Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV now available in Europe

Almost a year after the model was unveiled, Mercedes-Maybach’s first electric model is now available to order in Europe after its debut in the US. But of course, the privilege doesn’t come cheap…

The Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV tries to combine Maybach’s experience in extreme luxury with some sustainable touches to match the model’s all-electric drivetrain. It features things like sustainably sourced leather (but not vegan leather), which comes from land that does not contribute to deforestation, and a less resource-intensive tanning process.

3-ton behemoth

The drivetrain is unique to the Maybach model and features two electric motors that deliver a combined 484 kW (658 hp). This allows the 3.1-ton electric SUV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hour in just 4.4 seconds. Thanks to a massive 118 kWh battery pack, the WLTP range reaches 612 km.

But the enjoyment comes from the rear seats, not behind the steering wheel. There are (optional) ‘First-Class’ rear seats, where the center console extends to the rear and includes thermal cup holders, folding tables, and a fridge for the ever-important bottle of champagne.

The best seats in the house are located in the rear, with all of the comfort options of the front seats, but with a ‘First-Class’ center console and the option to lay back /Mercedes-Benz

Special Maybach suspension

The rear-seat entertainment system, consisting of two 11.6-inch screens in the front seats’ backrests, is standard, as is the Burmester 4D surround system with 15 speakers. The rear seats also feature heating, cooling, and massage functions.

Airmatic air suspension is standard, allowing for a raised ride height of 35 mm. The rear axle can also steer up to ten degrees, which reduces the turning circle. In addition, the ‘Comfort’ driving mode is replaced by a special ‘Maybach’ mode, which ensures minimal body movement under the rear seats thanks to an oscillation node.

The MBUX Hyperscreen with passenger display is standard in the Maybach EQS SUV, while the UI elements get a rose gold touch /Mercedes-Benz

It is the most expensive Maybach of all

But, of course, all of this luxury does not come cheaply. The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV has a Belgian starting price of €215,380, making it the most expensive Maybach model in the range (there’s also the combustion-powered S-Class and GLS) and about €90,000 more costly than the regular Mercedes EQS SUV. However, it is a somewhat unique option in the market, as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other high-end luxury rivals do not yet have an electric SUV in the range.


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