Mercedes debuts the Maybach EQS SUV with more power, range and luxury

Can’t get over the huge fake grill.

Mercedes today revealed the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV, an electric SUV based on its excellent EQS SUV. On this edition, buyers get ultra-luxury details including special cup holders designed to hold champagne flutes.

Back on the grill. The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is packed with historic Maybach design cues: two-tone paint, imposing wheels, a proper hood ornament and, yes, a filigree slatted grille even though it’s electric and there’s no radiator. to protect.

The interior is packed with upscale features including wood paneling, front and rear massaging seats, and more pillows than my bed. The dash sports three large screens (same as the standard EQS) with one each for the instrument cluster, center console, and passenger. This EQS edition is the first Mercedes vehicle to use vegetable-tanned leather with coffee bean husks as tanning agents. Mercedes is also interested in explaining her leather selection process, stating in a press release that her “leather supply chain is free of any form of illegal deforestation and grazing areas do not contribute to the danger or loss of natural forests.” “.

This Maybach version of the EQS has the same overall dimensions as its Merc sibling, but the powertrain is significantly more powerful. Power is increased in the Maybach Edition with an AWD, twin-motor affair that makes 649 hp and 700 lb-ft. That’s a significant increase from the standard Mercedes version that packs up to 536 hp and 633 lb-ft. Electric range is also longer, with a provisional WLTP range of 372 miles on a charge. Top speed is 130 mph and it takes 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph.

Even with the impressive powertrain, Maybach buyers may not care how this vehicle feels to drive. After all, Maybach owners don’t drive their Maybachs. Maybach owners sit in the back and their chauffeur drives. To that end, the back seat looks like a lovely spot for a road trip. The rear seats are more luxurious than the front seats and are equipped with ventilation, massage functions, and heating for the neck and shoulders. If Executive Rear Seat Package Plus is selected, the vehicle comes equipped with a calf massager, and when the rear seat reclines, the front passenger seat automatically moves forward for more legroom. There’s even an optional fridge compartment, folding rear tables and a special compartment for storing the aforementioned champagne glasses.

Compared to the standard EQS, this version looks like a vehicle worthy of the Maybach name, even if it has a questionable front end. It boasts a significant increase in range and power, and is equipped with enough luxury amenities to satisfy even the most ostentatious oil tycoon. Pricing has yet to be released; don’t expect a bargain.

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