Maybach unveils its first all-electric SUV

Mercedes gave a preview of the Maybach EQS 680 SUV at the Shanghai Motor show
Extensive use of chrome throughout
Extensive use of chrome throughoutMercedes-Benz group

Wraps are off the first all-electric Maybach! Dubbed the EQS 680, the car is based on the Mercedes EQS 580, but for the Maybach, with so much interest in SUVs, the company has decided to launch the SUV first. Expectedly, the new EQS 680 is as luxurious as anything else on the market. The vehicle runs with the help of two electric motors that produce 641bhp and 950Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 exterior

There is no shortage of opulence as the brand goes electric. On the top of the grille is the upright Mercedes star, something that was skipped in the sedans. The Maybach name appears on the centre chrome line that connects the two headlamps which display a special light show when you enter and leave the car. The car comes with a lot of Mercedes-specific elements like the black front panel and the vertical chrome lines on the Maybach radiator grille. The chrome lines are extended to the lower air intake as well. The radar sensor is now inbuilt and completely hidden from the eye. Chrome is used extensively throughout and can be found around the windows and lower door linings, on the rear apron, and the spoiler lip as well. You will find an EQS badge on the front window triangle and the Maybach sign on the D-pillar. You get an option of 20 or 21-inch rims that sport the Maybach name on the hubcaps. Around the rims are the wheel arches finished in gloss black. The rear gets a continuous light strip too with similar animation as the front. From the factory, you get five dual-tone options and the single-tone colour options are also available, but Maybach' are all about customisation so you will get the option to choose the colour you like.

Lights display special animation on startup
Lights display special animation on startupMercedes-Benz group

Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 interior

The Maybach treatment is seen heavily on the inside. You get three screens that show special Maybach animation on startup. You also get an option of three different display styles including an exclusive Maybach style specifically made for this model. Rear seats also get 11.6-inch touchscreens with navigation controls. The rear tablet comes as standard and can be used outside of the car as well. The car also offers gesture controls. The sound system includes 15 speakers, and you also get Dolby Atmos immersive audio experience with the standard Burmester system. Nappa leather comes as standard and is sustainably processed for the first time in a Mercedes vehicle. Like the front seats, the standard Executive seats are equipped with ventilation, massage function, and neck and shoulder heating. Being a Maybach, you also get a bottle chiller which can be taken out to increase space.

The EQS 680 comes standard with Nappa leather
The EQS 680 comes standard with Nappa leatherMercedes-Benz group

Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 powertrain and chassis

The car runs with the help of two electric motors placed on the rear wheels that supply power to all four wheels. The motors have a combined output of 641bhp and 950Nm of torque and go from 0 to 100kmph in 4.4 seconds. The top speed is 210kmph and the claimed range is 600km. The AIRMATIC air suspension with continuously adjustable damping is standard. You can raise the level of the vehicle by up to 35mm to increase its ground clearance. Rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to 4.5 degrees is also standard. You get 5 driving modes in which the Maybach driving program replaces the standard comfort mode. Other than that, you get Eco, Sport, Offroad, and Individual.

Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 rivals

The price hasn’t been announced yet but expect it to be much more expensive than the EQS 580 sedan it is based on. There is no direct rival to this car but seeing how the luxury EV space is escalating, we expect some rivals soon, especially from the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

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