The EQS SUV, the first all-electric Mercedes-Maybach vehicle scheduled for production, was first shown to the public almost a year ago. That car was a concept, but a week ago we got spy pictures of the first prototype seen in the open. Our friends at Motor.es have since created an unofficial rendering based on those pictures, giving us a sneak peek at the final product that people will actually be able to purchase.
This rendering ought to look very familiar if you’re familiar with the Maybach EQS SUV Concept. It heavily borrows from the concept, mostly because we don’t anticipate many production-related changes. The vertical chrome bars that set the brash Maybach “grille” apart from the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV should remain. The corner vents on the lower fascia have been modified to have rounded edges to better fit the automaker’s current design aesthetic. The bold Maybach grille could be slightly smaller than the concept thanks to a slightly larger central vent down low.
Compared to the concept, there will also be much less bling. We already know this because the August 5 prototype sighting showed a car with camouflage only on the front and rear. That is not to say that Maybach couldn’t offer bright chrome on the B- and C-pillars, but we believe the production model will be more subdued in that regard. The rendering does show spoke wheels and the traditional Maybach two-tone finish, which are features that are very likely to be used in production. Although the rendering doesn’t provide a clear view of the back, it is also quite possible that the taillights are contained in a single, narrow strip.
It is still unclear whether the interior has been improved over the Mercedes-Benz version. It’s safe to assume that all passengers will be seated on quilted leather in reclining seats with plenty of legroom. Digital displays will have Maybach-specific screens, and two electric motors with more than 500 combined horsepower should move everything forward. A single charge could provide a range of almost 400 miles.
As of now, there are no rumours about the release date. A reveal by the end of 2022 or early 2023 is undoubtedly feasible given that the Mercedes-Benz version debuted earlier this year and our most recent sighting involved a thinly disguised prototype. 2023 was mentioned during the concept’s introduction.