The electric family at Mercedes is growing again. With the Mercedes EQE SUV (official website), the long-established Stuttgart-based company is bringing the SUV version of its all-electric E-Class.
The EQE gets taller
Mercedes stays true to its electric strategy and once again brings an SUV variant of an already available electric car. After the automaker unveiled the SUV version of the EQS in April 2022, the EQE is now getting a matching SUV. If you now add the EQE AMG with 505 kW of power, the EQE will consequently soon be available in three different versions. The Mercedes EQE SUV relies on the underpinnings of the EQE as its technical basis. When it comes to battery technology, on the other hand, the Stuttgart-based company goes one step further. This is said to comprise 90.6 kWh and enable a range of up to 590 km.
Once the battery is empty, it can be charged with up to 170 kW via direct current, which seems a bit old-fashioned in the field of electric mobility. Only a time measurement will show whether this is a real disadvantage compared to Tesla and Co. Those who rely on charging via domestic AC can charge the Mercedes EQE SUV with a maximum of 11 kW in the basic version.
Should one be willing to pay extra, however, up to 22 kW should also be possible. Currently, more and more automakers are introducing in-house plug-and-charge options. For example, also the Czech company Skoda. Accordingly, it is not surprising that the Mercedes EQE SUV should also be able to offer this feature. Here, you simply have to plug the electric car into the charging station and the charging process starts immediately. This makes for greater convenience and should create new incentives, especially for e-car muffleheads.
A somewhat different SUV
The Mercedes EQE SUV is said to offer a choice of five different powertrains. The top version is, of course, once again an AMG variant. Among other things, this should be able to offer a so-called Race Start, which unlocks a boost for a short time. During this lightning start, 505 kW of power and 1,000 Nm are to be temporarily possible, which is to lead to acceleration from 0 to 100 within three and a half seconds.
Not only the top speed of 240 km/h sounds sporty. Compared to the classic EQE, the wheelbase is said to have shrunk by 9 cm. However, one should not have to worry about sufficient space in the electric SUV. The trunk is said to hold 520 liters. If you fold down the rear seats, you even get a trunk volume of 1,675 liters. According to Mercedes, the shorter wheelbase should result in agile handling of the electric car.
Accordingly, the Stuttgart-based company also describes its Mercedes EQE SUV as “agile and maneuverable” in its public presentation – a unique selling point that other e-SUVs have not yet offered. To get the most out of agility and maneuverability, the Stuttgart company also offers matching accessories. For example, the Mercedes EQE SUV can be fitted with rear-axle steering and an adaptive air suspension. The rear-wheel steering, which is already known from the EQE and EQS, is worth considering, especially for city dwellers. After all, the turning circle should be reduced by just under two meters here.
Interior is comfortable
Of course, Mercedes does not disappoint with the interior of the upcoming E-SUV. In the first pictures, the Stuttgart-based company once again proves that comfort plays a major role for them. Especially the chic hyperscreen knows how to please again. However, when it comes to features, the traditional brand makes it clear that this is not the S-Class, but “only” the E-Class.
This is likely to manifest itself primarily in the fact that, as with the EQE, the hyper-screen will come at a hefty extra cost. Consequently, you will probably have to buy the huge display in the E-SUV as well for a surcharge of just under 8,500 euros.
Price and availability
In December, the assembly lines for the production of the Mercedes EQE SUV should start rolling. Thus, the Stuttgart-based company promises that the first models of the E-SUV will roll over German roads as early as the first quarter of 2023. It is not yet known how high the costs for the attractive electric car will be. However, experts assume that there will be significant additional costs compared to the normal EQE. Those who opt for full equipment will therefore quickly end up with costs of around 100,000 euros.