Update: ‘Specifications’ section updated with details about Mercedes-Benz’s new 89 kWh battery pack.
The Mercedes-EQ offensive that will witness six new EVs entering the market began with the Mercedes EQA in January 2021. The Mercedes EQE SUV will mark the conclusion of this wave of new-age EVs when it arrives at the end of the year.
The first spy media to come out late last year show that the Mercedes EQE SUV is a baby EQS SUV. Images of prototypes indicate a similar fluidic design, but with short overhangs. The reduced length (4,850 mm or 190.9 in. as per an Autocar report) and height is the noticeable difference between the upcoming electric SUVs. The dimensions should make the EQE SUV more suitable for the city, and compared to the GLE, the softer character and a contemporary design would build a unique appeal for the EQE SUV.
CarPix spy photographer Stephen (via Instagram) snapped an EQE SUV without camouflage (view images on InsideEVs) and shared its pictures in March 2022. These images revealed what was expected: the EQE SUV’s front-end would look similar to the EQE, and its proportions would be similar to its big brother, the EQS SUV.
The GLE’s pure electric alternative features a deep black faux radiator grille, curvy headlamps with the characteristic Mercedes eyebrow DRL and the S-Class family-signature three light modules, an A-shaped lower air intake, and black fins on the side air intakes at the front. On the sides, the EQE SUV features aero wheels, EQE branding on the A-pillars, and electronically operated flush door handles.
At the ‘Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: The Economics of Desire’ held on May 19, 2022, we saw a new teaser of the EQE SUV. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Mercedes-Benz Group, revealed a picture of the upcoming electric SUV’s silhouette, which, unsurprisingly, bears a striking resemblance to its big brother. Here is what Wagener said about the electric SUV:
It is very different (compared) to GLE. It is much sleeker, much more sporty, much more aerodynamic, and therefore it really stands for the SUV of the future.Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Mercedes-Benz Group (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: The Economics of Desire on May 19, 2022)
The EQE SUV has a sleek and sporty design in dimensions smaller than the rather boxy Mercedes GLE. The hood and front overhang are short, and the rear is smoothly rounded, as represented in our render (above).
The EQE SUV’s headlamps are slimmer than those of the GLE, and they harmoniously blend with the closed panel, where the latter has a radiator grille. A light band at the top of the closed panel, which is taller than that of the GLE’s grille and features a 3D star pattern, connects the headlamps at the same height as their DRL strip. The sporty bumper houses three ‘intakes’ and features black trim. On the sides, large 22-inch aero wheels fill up the wheel wells. Squarish wheel arches, sleek greenhouse, sloping roofline, and flush door handles form the other visual highlights interpreted in our rendering.
Video Source: YouTube/walkoARTvideos
YouTube channel walkoARTvideos has posted a spy video (embedded above) showing one of the camouflaged EQE SUV prototypes during testing. In addition to the details mentioned above, we have noted that the EQE SUV has reduced panel gaps compared to conventional (ICE) Mercedes SUVs.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will feature headlamps with Digital Light optionally. 1.3 million micro-mirrors help refract and direct the light of six LEDs (three in each headlamp). The resulting resolution is a whopping 2.6 million pixels, and this high resolution allows a highly precise light distribution. The headlamps can project auxiliary markings or warning symbols on the road ahead and greet the occupants with coming-home/leaving animations.
Mercedes-Benz Group has filed applications for triple-digit alphanumerical trademarks for EQE XXX from 250 all the way up to 600, suggesting a slew of variants at various price points and range options are planned throughout the lifecycle. There are trademark applications for EQE 43, EQE 53, EQE 55, and EQE 63 names, which it could use for the AMG offerings. According to a report from autohome.com.cn, the electric SUV’s range will include an EQE SUV 350.
The Mercedes EQE SUV should get the same battery packs and motors as the EQE sedan, and an identical wheelbase (122.9 inches). Mercedes-Benz Group initially announced the latter only in one variant: EQE 350. The EQE 350 has a single motor generating 215 kW (288 hp) of power and 530 Nm (391 lb.-ft.) of torque for the rear wheels.
The U.S.-spec EQE 350 uses a 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, which consists of ten cell modules and provides a WLTP range of 660 km (410 miles). Expect the same battery pack in the EQE SUV, but the bigger and heavier body would lower the range.
The EQE 350’s system voltage is 328.5 volts, and the maximum DC charging capacity is 170 kW. It takes 32 minutes to charge from 10 to 80% level at a DC fast-charging station. 15 minutes of DC fast-charging can unlock WLTP range of 250 km (155 miles). An 11 kW AC three-phase on-board charger comes standard, and it allows topping up the 90 kWh battery pack in 8 hours 25 minutes. Optionally, customers can specify their EQE 350 with a 22 kW AC three-phase on-board charger that reduces the charging time to 4 hours 25 minutes. These figures should be representative of the EQE SUV as well.
In Germany, Mercedes-Benz uses an 89 kWh battery pack in the EQE 300 and the EQE 350 single-motor RWD variants of the EQE. The EQE 300’s motor generates 180 kW (241 hp) of power and 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft.) of torque, while the EQE 350’s motor produces 215 kW (288 hp) of power and 565 Nm (417 lb.-ft.) of torque. The 89 kWh battery pack delivers a WLTP range of 550-639 km (342-397 miles) in both RWD variants.
In June 2021, a report from jesmb.de had said that the EQE may come with a 72 kWh battery pack consisting of eight cell modules as a lower option. Mercedes-Benz could announce this option by 2023. The smaller battery may deliver a range (WLTP) of around 510 km or 317 miles, as per the report. The EQE SUV with the 72 kWh battery pack may have a range (WLTP) of approximately 450 km (280 miles). We’re not expecting the smaller battery in the U.S.-spec EQE SUV.
Spy pictures have revealed that road-testing of a performance variant of the EQE SUV is underway in Europe and that it will be available with rear-wheel steering. That could be the AMG EQE 53 SUV, arriving in showrooms a few months after the standard variant.
Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV
It appears that Mercedes has already started testing the go-faster variant of the electric SUV, gauging by spy photos posted in early-Feb 2022 by InsideEVs. Besides the AMG badges and grille, the Mercedes AMG EQE 53 SUV should feature a number of performance-oriented modifications, including an enhanced thermal management system, beefier brakes, a tuned suspension, and aerodynamically optimized alloys.
Mercedes-AMG may fit the EQE 53 SUV with a 90.6 kWh battery pack and two motors producing 617 hp and 701 lb.-ft. of torque as standard. An optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package and boost function should allow temporarily increasing the power and torque to 677 hp and 738 lb.-ft., reducing the 0-60 mph acceleration time by a fraction to under 3.5 seconds and significantly increasing the top speed to around 150 mph. The EPA-est. range of the EQE SUV’s AMG variant could fall between 275 and 300 miles.
Plug & Charge
The EQE SUV would support “Plug & Charge,” a feature that simplifies the charging process at public charging stations. Charging starts immediately after the user plugs in the charging cable. There’s no requirement for authentication or any other step in the process. Mercedes me Charge processes the payment automatically, and so, charging the EV becomes a one-step process.
Once you arrive at the charging station, the brand new feature “Plug & Charge” simplifies the complete experience: Plug in, charge, unplug – just as easy. No authentication is required and the payment automatically runs in the background without any additional hassle or action. Plug & Charge will go live with the market launch of the EQS this year.Sajjad Khan, former Chief Technical Officer, Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)
Bi-directional charging should be available in the Mercedes EQE, although it may be limited to Japan, where CHAdeMO is expected to be the charging system used. The upcoming electric SUV should be ready for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Home applications.
Highlights of the specifications may include rear-axle steering as well, which would enhance the vehicle’s maneuverability in the city by reducing its turning circle with counter-steering. On highways, same-direction rear-wheel steering would provide more stability and confidence, especially during sudden maneuvers.
No fancy digital outside mirrors
The Mercedes EQE SUV would not have digital rearview mirrors. It is unlikely that the Mercedes EQE SUV and other Mercedes electric car model would feature virtual mirrors like the Audi e-tron or the Genesis GV60 luxury electric SUVs.
Speaking to Autocar, Wagener said that digital mirrors aren’t a smart idea. Conventional mirrors give the driver a direct response, and while digital mirrors are aerodynamically efficient, they eat up a lot of power. Digital mirrors don’t make sense, especially on electric cars, because of their high energy consumption, he said. Perhaps when electric car batteries evolve to get very powerful, Mercedes could revisit the decision.
The Mercedes EQE SUV could reimagine car interior for executive SUVs, with a new level of digitalization and minimalism. The EQE should be the reference point, which borrows the theme from the EQS that debuted the MBUX Hyperscreen. There’s no doubt about the EQE SUV getting the MBUX Hyperscreen as an option.
Three high-resolution screens would merge almost seamlessly under a single real glass cover, leaving the impression of a futuristic widescreen and covering a width of over 141 cm (55.5 in.) on the dashboard. The driver display or the instrument cluster would measure 12.3 inches diagonally, while the central display, an OLED touchscreen, would measure 17.7 inches diagonally.
The front passenger would be able to enjoy dynamic content on their dedicated 12.3-inch OLED touchscreen. The display will automatically dim if the camera monitoring the driver detects distraction (if the driver is looking at that display). When there’s no front passenger, it will become a digital decorative image, for which the driver would have selections.
Without the Hyperscreen
The base equipment line without the MBUX Hyperscreen would have a slightly different center console. As you see in the picture of the base EQE below, the base EQE SUV would lack the 12.3-inch passenger display. It would still look plenty stylish, mimicking the layout of the S-Class. It would feature a free-standing digital instrument cluster and a floating portrait touchscreen. These screens would not sit under a glass cover, and they would clearly appear to be separate units. The dashboard would feature a curvy shape similar to the EQE with MBUX Hyperscreen, though. It may have references to the brand’s star logo with a three-dimensional star pattern on the passenger side.
Active Ambient Lighting
Active Ambient Lighting may complement the highly digital interior by illuminating it with the most suitable color, as per the selected driving mode. While the car would operate in silence, the driver and passengers would experience what goes on with the powertrain, like boost and energy recovery, with color feedback. The driver assistance systems and Energizing Comfort programs would also communicate with the occupants visually using this feature, which we expect to be optional.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will likely be available with a HEPA filter with OFI Quality Seal ZG 250-1 certificate. Located under the bonnet, it would clean the incoming outside air by removing fine particles (PM 2.5 to PM 0.3), microparticles, pollen, and other harmful substances from it. Activated carbon coating on the HEPA and cabin filter would reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as odors.
Pre-entry climate control
The customer would be able to pre-set the cabin temperature via Mercedes me or via the vehicle’s central display. It would be possible to heat or cool the cabin during charging so that the energy for performing this function comes from the grid and doesn’t affect the driving range. The seat heating and seat ventilation functions would also activate as part of this process. The Thermatic two-zone automatic climate control should be a standard fitment, and the Thermotronic four-zone automatic climate control system should be available as an option.
Acoustic Comfort Package
This optional feature would reduce the cabin noise to improve comfort. This is possible by using laminated glass on the front side windows and additional insulation inside the vehicle. Various wind deflectors, covers, and seals with improved geometry on the panoramic roof would also be a part of the noise reduction package.
Burmester surround sound system
For the audiophiles, Mercedes-Benz Group may offer a high-end audio system from Burmester as an option in the EQE SUV. Comprising 15 speakers, 15 separate amplifier channels, and 710 watts of system output, this system would produce three-dimensional surround sound. On specifying the Burmester audio system, the company may include special soundscapes also in the equipment. The EQE’s Silver Waves and Vivid Flux soundscapes could be on board, and Roaring Pulse could be available to download from the Mercedes me store.
The wide range of optional packages available for the EQE SUV may include Energizing Package and Energizing Package Plus. The former would include Energizing Comfort and the Air-Balance Package with fragrancing, ionization, and air filtration. The Plus version would add driver and front passenger seat climate control, steering wheel heating, and Front Multicontour Seat Package to that list.
SAE Level 3 autonomous driving-ready
The Mercedes EQE SUV should be hardware-ready for SAE Level 3 autonomous driving. Right from launch, it could feature pre-installation for Automated Valet Parking that enables it to park and unpark fully automatically and driverless in car parks. With Drive Pilot, it could drive itself at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph) in traffic or on compatible highway sections.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will celebrate its world premiere this year, Mercedes-Benz Group confirmed in July 2021. The Autocar report mentioned in the Design section says that the car would make its debut in November 2022 at the Guangzhou Auto Show. China may get locally produced EQE SUVs instead of U.S.-built units. It would be potentially the EQE SUV’s biggest market initially, and Mercedes-Benz Group is already conducting road-testing there, spy shots from autohome.com.cn have revealed.
The U.S. could be among the first markets to get the EQE SUV. The U.S. launch could take place in the first half of 2023, with prices starting at around USD 75,000. We assume that the EQE SUV is not in Mercedes’ 2022 U.S. business plan, as the announcement made on January 7, 2022, did not list the SUV in its launches for the year.
Next year we will present SUV versions of our EQE as well as of our EQS. All these cars will provide high range, first-class comfort and impressive dynamics.Britta Seeger, BoM member – Marketing and Sales, Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz AG, at the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive, July 2021)
Mercedes-Benz expects approximately 50% of its sales in the U.S. to start coming from EVs by 2030, company officials disclosed at its national dealer meeting in June 2022. According to Automotive News’ dealer source, the company aims to deliver as many as 45,000 electric vehicles in 2023. Another dealer source said that Drew Slaven, the company’s marketing chief in the country, told dealers that national ads till 2024 will focus “almost exclusively” on electric vehicle models and technology. 300+ Mercedes-Benz USA dealers have prepared themselves for the brand’s EV offensive by investing in charging infrastructure and equipment.
Mercedes EQE SUV FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQE SUV release date?
The EQE SUV could debut at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show in November and arrive in the U.S. in the first half of 2023.
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What is the estimated Mercedes EQE SUV price?
The EQE SUV could have a starting price in the region of USD 75,000.
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