MATIC SUV model.
The latest generation of MBUX, the OEM’s infotainment system, is equipped in all models. Offering a new zero-layer concept, it ensures that key applications remain at the top level of the screen – reducing the need to scroll through submenus or use voice commands to access commonly used applications.
The SUV’s instrument cluster provides a range of SUV-specific features, including a dedicated off-road mode. This mode displays the steering angle, suspension height, elevation, geo coordinates, power level and more, while the Head-Up Display can provide functional off-road display functions.
Another key feature of MBUX is its new standard navigation system that incorporates Electric Intelligence. Exclusive to EQ vehicles, it plans quick, convenient, routes that account for charging stops, and can dynamically react to traffic jams or a change in driving style. The energy demand is computed for the calculation of the route, while the topography, route, ambient temperature, speed, heating and cooling requirements are similarly taken into account. Additional factors include the traffic situation along the planned route, as well as the availability, capacity and payment functions of charging stations along it.
When looking to recharge, EQS SUV customers can benefit from the automaker’s Mercedes me Charge service. it offers a integrated payment function with an efficient billing process, and is compatible with charging stations from various providers. Mercedes-Benz confirmed that upon buying the electric SUV, customers will receive a complimentary two-year subscription to its charging service. U.S. owners can benefit further from the OEM’s partnership with Electrify America, through which they can access free and unlimited 30-minute fast-charging sessions across Electrify America’s network.