The Mercedes-Benz booth has been filled with plenty of new concepts and unveilings as the company displays the next stages of its transition to full electrification at the ongoing Munich Motor Show. There are several models among all these, but one stands out among the others as prominent: the new Mercedes EQE electric saloon, the second car to be built on the EVA2 platform following the EQS, a larger and more luxurious model. The Mercedes EQE will compete with electric vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. In a similar way to how the EQS is the Mercedes S-Class equivalent, the EQE is the Mercedes E-Class equivalent.
The EQE’s silhouette carries the same characteristics as the EQS flagship, with its black design, a cab-forward silhouette and short overhangs at the front and rear. The EQE is said to demonstrate its “athletic character” with its pronounced rear haunches, wheel sizes ranging from 19-21 inches, and “sensual purity” achieved by minimizing joints, transitions, and body lines.
The EQE has been engineered to be aerodynamically efficient, with Mercedes claiming a very good figure because of its smooth underbody, secure panel gaps and closed-off grille. Due to its shorter overhangs and standard steel suspension, it is not quite as aerodynamic as the EQS, but its aerodynamic improvements have been particularly intensively evaluated. Mercedes even offers 19-inch and 20-inch ‘air wheels’, including one with almost a fully closed surface.
Mercedes’ EQE, which is the first 100% recycled steel car, is 270mm shorter than the EQS, measuring 5,496mm long. It also features an 80mm longer wheelbase than the E-Class, measuring 3,120mm. The company notes that its dimensions are comparable to those of the CLS 4door coupe, and the boot lid folds down rather than one on top of the other.
Besides the exterior design similar to that of the EQS, the interior includes one of the 1,410mm-wide ‘Hyper screen’ infotainment displays available on the larger car. In addition to covering the entire dashboard, the MBUX operating system’s high-definition screen provides users with “zero layers” of access so they don’t have to cycle through multiple menus and buttons. In Europe, ‘dynamic content’ is automatically dimmed on the 12.3-inch OLED display of your front passenger so as not to distract you while driving.
System updates and upgrades will be made available over the air from launch, adding features such as the “Roaring Pulse” sound mode (broadcasting a huge range of combustion engine sounds), specially designed driving modes for novice drivers and technicians, and upgraded headlight technology. Furthermore, the flat-floored EQE omits the transmission tunnel and replaces it with a floating center console, which is mirrored by controls for the seats and doors on the door panels.
EQE claims to be one of the quietest vehicles among its class, according to Mercedes. In addition to the bespoke uprated seals for the door handles, mirrors and windows, a foam coating fills various cavities and insulates the electric motors. In addition, a subtle trim element is located at the base of the A-pillar, improving airflow and keeping the side windows clean.
From launch, the EQE 350 will be available in two drivetrain variations: a rear-mounted motor delivering 288hp and 530Nm and a second option that is as yet undisclosed. While performance details have yet to be revealed, Mercedes claims its permanent magnet motor delivers high power density, high efficiency and high power stability.
In AMG EQE 53 trim, 4Matic variants could match the 751 horsepower of the most potent EQS variant. A rear-wheel steering system, derived from the S-Class, can reduce the turning circle by as much as 1.8m on each model. Air suspension derived from the S-Class suspension is also available for all models.
On the WLTP cycle, the EQE features a 10-cell, 90kWh (usable) lithium-ion battery offering an expected range of 545-660km, giving it a greater range than most rivals, at least in the more efficient rear-driven configuration. A single charge of the EQE can add up to 250 km of range in about 15 minutes. The EQE’s regenerative brakes charge it on the move at speeds up to 170kW, so it can take one pedal to accelerate at its highest setting.
Mercedes Benz Plans For India:
Mercedes launched the GLC-based EQC in India in 2020. We can expect to see the EQS sedan on our shores next year. Moreover, Mercedes is planning to establish a manufacturing facility in India for its EQ models.