Mercedes-Maybach has revealed its first all-electric concept, the EQS, at the Munich motor show.

    Based on the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, it’s a near-production one-off featuring all the classic Maybach elements.

    “With the Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS, we’re transforming the brand into an electric future after 100 years,” said Daimler Group chief design officer Gordon Wagener.

    The Concept EQS rides on the same Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) as the Mercedes-Benz EQE and the EQS fastback.

    Classic Maybach features such as chrome pinstripes and garnishes, chrome-cladded louvre grille and Maybach “M” on the D-pillar are shown off on the Concept EQS.

    It features a two-tone paint scheme, with Obsidian Black metallic on the upper of the vehicle and Zircon Red metallic on the lower.

    There’s also gloss black wheel arch cladding drawing attention to the high-riding nature of this EQS SUV over the fastback variant.

    On the concept there are 24-inch alloy wheels featuring Maybach’s “bowl” design, with five short spokes and a flat centre section.

    Just like the EQS fastback, there are the flush door handles that present themselves when the driver approaches the vehicle.

    The driver’s door also opens automatically, with remote functionality available for the other doors.

    Previously camouflaged in spy pictures, the Concept EQS features a rear LED light strip that connects the two tail lights similarly to the EQA and EQC.

    Optional on the EQS fastback, the Concept EQS features the Hyperscreen that utilises three separate displays.

    Measuring more than 141cm wide and spanning from A-pillar to A-pillar, it encompasses the digital instrument cluster, central touchscreen and front passenger display.

    This will also feature Maybach-specfic display styles and content.

    The luxury manufacturer has finished the interior in white and dark blue, with rose-gold accents and chrome garnishes around the cabin.

    In the back there are two executive-style seats to choose from, along with ambient lighting, a vase insert, faux-fur floor covering and a large storage space.

    Owners of the production model, when released, will have the option to deck out the backseat space with folding tables, a box of champagne goblets or a refrigerated compartment.

    Mercedes-Maybach has claimed the Mercedes EQS SUV architecture has a possible range of 600km according to the WLTP standards.

    It’s expected that the production-ready Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV will use the same powertrains as the EQS fastback.

    Two EQS fastback models will be offered at launch: the EQS 450+ and the EQS 580.

    The EQS 450+ uses an electric motor on the rear-axle producing 245kW of power and 568Nm of torque, with the EQS 580 featuring dual-motor all-wheel drive producing 385kW and 855Nm.

    Both powertrains are fitted with a 108kWh battery pack.

    This EVA has a 400V electrical architecture, capable of charging at speeds of up to 200kW from ultra-rapid DC charging stations.

    The Concept EQS isn’t the only vehicle the Daimler group has shown off at the Munich motor show, with the unveiling of the EQS 53 AMG, the EQE, and the Concept EQG.

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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