Mercedes-Benz has truly embraced making luxury EVs.
Apart from building electric crossovers like the EQA, EQC and even a zero-emissions minivan dubbed the EQV, Mercedes-Benz has also been busy with electric saloon cars. This all started when the company first revealed the EQS. Essentially serving as an electric S-Class, the EQS is the flagship EV luxury sedan of the company's EQ lineup.
But could Mercedes-Benz do better with another electric sedan apart from the EQS?
The automaker did just that when they revealed the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE at the 2021 IAA. Slotting below the EQS, the all-new EQE is basically an electric E-Class. But instead of giving the EQE its own unique look, it seems Mercedes-Benz decided to (heavily) borrow styling cues from the EQS.
Upon first glance, it's easy to see why some might mistake the EQE as the flagship electric sedan. From nose to tail, the EQE looks like a miniature version of the EQS. While they may look similar, the EQE is actually shorter as it measures 4934mm long (the EQS measures 5265mm long). It also has a shorter wheelbase which comes in at 3122mm, 88mm shorter than the EQS'.
Like the EQS flagship sedan, the EQE features a similar interior with white leather seats and the massive 56-inch curved glass called Hyperscreen that extends from the instrument panel all the way to the dashboard. The glass actually incorporates 3 individual screens - a 12.3-inch for the multi-info display/gauges, a 17.7-inch unit for the touchscreen infotainment, and another 12.3-inch display for the front passenger.
As with all Mercedes-Benz models, it runs on the company's latest MBUX system. Not only does it support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it also comes with a navigation display, Bluetooth, points-of-interests, voice command, as well as other media functions. Other key features available in the new EQE electric sedan include a Burmester surround sound system, individual climate control, massage function for the front/rear seats, and LED ambient lighting.
A 90.6 kWh battery pack powers the EQE's 215 kW electric motor. This translates to a system output of 288 PS with 530 Nm of torque. Rear-wheel-drive comes as standard but all-wheel-drive is available which adds an extra motor mounted to the front axle. With the standard battery pack, Mercedes-Benz claims the EQE has a range of 660 km based on the European WLTP cycle.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz EQE is expected to start for European and US markets sometime in mid-2022. In the future, we can expect a Mercedes-AMG version of the EQE that packs more horsepower and torque than standard.