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New Mercedes-Benz EQS electric SUV – What you get for R2.9 million

Mercedes-Benz has launched a new electric SUV in South Africa, which can be yours for a minimum asking price of R2,726,100, or up to R2,759,300 if you want the seven-seater version.

The new model is an SUV version of the EQS Saloon – the flagship of its electric stable – and is the latest electric vehicle (EV) to arrive in the country following the recent introduction of the EQE SUV.

As such, the new EQS SUV is one of the most luxurious products you can purchase from the German automaker, being fitted with all the latest technology at its disposal.

This is what you can expect when getting behind the wheel of Mercedes’ opulent new EV.

What you get

The highlight of the new EQS is its second-generation MBUX infotainment system, which dominates the dashboard with a 12.8-inch media hub and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

This software allows the user to customize the various displays and even makes personalized suggestions for the user regarding numerous the media, comfort, and vehicle functions, such as adjusting the acoustics for the Burmester surround sound system.

Occupants are also treated to Neotex/Artico man-made leather seats (with electronic adjustability for the first two rows), heated front seats, four-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, and assistance items like blind-spot monitoring, active lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, active parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system.

This is in addition to a set of adaptive LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, and a generous boot with an hands-free electronic release that can accommodate a generous 570 litres even with seven seats, and up to 2,100 litres on the five-seater version – enough for  24 crates of mineral water or four golf bags, according to the manufacturer.

Powering the luxurious Mercedes is a 108.4kWh battery, which connects to an electric motor on each axle to deliver a combined output of 265kW and 800Nm.

This means the seven-seater SUV can still reach 100km/h in roughly 6.0 seconds, before capping out at a max speed of 210km/h.

It has a driving range of approximately 616km and takes as little as 31 minutes to charge from 10-80% with a 200kW DC socket, or 12.5 hours for a 100% charge with a standard 7kW AC plug.

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