It’s fair to wonder why Mercedes-Benz has launched an SUV version of what is already an accomplished electric saloon, but the simple fact is that premium SUVs outsell regular cars. As such the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV fills the mid-sized, premium SUV area of the market, offering all the tech and most of the performance of the saloon but in a package that will appeal more to European and US consumers.
Mercedes is offering the EQE with two power levels and three distinct powertrains in regular form, or alternatively buyers can opt for the high power, AMG-tuned variant. At the lower end of the spectrum are the EQE 350+ and EQE 350 4MATIC cars. These share the same total power of 288bhp but the 350+ is rear-wheel drive and produces 417lb-ft of torque, whilst the 4MATIC gets Merc’s all-wheel drive setup and 564lb-ft.
At the top end of the non-AMG cars is the EQE 500 4MATIC which has 402bhp and 633lb-ft thanks to its dual motor powertrain, but move up to the AMG 43 and 53 4MATIC and power jumps to 687bhp (for a limited time in the ’53), with the same 633lb-ft. In its ultimate form, the EQE SUV hits 62mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph.
In all cases, the battery has a useable capacity of 90.6kWh, enabling the least powerful model to travel up to 366 miles on a charge, reducing to 346 miles for the 350+, 340 for the 500, and 303 for the AMG. Charging can be done at a DC maximum of 170kW or via the on-board charger, which is 11kW AC as standard, or 22kW as an option.
At 4863mm long and 1940mm wide, the EQE SUV is around 80mm shorter than the saloon. It’s still a relatively large SUV, however, and is similar in size to a Range Rover Velar.
Merc reckons the EQE combines function with sportiness and purpose, and marks a ‘turning point’ in its class. Overhangs are short both front and rear, whilst the new blanked out grille and lights at the front end have been maintained on the car. The rear has distinctly raked C-pillar and sloped rear end in a departure from other Mercedes SUVs, making it look sportier in profile. Various aero features are brought over from other models in the Mercedes electric range, meaning a minimum drag coefficient of Cd 0.25 has been achieved.
Underneath, the EQE has four-link suspension up front and multilink at the rear, with AIRMATIC airs suspension and ADS+ damping available as an option. Merc reckons the EQE is agile for its size, something which can be aided by specifying rear axle steering.
The latest MBUX operating system and adaptive software comes standard, whilst those with deeper pockets can spec the MBUX hyperscreen. This merges three displays seamlessly into one for a total screen width of 141 centimetres. Front seat passengers have an optional 12.3 inch OLED display with its own user interface which automatically dims if the driver looks towards it – negating potential distractions. Over-the-air updates will continually build on and expand what is available to owners.
To help occupants feel better whilst inside the car, ‘Energizing air control’ and ‘Energizing comfort’ functions work with the air filtration and interior comfort features – such as lighting and audio – to enhance the occupant experience.
An extensive range of driver assist systems includes attention assist, active brake assist, active lane keeping, parking package with reversing camera, and speed limit assist. Further options are available through the Assistance and Driver Assistance Plus packages.
There’s no official word on price or date when available, but mid-2023 for hitting showrooms with a price tag of at least £90,000 seems likely.
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