US-built Mercedes EQE SUV not getting virtual mirrors

Daimler isn’t sold on the idea of digital outside rearview mirrors in cars yet. It is unlikely that the Mercedes EQE SUV and other Mercedes electric car models would feature virtual mirrors like the Audi e-tron or the Genesis GV60 luxury electric SUVs.

Speaking to Autocar last month, Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler, 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, Wagener explained. Digital mirrors don’t make sense, especially on electric cars, because of their high energy consumption, he said. Perhaps when electric car batteries evolve in the coming years, Mercedes could revisit the decision.

The Mercedes-EQ offensive that will witness six new EVs entering the market began with the Mercedes EQA in January. The Mercedes EQE SUV will mark the conclusion of this wave of new-age EVs when it arrives next year.

A recent report from JESMB said that the Mercedes EQE SUV deliveries will commence between September and December 2022. Perhaps the report was talking about the launch in Germany, and as the Mercedes EQE SUV is to come from the Tuscaloosa plant (Alabama), deliveries in the United States might commence a bit earlier. The same factory will manufacture the Mercedes EQS SUV from next year, and production preparations for the dedicated EVs at the site are underway, JESMB added.

Prototypes of the Mercedes EQE SUV are in advanced stages, with their design signed off for production. The Mercedes EQE sedan is codenamed V295 and the EQE SUV is the Mercedes X294.

Later this year, the EQS luxury sedan will be unveiled and the S Class-equivalent Mercedes electric car will debut the new MEA electric platform for the brand. The same platform will underpin the EQE twins, thus differentiating the EQE SUV from the EQC which is based on a modified GLC platform.

The EQE SUV and sedan will feature four-wheel drive variants owing to an electric motor at each axle. However, a cost-efficient, rear-wheel-drive-only Mercedes EQE could also be on the cards. The AWD EQE variants could see power and torque at 400+ hp and 760+ Nm, with the long-range models targeting a 600 km range.

Triple-digit alphanumerical trademarks for EQE XXX from 250 all the way up to 600 have been applied for by the automaker suggesting a slew of variants at various price points and range options. There are trademark applications for EQE 43, EQE 53, EQE 55, and EQE 63 names as well, which it could use for the AMG offerings. The EQE SUV may get the same variants as the EQE sedan. It will be able to pack in up to a 100 kWh battery, as per reports.

Expect the EQE SUV to be priced around USD 75,000 when launched, and the EQE sedan could start from around USD 67,000.

The display image and the video below could be of the EQS SUV, but expect a similar design, scaled down, on the EQE SUV.

Video courtesy: WalkoART Youtube channel

Mercedes EQE SUV FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQE SUV electric release date?

The Mercedes EQE SUV is expected in U.S. market during the second half of 2022.

Which electric cars are considered Mercedes EQE SUV rivals?

The EQE will rival the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, and upcoming BMW iX and Range Rover electric.

What is the estimated Mercedes EQE SUV electric price?

The Mercedes EQE SUV would have a starting price in the region of USD 75,000.