In a bit of a confusing move, we’re greeted with a concept Maybach version of the Mercedes-Benz EQS at the IAA Mobility motor show. And no, it’s not that egg-shaped luxury sedan, but rather what looks to be the cream of the electric-SUV crop for the EQ line.
The Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS has an interesting look to it. Being massive is the name of the game here, with a big grille adorning almost the entire face (and a chin that sort of resembles Thanos’s face), large 24-inch alloy wheels in the Maybach “bowl” design, and a lightbar that spans the rear end of the car. It’s finished in a two-tone black-and-red paint job with chrome accents. The EQS SUV definitely has road presence, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Passengers are greeted by the automatically opening doors (because having a chauffeur do it for you is so passé), offering a sight of an interior that would make even the most spoiled of people gasp in excitement.
Calling it first-class would be an understatement as the cabin is draped in bright whites, dark blues, and a very flashy “fashion-inspired, progressive textile” that can be found gussying up the rear seating area. Combine that with oodles of rose-gold accents, immense amounts of ambient lighting, and “faux fur” carpeting, and you’ve got something that might make the Sultan of Brunei do a double take.
The cockpit features the Mercedes Hyperscreen, a floating-center console, and an interesting yoke-style tiller for the chauffeur. But the real star of the show is the rear seats where owners would spend most of their time.
Aside from the ultra-plush chairs, there is a Burmeister surround-sound system, and a yacht-deck-inspired console offering plenty of space for utensils, folding tables, champagne goblets, and a refrigerated compartment. It’s so fancy that there is a dedicated flower-vase insert, something that even the most exclusive Rolls-Royce cars don’t have.
There are no specifics on performance or battery capacity, but Mercedes says that the standard EQS SUV is good for around 600km. Expect the Maybach version to do a little less with all of that added luxury tacking on weight to the car.
Of course, the people who would be buying this Maybach SUV wouldn’t care about the price tag. But if you’re worried that this vehicle is too expensive for you, you can always go for the (slightly) less pricey Mercedes version that is expected to go into production in 2022.