Like the sedan presented at the IAA, the EQE SUS would also be based on the purely electric EVA platform and would probably also take over the drives from the EQE - at least the all-wheel drive. Due to the changed body concept, the SUS would be taller and beefier according to the report - and would offer more space than a sedan. At the same time, the vehicle would be less bulky than an SUV. How the SUS stands out from SUV coupes, such as those offered by Mercedes in the combustion engine series GLC and GLE, is unclear.
According to the "Handelsblatt", there are two strategic considerations behind the EQE SUS: On the one hand, the new body variant could be an attempt to "counter the globally declining business with conventional sedans with something new". On the other hand, an exclusive China model would enhance the local joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) together with BAIC. Daimler is apparently trying to take over the majority in BBAC, similar to BMW with BMW-Brilliance. According to this, building a completely new car class should "help with the mission".