2023 Mercedes EQS SUV starts at $105,550, EPA range up to 305 miles for US-made EVs

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday confirmed the price and trim levels for its upcoming all-electric flagship EQS SUV in the United States. With the announcement, Mercedes gave a first indication of the expected EPA range of the model line, estimated between 285 and 305 miles.

In US-market form, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV gets model numbers and designations that match those of the EQS sedan. Slated to be built in Alabama, the EQS SUV will be offered in EQS 450+ (single-motor rear-wheel-drive), EQS 450 4Matic (twin-motor all-wheel-drive) and EQS 580 4Matic (also dual-motor AWD) versions.

All three will be offered in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trims, each offering “innovative technologies and luxurious EQ-specific features,” as well as various customization options.

In base EQS 450+ Premium form, the EQS SUV starts at $105,550 (including a $1,150 destination charge) and includes Mercedes’ Driver Assistance Package featuring expanded active safety features, a leather upholstery with heated and cooled front seats, a panoramic roof, rear-axle steering, ambient lighting and Burmester sound. Exclusive trims add a head-up display, “quick-heat” front seats with massage, four-zone automatic climate control, and more, while the top-of-the-line $111,800 Pinnacle gets a second-tier Executive Package. row, a second-row center armrest with wireless charging and a rear shelf for the infotainment system.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

For each of the three trim levels, there’s a $3,000 range up to the AWD EQS 450 4Matic, or $21,550 from the base price up to the EQS 580 4Matic. That brings the cost of a top EQS SUV 580 4Matic Pinnacle to $133,350.

The EQS SUV is the third model, after the EQS sedan and the upcoming EQE hatchback, built on Mercedes’ Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), which incorporates the company’s latest, more efficient electric propulsion technology. Output figures vary greatly between single and dual engine versions. The 450+ makes 355 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, while the 580 4Matic makes 536 horsepower and 633 lb-ft. Mercedes has yet to confirm the release of the 450 4Matic in US spec.

The SUV has the same 107.8 kWh battery as the EQS sedan and can charge up to 200 kW, ensuring the same charging time from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes. Mercedes has announced that it will offer two years of free 30-minute DC fast-charging sessions on the Electrify America network.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

The longest range in the range, at 305 miles, is expected from the base EQS 450+ SUV. It doesn’t quite rival the EQS sedan’s range of up to 350 miles, but with its extra space and height it’s likely to be an attractive compromise for many buyers. As of this writing, the EPA has not verified the EQS SUV numbers.

An optional third row will accommodate up to seven people. Off-roading is another strong point. An off-road mode will display steering angle, ride height, elevation and location coordinates, and a new head-up display will work in conjunction with its functionality.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

The MBUX infotainment system comes with a revamped navigation system claiming to incorporate ‘electrical intelligence’ meaning it will help plan the quickest and most convenient route which includes charging stops, changing dynamically along the way depending on traffic or driving style, and integrating topography, ambient temperature, speed, etc. It also claims to integrate charging station availability and payments.

As the brand pointed out this week, there’s still a whole slate of all-electric models on their way to US dealerships this year. This includes the much more affordable three-row EQB 250+, the entire EQE sedan range (including the AMG EQE performance version) and this EQS SUV.

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