Mercedes-Benz EQE EV SUV unveiled; powertrain, platform, design, features

The EV SUV will compete with the soon-to-be-refreshed Audi e-tron and the BMW iX.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQE SUV in three versions and two AMG versions. It will be the eighth electric model from the German automaker and the second most expensive EQ model, sitting below the EQS SUV.

  • All models come with a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Will be the fourth model based on Mercedes’ EVA platform
  • Mercedes’ Hyperscreen will be available as an option

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: platform

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV will be the brand’s fourth car based on the brand’s EVA (electric vehicle architecture) platform, following the EQS sedan, Sedan EQE and the SUV EQS.

Standard EQE models get a steel suspension with adaptive damping and an option to upgrade to air suspension – standard on AMG models. Further developments include active electromechanical roll stabilization and four-wheel steering – the latter turning the rear wheels up to ten degrees (nine degrees on AMG models).

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: powertrain

The entry-level EQE 350+ SUV will come with a single-motor rear-wheel-drive setup producing 292PS and 565Nm of torque, with a WLTP-certified range of up to 590km. Above is the EQE 350 4Matic, which also produces 292hp, but has 765Nm of torque and a WLTP range of up to 558km. The EQE 500 4Matic, which is the top model of the non-AMG version, develops 408 hp and 858 Nm of torque, and a range of up to 547 km on the WLTP cycle. The EQE 350 4Matic and EQE 500 4Matic come standard with a twin-motor all-wheel-drive system.

The Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ will also receive a Dynamic Plus package.

The Mercedes-AMG version of the SUV has two versions – EQE 43 4Matic and EQE 53 4Matic+ – and both get a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The first produces 476 hp and 858 Nm, with a range of up to 488 km on the WLTP cycle. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a claimed 4.3 seconds and reach a claimed top speed of 210 km/h.

The top of the range Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ develops 625 hp and 950 Nm of torque. It also gets a Dynamic Plus package which boosts power to 687PS and 1,000Nm. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 240km/h, with the pack DynamicPlus.

All models feature a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery that supports up to 170 kW of DC fast charging speeds.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: exterior and interior

Stylistically, it closely adheres to the look established by the larger EQS SUV, but with a more steeply sloping roofline and sloping tailgate. AMG models receive their own individual styling cues, including a new Panamerica-style grille, redesigned bumpers and unique wheel designs.

The five-seat SUV will have a choice of two different dashboard layouts. The flagship ‘Hyperscreen’, which supports up to three individual screens in a single 1410mm wide front panel, is expected to be made available as a high-cost option.

The displays work in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz’s in-house MBUX operating system, which offers voice commands via a “Hey Mercedes” prompt as well as over-the-air software update functionality via an integrated SIM card.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: rivals

The EQE SUV will rival the soon-to-be-refreshed Audi e-tronand the BMW iX Electric SUVs. While both of its rivals are available in India, there is no confirmation on when the EQE will be available here.

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