2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road SUV First Ride Review

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road SUV – The factory was retooled recently to be able to accommodate both traditional Mercedes SUVs like the GLE-class, GLS-class, and the EQE and EQS-electric SUVs. These models are expected to be in production within the next few days. Both models will feature lithium-ion batteries manufactured at the new Bibb County battery plant. The EV SUVs are the foundation for a variety of new all-electric models featuring Mercedes EQ brandings, such as the EQB SUV and EQE sedan.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road SUV Concept

Despite the fact, that the company chose to keep all details about the new EQS SUV under wraps during our short drive we were able to witness them on the off-road course. We also got our first up-close-and-personal look at its undisguised interior, from the front passenger seat, at least. We were impressed with the initial impressions of Mercedes’ ride, even though we had reservations about its ability to travel almost entirely off-road. This vehicle is likely to be used on trails as often as Jeep Wranglers.

Engine

The EQS SUV shares a platform with the EQS sedan and a wheelbase. This is the second EQ model and the first SUV built on the modular EVO 2 platform. It measures 126.4 inches between its axles and draws power from a 107.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. The all-wheel-drive dual-motor configuration was used with an undisclosed output. It will likely have the same output as the EQS580 sedan with 516 horsepower and 631 pound-feet torque. The prototype EQS UTV was not available for launches or fast runs. We ran a few laps on a well-paved track. Standard air suspension provided a smooth ride and quiet cabin. The 21-inch wheels on our sample chariot had 275/45 front Pirelli Sottozero all-season tires and 285/45 rear Pirelli Sottozero all-season tires. Despite their large rims, the tires’ thick sidewalls provided plenty of cushioning and handling without any issues. The ride was not as intense as someone trying to find a Target parking space.

As the EQS SUV, we were riding on left asphalt, we thought it was time to show it off. It took us on a two-track dirt road. The EQS SUV’s hyper screen can play live video, which is a beautiful display. The headset is all that’s required to use it. The monitoring system detects a driver looking at the screen and will turn the screen off to ensure safety regulations have been met. Strangely, however, the driver was able to interact with other menus on the passenger screen while driving.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road Changes
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road Changes

Instead of looking at the entire infotainment system in detail, we watched the driver change the EQS SUV’s drive mode from Normal to Off-Road. We will wait to see if the suspension is raised to its maximum height. This also alters the characteristics of both the powertrain and the stability-control system. We then climbed up the hill until we reached a bank that lead down to some standing waters. The EQS climbed slowly down the hill to reach a bank that led down to some standing water. It then climbed a 42-degree incline, as indicated by an in-dash inclinometer, without any drama or wheelspin. The EQS’s ability to maneuver along the narrow, winding path was the most impressive feat. It could travel as far as 2.5m (8.2ft), at times, according to our sources. To aid in the machine’s maneuverability, standard rear-axle steering was used. It rotates the rear wheels at a maximum angle of 10 degrees.

Interior

A prototype EQS SUV was provided with untinted interior. It was the first time Mercedes has offered such an interior. Mercedes claims that the interior design is nearly identical to the EQS sedan’s, but there is more headroom. The SUV version has a second row and seven seats, which is not the case with its sedan sibling. The cabin’s quality and design impressed us. We are less impressed by the absence of physical switchgear. Nearly every control on the EQS SUV is touch-sensitive. It is difficult to imagine a world where buttons and knobs could be separated from their function.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road Interior
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road Interior

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Off-Road SUV Release Date & Price

Mercedes will unveil the 2023 EQS SUV on April 19. The SUV will be much more popular than its sedan counterpart, as it has less competition than the BMW iX and Tesla Model X. We expect that it will produce an AMG-tuned and Maybach ultra-luxurious model if the concept is any indication.