Mercedes has been spied in snowy Sweden putting the finishing touches on its first electric Maybach model. The official reveal must be right around the corner as there is hardly any camouflage on the prototype. We can already see the vertical slats shared with the S-Class and the luxurious GLS from where it will inherit the three-pointed star hood ornament. A double M logo hides behind tape on the rearmost pillar.
While the Maybach S-Class is longer than the Benz-branded model, the chic GLS has the same wheelbase as its little brother. Spy photos indicate it will be a similar story with the Maybach EQS SUV since it appears to be as big as the plebeian Benz EQS SUV. Although the distance between the axles should not change, passengers seated in the rear should benefit from greater comfort and conveniences.
As you may remember, the homonymous concept had two individual rear seats separated by a beautiful center console with a white piano lacquer finish and rose gold accents. Expect nothing but the best materials Mercedes and Maybach have to offer, plus all the tech they can cram into the opulent cabin of the electric SUV. Think about the differences between the Benz GLS and the Maybach GLS to get an idea of how the fancier EQS SUV will stand out from the more affordable version.
Chances are it’s based on the EQS 580 SUV, so there should be a pair of electric motors rated at 536 horsepower and 633 pound-feet (858 Newton-meters) of torque. In the Benz, the dual-motor AWD configuration allows a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
As a reminder, the Benz SUV EQS in the 580 configuration with its 107.8 kWh battery, travels 285 miles on a single charge on the EPA cycle and 613 kilometers under the WLTP standard. We expect the equivalent Maybach to post similar, if not identical, power, performance and range figures.