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Mercedes Maybach EQS SUV Concept Debuts at 2021 Munich Motor Show

Posted Sep 06, 2021 2:15:00 PM

The all-electric luxury flagship SUV is expected to use a powertrain similar to that of the new AMG EQS 53 sedan.

The Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS presents the luxury brand’s first electric SUV that will go into production by 2023. Unveiled at the 2021 Munich Motor Show, the Concept EQS features a series of Maybach-specific elements, including the two-tone paint scheme and the brand’s signature. a tailor-made cabin layout with individual rear seats offering “first class” accommodation. A standard Mercedes EQS SUV is also in the works.

  • The Maybach EQS SUV will have a range of approximately 600 km
  • Should borrow 659bhp and 949Nm of electric drivetrain from AMG EQS sedan
  • Standard Mercedes EQS SUV set to debut next year

The Benz badged EQS SUV will be Mercedes’ third bespoke electric model after the EQS and EQE sedans, offering a range of around 600 km. The intention is to position it at the top of the electric vehicle rankings in a market segment that has yet to be entered by traditional rivals Maybach, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

“The Concept EQS represents Mercedes-Maybach’s transformation from a traditional luxury brand into a more progressive electric future,” said Philipp Schiemer, Head of Mercedes-Benz Premium Vehicle Group, Head of Maybach Performance and AMG. division.

Maybach’s shift from internal combustion engines to battery-powered electric powertrains is in part driven by a shifting customer base for its more expensive models.

“Customers in key markets such as China, Russia, South Korea, the United States and Germany are getting younger – and with that, the definition of luxury is also changing,” the company said.

Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS: share the bodywork with the standard EQS SUV

The Maybach EQS SUV will follow a similar approach to that taken by the more recent Maybach variants of the S-Class and GLS. It will retain the same body structure as its badged Benz donor model, but with a number of Maybach-centric design cues. The front is dominated by a newly designed version of the black EQ family ‘grille’ with graphics in the same style as the chrome grille and vertical slats on today’s Maybach models.

Maybach lettering is integrated into the hood, as well as a Mercedes-Benz star and a longitudinal trim strip in the middle.

Chrome is also used in the front air ducts, side window frames, and B-pillars. Running boards appear under the self-opening doors, while generously-sized wheelhouse passages accommodate 24-inch wheels optimized on it. the aerodynamic plan.

Further back, there are chrome Maybach emblems in the D-pillars, a prominent roof-mounted spoiler, and unique graphics for the taillights.

The Munich show car was presented in a two-tone livery of obsidian black metallic paint and zircon red metallic paint, separated by a thin chrome stripe.

Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS: the interior borrows from the new EQS

The lavish interior of the Concept EQS leans heavily on the EQS sedan. The instrument panel features Mercedes’ new full-width curved hyper-display, featuring three different Maybach-specific digital displays, while a raised center console crosses the middle of the cabin with rose gold highlights and ample storage space, including a refrigerator compartment at the back.

Heavily padded seats are similar to those in the S-Class, and the two in the rear benefit from integrated footrests for lounge-style seating.

Although the Concept EQS is a pure four-seater, the production version will also offer a five-seater configuration with a three-person rear bench.

Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS: electric powertrain details

The Concept EQS is based on Mercedes’ new MB.EA platform for electric vehicles. Details of its powertrain have yet to be revealed, but our sister post Autocar UK has been told that the production version will use a similar setup to the recently announced one. AMG EQS 53 Sedan, with a pair of electric motors that together develop around 659 hp and 949 Nm of torque.

Mercedes electric car range for India

Mercedes made a foray into the luxury electric vehicle space in India with the all-electric EQC SUV in October last year. The automaker’s next electric vehicle for the Indian market is expected to be the new EQS sedan, which is expected to launch in early 2022. Although it is too early for the company to comment on the availability in India of the Maybach EQS SUV, the model could be considered for launch in India.

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