2023 Mercedes EQS SUV Mixes AMG Line Design and Alpine Gray for Performance Look

German automakers make everything sound super-complicated and advanced. However, the all-new 2023 Mercedes EQS SUV has just made its debut, and its best features are the simple, streamlined design and cool technology.

During the launch event, Mercedes showed two slightly different versions of the 2023 EQS SUV. However, nobody really pointed out the main differences between the two, even though one looks way more interesting than the other.

The white prototype was the EQS SUV 450+, while the grey one came in EQS SUV 580 4Matic flavor. There are obvious performance differences between the two, but the design changes too, through optional features that you have to pay extra for.

The EQS SUV uses the same platform as the EQS sedan. So you might think the AMG design of the SUV is shared with the EQS 53 4Matic sedan. However, that’s only partly correct. The two have similar specs, but the SUV boasts the optional AMG Line design.

For the EQS Sedan, the AMG design can be added to any of the normal models, either by ordering an Edition 1 which costs about $20,000 more, or the AMG Line exterior package retailing for about $5,000 in Germany.

AMG versions of both these EQS models have much larger side air intakes channeling air towards the brakes. There’s a tint to the fascia, and it generally looks more aggressive. The 20-inch wheels are also specific to this car.

Powertrain-wise, the normal EQS SUV 450+ is said to have only one motor (at the back) producing 355 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque (568 Nm). Meanwhile, the EQS 580 4Matic SUV adds another motor over the front, and together they produce 536 hp and 633 lb-ft of torque (858 Nm).

Even though they look compact, these are large 3-row SUVs, similar to the GLS-Class. The dual-motor is heavier than a G63 AMG but should be pretty agile thanks to standard air suspension and rear-wheel steering.

Both versions make a bit more power than the equivalent sedan

And they should hit 62 mph (100 kph) in about 6.2 and 4.7 seconds, respectively. However, in combination with the less aerodynamic body, this is likely to reduce efficiency. Mercedes hasn’t given precise range estimates; it just said “600 km” which is 373 miles, noticeably less than the fish-like EQS at 479 miles (770 km). Still, they all make the EQS seem like a joke. Speaking of range, this has a 108 kWh battery pack. It has 200 kW charging abilities and a 22 kW onboard DC charging system.

Nardo Gray will always be my favorite color in the world, so I immediately noticed the similar shade on the EQS SUV. It’s called Alpine Gray and is available on the EQS 53 AMG already. I think the debut of this shade came with the new SL-Class a few months ago.

The interior is possibly the most futuristic of any vehicle currently in existence. Three screens sit under a large, flat dashboard, the one in front of the passenger being optional. Mercedes showed the EQS SUV with a new wood trim design for the console, though it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. They’re going to have AMG seats, carbon fiber trim, and dozens of leather combinations for you to blow money on.

For the best view of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580, we’ve skipped the official footage in favor of videos from Mr. Benz and RoCars. Check them out below!



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