Mercedes-Benz’s quickly increasing EQ electrical automobile lineup isn’t simply restricted to its core fashions. AMG, the model’s efficiency arm, has already put its contact on the EQE and EQS sedans. So now it’s time for Mercedes-Benz to take issues in a distinct course. Meet the 2024 Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV.
The corporate’s most luxurious EV but takes every little thing we like about the usual EQS and provides somewhat somethin’ somethin’, giving the SUV extra energy, extra type and extra consolation.
When it launches later this 12 months, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV shall be out there with 5 totally different two-tone coloration mixtures. Curiously, Mercedes designers say all the two-tone choices will function the lighter coloration on the underside half of the SUV, for the reason that darker tone up prime higher accentuates the automobile’s aerodynamics. On that be aware, whereas the bottom EQS SUV has a drag coefficient of 0.26, the Maybach variant is barely much less slippery. Daniel Lescow, head of Mercedes-Maybach, expects the SUV to return out round 0.29, however says issues might nonetheless change earlier than the EQS hits the highway. “We’re combating for 0.28,” he mentioned.
Maybach-specific design particulars embody vertical metal-look traces within the EQS’ fake grille and a Mercedes-Benz star decoration on the hood. The would-be air intakes on the decrease fascia have Maybach logos scattered all through, which form of seems to be like a Louis Vuitton purse. (That will or will not be intentional.) There’s a Maybach emblem on the D-pillar and the taillights have a singular operating mild sample. Mercedes-Benz says 21-inch wheels shall be normal when the Maybach EQS goes on sale. Bigger 22-inch wheels, in addition to a sixth two-tone paint possibility, will come on-line later.
Mercedes-Benz remains to be finalizing among the Maybach EQS’ official specs and gained’t but disclose the SUV’s battery capability. We’re betting it’ll be the identical – or proper round – 107.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack used within the EQS 580 SUV. With an electrical motor mounted at every axle, the Maybach EQS 680 is anticipated to provide 649 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, will increase of 113 hp and 67 lb-ft over the EQS 580, and similar quantity of energy to the Mercedes-AMG EQS sedan.
The Maybach may have the identical 200-kilowatt most charging velocity as the usual EQS SUV. Ultimate particulars as soon as once more unavailable, however Mercedes-Benz is at present estimating a variety of 600 kilometers – about 373 miles – on the optimistic European WLTP cycle. You possibly can depend on that spec to lower underneath the stricter EPA testing routine.
Naturally, the EQS SUV has a Maybach driving mode just like the one used within the GLS and S-Class Maybach variants. This successfully does no matter it takes to restrict physique motions – bettering the smoothness of the regenerative braking, muting the throttle response, adjusting the dampers to quell physique roll. That is the default drive mode whenever you begin the EQS 680, however Eco, Sport and Particular person applications are provided, too. There’s even an Offroad mode that may increase the SUV by as much as 1.4 inches. Due to course there’s.
The inside has quite a lot of adjustments befitting of such a swanky SUV, together with distinctive coloration, wooden and trim choices, in addition to a Maybach-specific design within the digital gauge cluster. Mercedes’ dashboard-spanning Hyperscreen infotainment system is normal on the Maybach EQS, as are a pair of 11.6-inch infotainment shows mounted on the entrance seatbacks for the rear passengers. As you’d count on, Mercedes is throwing all of its newest and biggest options on the EQS 680, together with a Burmester 4D encompass sound system, in a different way formed entrance seats with nicer leather-based, distinctive ambient coloration choices and even a Maybach-specific scent for the inside perfume system.
Talking of the again seats, they’re moved rearward within the EQS SUV to present passengers additional legroom. And naturally, if you happen to go for the two-seat rear association (significantly, why is there even a three-across bench possibility?), the seats recline, and the passenger-side chair has a footrest. Heating, cooling and massaging features are normal on the two-seat setup, and the lengthy middle console has room for all of your good units, in addition to the requisite champagne flutes. These seats are cozy, and straightforward to get out and in of. We might sit again right here all day.
On that be aware, of us who have to press their Maybach into cargo-hauling obligation will like that the small fridge may be simply eliminated with the pull of a deal with. House Depot doesn’t promote Veuve anyway. (We’ve requested.) Sadly, transferring the again seats eats into baggage house, so the Maybach EQS SUV has even much less cargo house than the already-challenged common model.
How a lot will all this velvety goodness value? That, too, stays to be seen. If we evaluate a Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 to a Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, there’s a $65,000 worth leap between these two SUVs. Related math turns a $127,100 EQS 580 (together with vacation spot) right into a $192,100 Maybach EQS 680. However once more, that’s only for reference. Ultimate pricing is TBD.
For higher or worse, nothing in regards to the Maybach remedy adjustments the enchantment of the EQS SUV. It makes the electrical crossover somewhat extra particular, however not remarkably so. Nonetheless, Mercedes-Benz has discovered success in making use of this Maybach remedy to its gas-powered automobiles and SUVs. It was solely a matter of time earlier than the EQ sub-brand acquired its luxe on, as properly.