Maybach's first EV will be the EQS SUV
Mercedes-Benz is going all-in on electrification. At the 2021 IAA, the German marque launched several EVs, including the EQG concept, a preview of the upcoming electric G-Class. It's no surprise then that their ultra-luxury division, Maybach, would also be doing the same. To give us an idea of what that will look like, the automaker introduced the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV concept.
Like the EQG, the Maybach EQS SUV is a near-production concept. It rides on the brand's new modular architecture for luxury- and executive-class electric vehicles. For reference, the EQS is the first model to utilize the platform, itself the brand's electric flagship.
The Maybach EQS SUV has a commanding presence, and it's thanks to the unique-looking front end. Since it is an EV, there's no grille, but it does have a massive panel with vertical pinstripes over a black background. It also features slim LED headlights instead of large units found on the EQS sedan. The opening on the bumper can be found on the bottom half, which features chrome louvers.
As for the rest of the SUV, it adopts a minimalist design with smooth lines flowing around. At the rear, there's a slim full-width LED taillight and a Maybach badge on the pillar. Then there's the color – a Maybach signature two-tone paint that consists of red and black.
This being a Maybach, the door handles are flush until the owner approaches, and the driver door opens automatically. The driver can then choose to open the rear door automatically as well.
Once inside, it's everything one would expect from a Maybach. According to the luxury marque, the cabin is inspired by yachts with piano white lacquer and materials in deep-sea blue paired with rose gold accents. It's matched with white leather seats with a unique design. While it may be an SUV, there are only two seats in the rear with loads of legroom, as well as a center console dividing the two. Each passenger also has their own monitor for rear entertainment.
It's not just rear occupants that are pampered. Front occupants are met with a large screen that extends the full width of the dashboard. The front passenger even has a 12.3-inch OLED display. It comes packed with all the latest tech currently available at Mercedes.
Mercedes-Maybach did not disclose details about its powertrain yet. However, the automaker claims it will have around 600 km of range. More importantly, a non-Maybach version of the EQS SUV will be introduced as well. It is scheduled to enter production in 2022, ahead of the Maybach.