You wouldn’t expect an opulent SUV seemingly fit for affluent suburbanites to arrive at a rough, daunting Colorado trail. Yet here it is, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV – with its left front wheel hanging 18 inches off the ground and its passenger rear wheel suspended in the full rebound! This remarkable vehicle keeps perfect balance even as one corner of its front end reaches maximum jounce.
Stepping out of the vehicle, it’s clear this luxury SUV is unfazed by its off-road predicament; with ease, the door opens and closes as if all four tires were situated on a leveled surface plate. It’s inspiring to witness such strength in spite of the car’s 6,000+ pound weight! This instance stands out because it demonstrates that this SUV will never find itself in an average consumer’s hands – which makes its performance here even more extraordinary.
In 2021, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its EVA2 electric vehicle architecture with the EQE midsize and EQS full-size sedans. Now, they are proud to present their first SUV iteration of this powerful platform: The 2023 EQS SUV is available for purchase now.
Vehicle development chief Holger Enzmann revealed that the EVA2 architecture was initially developed in 2015 with the intention of it being strong and robust enough to fulfill the requirements for all vehicle classes, from sedans to SUVs. Furthermore, its strength would also enable two-tracking beyond traditional off-roading capabilities.
For those in the US market needing a quick refresher on EVA2, it’s important to note that it is offered with two wheelbase options, 122.8-inch and 126.4-inch for added versatility. The EQE sedan has been built using the shorter chassis and contains a 400V 10-module battery array of 91 kWh capacity whereas both the EQS sedan & SUV have an extended wheelbase housing 12 lithium-ion modules in total – 107.8kWh for sedans and 108.4kWh for SUVs respectively – all being manufactured at Mercedes’ plant located in Alabama state.