- Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its response to the Audi e-tron and BMW iX.
- The EQE SUV range will initially include three models, and an AMG model will be launched in 2024.
- Built in Alabama, the EQE SUV will arrive in showrooms in 2023.
Unveiled ahead of the 2022 Paris Auto Show, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV strengthens the German company’s presence in the growing luxury electric vehicle segment. It features a futuristic exterior design and an interior brimming with tech features, and it will launch with three powertrains. In future, the EQE SUV will also spawn Mercedes-AMG’s first electric premium model.
Just as the EQE is an electric alternative to the E-Class, the EQE SUV lands as the GLE’s battery-powered counterpart. It measures 191.5 inches long, 76.4 inches wide and 66.4 inches tall, slightly shorter and lower than its gasoline-powered sibling. His weight has not yet been released.
Visually, the EQE SUV shares key styling cues including short overhangs, long wheelbase and flowing overall design with the EQS SUV, from which it borrows its platform. It is instantly recognizable as one of Mercedes-Benz’s electric cars. Many finer design details are also EQS-like, including a black panel where you’ll find a grille on a petrol SUV and an LED light bar that extends to the rear.
While buyers can configure the GLE with seven seats, the EQE SUV is only available in five seats. It offers 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space with both rows of seats up and 59.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. Mercedes-Benz says it focused primarily on comfort when designing the seats.
The dashboard mirrors the EQE sedan with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen for the familiar MBUX infotainment system, which includes navigation software that takes into account the charging stops and driving style when calculating the fastest path to a given destination.
Over-the-air technology promises to allow owners to set up a à la carte EQE SUV while allowing Mercedes-Benz to generate additional revenue. Motorists will have the option to pay to activate various features after taking delivery through the Mercedes Me store. of mini-games, additional returning home and leaving animations and an intriguing Romance mode. The company will expand its digital shelf of post-delivery options in the coming years.
At launch, buyers will have a choice of three EQE SUV versions: 350+, 350 4Matic and 500 4Matic. The base 350+ has a single electric motor that zaps the rear wheels with 288 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Selecting the 350 4Matic adds a motor to the front axle and boosts torque to 564 lb-ft, though power remains flat, while the top-end 500 4Matic offers a dual-motor system rated at 536 horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque. Reaching 60mph from a standstill takes 6.3, 6.2 and 4.6 seconds respectively, according to Mercedes, while top speed is set at 130mph regardless of variant.
Each EQE SUV is built on a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Mercedes-Benz expects the SUV to achieve a range of around 342 miles when tested using the WLTP cycle used in Europe, which tends to lean towards the optimistic side of the scale, and the EPA has not tested the model. Again. Charging from 10 to 80 per cent takes around 32 minutes with a 170kW fast charger, and the drivetrain can recharge to some degree thanks to three levels of braking energy recuperation.
Mercedes-Benz designed the EQE SUV more as an all-terrain vehicle than a Moab-conquering off-roader, but the all-wheel-drive models offer an “Off-Road” labeled ride profile and the air suspension system. optional allows the driver to add approximately one inch of ground clearance at the push of a button. The options list also includes a rear axle steering system that turns the wheels up to 10 degrees for better handling.
Built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV will reach dealerships nationwide in 2023. Pricing has not been announced, but the model will have the BMW iX, Audi e-tron and the Polestar 3 in sight, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that its base price will be around $80,000.
AMG’s first electric SUV
Mercedes-Benz has already announced plans to expand the EQE SUV range. The model will transform into Mercedes-AMG’s first electric SUV for the 2024 model year by adopting a sportier exterior design, a number of interior changes and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain available in two tuning states.
The familiar Panamericana grille ensures you don’t have to be a seasoned car watcher to tell the AMG model apart from the Mercedes-Benz branded version. Designers have also added body-color trim to the wheel arches and created specific 21- and 22-inch wheel designs, but there is a much lower degree of differentiation between the two EQE SUVs than between the standard GLE and its AMG counterpart.
Upholstered in MB-Tex or leather, the interior has a distinctly sportier flavor characterized by an AMG Performance steering wheel with paddles used to select one of three levels of braking energy recuperation, illuminated pedals, as well as AMG-specific graphics in the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system. The AMG EQE SUV gets the same basic MBUX software as the standard EQE, but comes optional with the giant Hyperscreen setup that spans the entire dashboard.
While the AMG variant of the EQE SUV uses the same 90.6 kWh battery as the standard models, it boasts a sub-four-second sprint from zero to 60 mph thanks to a pair of motors rated at 617 horsepower and 701 lb-ft. of torque. If that’s not enough, buyers can order an optional AMG Dynamic Plus package that boosts those numbers to 677 and 738, respectively. The powertrain remains compatible with 170 kW fast charging, although Mercedes-AMG has not released a range estimate for the US market. AMG also argues that going electric doesn’t mean the end of triple digits highway races: The EQE SUV tops out at 137mph in its standard configuration and hits 149mph with the AMG Dynamic Plus package.
Torque distribution of the on-road all-wheel-drive system varies depending on driving style, road conditions and selected drive mode. AMG notes that the transmission becomes rear-biased in “Sport” and “Sport+” and configures itself for maximum efficiency when the driver selects “Comfort” mode.
Beyond the drivetrain, AMG made sure the EQE SUV was worthy of its logo by adding a firmer suspension system, active roll stabilization technology instead of anti-roll bars, and front brake calipers. six-piston. It also created a rear wheel steering system that turns the rear wheels up to nine degrees as standard.
Pricing information will be released closer to the on-sale date of the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV.
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