Concept Corner: Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS
Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Maybach is to expand its product line with an all-electric SUV, and the Concept EQS is a preview of the brand’s first fully electric series-production model.
Based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz – so all-wheel-drive is likely and it will be able, the company claims, to deliver a range of 600km – the near-production concept has details that mark it out as a Maybach, including the two-tone paint finish and a luxurious interior that includes the Chauffeur Package.
The look and the luxury are where the Maybach is different – it has a unique design with that two-tone finish complemented by plenty of chrome trimming; pronounced wheel wells with cladding in high-gloss black; an upright black panel front that flows into the wraparound bonnet and headlights; and the vertical Maybach pinstripes and chrome-plated louvres on the air intake in the bumper.
There are 24-inch light-alloy wheels in the Maybach “bowl” design – with five short spokes and a flat centre section and, at the rear, a continuous helix light strip.
Another exclusive equipment option is provided by the automatic comfort doors front and rear. When the user approaches the vehicle, the door handles first extend. As the driver approaches further, the driver’s door opens automatically.
The inside is, as you’d expect, spectacular.
The front seats show parallels to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The First-Class rear suite with two individual seats – also inspired by the S-Class – offers the High-End Rear Seat Entertainment System.
Eye-catching up front is the MBUX Hyperscreen, with its huge, curved screen unit extending almost from A-pillar to A-pillar and which includes three screens under a glass cover that appear to merge into one.
While all the fine details are yet to be announced, there’s little doubt that, being a Maybach, the production EQS will be absolutely stacked to the limit with all the latest and greatest, top-notch connectivity, infotainment, and driver assistance and safety systems.
30 October 2021