It is with their interiors, though, that the new EVs will impress the most, according to Mercedes insiders.
One senior manager privy to the final design of the EQS SUV told us: “The interior will offer a compelling argument to buy this car. It sets new standards for Mercedes.”
The EQS SUV is set to offer a 108kWh lithium ion battery pack in combination with two motors, together developing up to 516bhp and 630lb ft of torque in the strongest of the planned standard four- wheel-drive models, the EQS 580 SUV 4Matic.
This model will form the basis of Maybach’s first EV, which is set to take the EQS 600 SUV name to reflect its subtle power hike.
The smaller EQE SUV is set to use a 90.6kWh lithium ion battery pack with the choice of either a rear-wheel-drive single-motor or four-wheel- drive dual-motor layout.
The cheapest version, the EQE 350 SUV, will offer 288bhp and 391lb ft of torque, according to our sources.
Although Mercedes has promised 800V charging compatibility in future EQ models, both the EQS SUV and EQE SUV will have an electrical architecture operating at 400V.
The EQS SUV and EQE SUV are planned to be produced at Mercedes’ US factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which currently builds the similarly positioned but conventionally powered GLE and GLS SUVs.