2023 Mercedes EQS SUV prototypes caught testing on a rainy day

Mercedes kick-started the “EQ” assault with the EQC in 2019 as an electric adaptation of the GLC crossover. Several other zero-emissions models have been launched since then, including the EQA and EQB, which also have their roots in crossovers originally developed with combustion engines. At the same time, the EQE and EQS sedans are ushering in a dedicated EV platform, which will also underpin this – the EQS SUV.

Previewed earlier this month at the IAA show in Munich by the Maybach EQS SUV concept, the high-riding version of Mercedes’ flagship electric car has now been spotted testing on a rainy day in Germany. Several prototypes have been captured on camera, and there’s a pretty good chance at least one of them is a regular Benz-branded EQS SUV.

The production model is unlikely to change too much compared to the concept before it, save for some larger headlights and taillights along with bigger side mirrors. Even though the test vehicles are covered in camouflage, it’s easy to see the overall shape is quite similar to that of the Maybach EQS SUV concept, which isn’t all too surprising since the IAA showcar already looked nearly ready to hit the assembly line.

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The massive 24-inch wheels of the concept are unlikely to be offered on the production model, but a 22-inch set is probably going to be offered considering this size is already available for the EQS sedan. More practical and heavier than the regular model, the SUV version could be offered exclusively with a dual-motor setup with AWD since a single-motor, RWD configuration doesn’t seem enough for an EQS SUV, especially if we’re talking about the posh Maybach model.

At least one AMG version is probably in the pipeline taking into account the sedan was showcased in Munich in a high-performance EQS 53 specification with a massive 751 hp (560 kW) and 752 lb-ft (1,020 Nm) of torque. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume a hardcore EQS 63 is in the offing, with even more power to take on the forthcoming Tesla Model X Plaid.

Mercedes has confirmed plans to unveil the production-ready EQS SUV in 2022 when it will also unveil the smaller EQE SUV. Come 2024, the company’s electric SUV lineup will be extended furthermore with a road-going EQG serving as an EV derivative of the legendary G-Class off-roader.

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