Update: ‘Design’ and ‘Interior’ sections updated with EQE SUV vs. GLE SUV comparison tables.
The Mercedes EQE SUV, the fourth bespoke electric vehicle from the German brand, debuted on October 16, 2022. The multipurpose variant of the EQE, as Mercedes-Benz describes it, provides a pure electric alternative to the Mercedes GLE. However, it’s a five-seater SUV with no option to have a third row of seats.
The Mercedes EQE SUV is a baby EQS SUV with a similar fluidic design but smaller dimensions that make it more suitable for the city. Compared to the GLE, the softer character and contemporary design build a unique appeal for the electric car.
The EQE SUV measures 191.6 inches in length, 75.5 inches in width (with flush-fitting door handles), and 66.4 inches in height. It’s more compact than the EQE, with a 3.5-inch shorter wheelbase measuring 119.3 inches.
|Dimension\Measurement||EQE SUV||GLE SUV||Difference|
|Length||191.5 in.||194.3 in.||-2.8 in.|
|Width||76.4 in.||76.7 in.||-0.3 in.|
|Height||66.4 in.||70.7 in.||-4.3 in.|
|Wheelbase||119.3 in.||117.9 in.||+1.4 in.|
The Mercedes GLE’s electric alternative features a low and short front section. It has a deep black faux radiator grille with a 3D star pattern, curvy headlamps with the characteristic Mercedes eyebrow DRL, an A-shaped lower air intake integrated into a simulated underguard, and black fins on the side intakes.
LED High Performance headlamps are standard, and Digital Light technology is available as an optional extra. Digital Light enables the projection of warning symbols or auxiliary markings onto the road and more coming-home/leaving animations. 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.
On the sides, the EQE SUV features 19-21″ wheels with aero-claddings, EQE branding on the A-pillars, electronically operated flush door handles (standard), and 3D chrome trim (standard)/running board (optional). Also, note the streamlined design of the A-pillar and the short overhangs. Overall, the EQE SUV bears a striking resemblance to its brother at this angle, but none compared to the GLE, just as Mercedes-Benz Group CDO Gorden Wagener indicated at the ‘Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: The Economics of Desire’ held on May 19, 2022:
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, on the design of the EQE SUV (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: The Economics of Desire on May 19, 2022)
Flowing surfaces and smooth transitions dominate at the rear, in line with the fluidic theme of the exterior. A continuous light strip stretches across the width, with its technical-looking LED lights featuring the shape of a curved and illuminated 3D helix. The backup camera has been discreetly placed behind the three-pointed star, which keeps it secured and protected from dirt.
In addition to these details, we have noted that the EQE SUV has reduced panel gaps compared to gasoline-powered Mercedes SUVs. Mercedes-Benz has used extensive underbody paneling, which is one of the many aerodynamic details on the exterior. The EQE SUV has a drag coefficient of 0.25 Cd.
The interior design of the Mercedes EQE SUV is the same as that of the four-door EQE. The large electric SUV offers 39.4 inches of headroom in the front and 39.3 inches of headroom (with sliding sunroof) in the rear. The driver gets 60.6 inches of elbow room, which should make driving comfortable. The rear-seat passengers have 40.5 inches of legroom.
The EQE SUV offers 18.4 cu.-ft. of luggage space behind the rear seats, or 20.5 cu.-ft. if you set them in approx. 10° steeper in an optional cargo position. Folding down the rear seats gives 59.2 cu.-ft. of trunk volume. Do note that these are measurements as per VDA and the SAE figures applicable to the U.S.-spec model could be different. There’s no large engine block, but Mercedes-Benz hasn’t used the space under the hood to offer a frunk in the EQE SUV.
|Dimension\Measurement||EQE SUV||GLE SUV||Difference|
|Headroom (front/rear)||39.4 in./39.3 in.||40.5 in./39.6 in.||-1.1 in./-0.3 in.|
|Legroom (front/rear)||TBA/40.5 in.||40.3 in./40.9 in.||–/-0.4 in.|
|Load Volume (second-row seat backrests up)||18.4/20.5 cu.-ft.||33.3/39.3 cu.-ft.||-14.9/-18.8 cu.-ft.|
|Load Volume (second-row seat backrests folded)||59.2 cu.-ft.||74.9 cu.-ft.||-15.7 cu.-ft.|
In the U.S., Mercedes-Benz has indicated that it won’t offer the SUV with the MBUX Hyperscreen. It says that the U.S.-spec EQE SUV “is standardly equipped” with the 12.8″ OLED central display and a 12.3″ instrument cluster. For reference, the MBUX Hyperscreen setup available in Europe consists of a 12.3″ instrument cluster, a 17.7-inch OLED central display, and a 12.3″ passenger display.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t revealed the interior of the EQE SUV for the U.S., but it has confirmed that the configurations without this feature have a slightly different center console. As you see in the picture of the base EQE (below), the U.S.-spec EQE SUV would mimic the layout of the S-Class. It should feature a free-standing digital instrument cluster and a floating portrait touchscreen.
The Mercedes EQE SUV features a HEPA filter with OFI Quality Seal ZG 250-1 certificate. Located under the hood, it cleans the incoming outside air by removing fine particles (PM 2.5 to PM 0.3), microparticles, pollen, and other harmful substances. Activated carbon coating on the HEPA and cabin filter reduces sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as odors.
Pre-entry climate control
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. Customers can pre-set the cabin temperature via Mercedes me or via the vehicle’s central display. It is 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 should also activate as part of this process.
Acoustic Comfort Package
This optional feature reduces 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 are also a part of the noise reduction package.
Burmester sound system & soundscapes
A Burmester sound system with Dolby Atmos sound format is standard in the U.S.-spec EQE SUV. Mercedes-Benz hasn’t detailed it, but it should be the same unit that is optionally available in the U.S.-spec EQE. Comprising 15 speakers, 15 separate amplifier channels, and 710 watts of system output, this system produces three-dimensional surround sound.
Two soundscapes are also part of the standard equipment: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. Roaring Pulse and Serene Breeze are available to purchase and download over the air.
Active fragrancing system
The EQE SUV features an active fragrancing system as part of an Air-Balance package. Mercedes-Benz has developed a special fragrance for this model: Hibiscus and lemongrass (called No.6 MOOD hibiscus).
Battery & Motor
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t revealed the battery pack and powertrain details of the U.S.-spec EQE SUV. The Euro-spec model comes in EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, and EQE 500 4MATIC variants with a common 90.6 kWh battery pack and three different powertrains.
The EQE 350+ is a RWD variant with a single motor producing 215 kW and 565 Nm of torque at the rear. The EQE 350 and EQE 500 are AWD variants sporting two motors, with the additional unit spinning the front wheels. The EQE 350 gets 215 kW and 765 Nm of torque, while the EQE 500’s powertrain generates 300 kW and 858 Nm of torque. Mercedes’s American line-up could be dominated by the 4MATIC variants, but the RWD EQE 350+ could be strategic in bridging the gap to the EQB.
The EQE SUV has an AC on-board charger positioned above its rear axle. It allows charging at up to 9.6 kW. Also fitted on board is a DC fast-charging system with a charging capacity of up to 170 kW.
Charging at a DC fast-charging station for 15 minutes should provide a WLTP range of 220 km. On a full charge, Mercedes-Benz expects the EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, and EQE 500 4MATIC to deliver a WLTP range of 590 km, 558 km, and 547 km, respectively. The maximum EPA-est. range of U.S.-spec EQE SUV could be around 300 miles.
Plug & Charge
The EQE SUV supports “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, 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)
Mercedes-Benz offers a rear-axle steering system with up to 10° of steering angle as an option on the EQE SUV. This system enhances 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.
|Aspect\Specification||EQE SUV 350+||EQE SUV 350 4MATIC||EQE SUV 500 4MATIC|
|Width (conventional handles/flush-fitting handles)||76.4 in./75.5 in.||76.4 in./75.5 in.||76.4 in./75.5 in.|
|Height||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||119.3 in.||119.3 in.||119.3 in.|
|Trunk Volume with rear seats upright (VDA)||18.4 cu. ft./20.5 cu. ft.||18.4 cu. ft./20.5 cu. ft.||18.4 cu. ft./20.5 cu. ft.|
|Trunk Volume with rear seats folded (VDA)||59.2 cu.-ft.||59.2 cu.-ft.||59.2 cu.-ft.|
|No. of Motors||One||Two||Two|
|Power||215 kW (288 hp)||215 kW (288 hp)||300 kW (402 hp)|
|Torque||565 Nm (417 lb.-ft.)||765 Nm (564 lb.-ft.)||858 Nm (633 lb.-ft.)|
|DC Charging Power||170 kW||170 kW||170 kW|
|15-minute DC Charging Range (WLTP)||220 km (137 mi)||220 km (137 mi)||220 km (137 mi)|
|Range (WLTP; company-est.)||590 km (367 mi)||558 km (347 mi)||547 km (340 mi)|
|Towing Capacity||750 kg (1,653 lbs.)||1,800 kg (3,968 lbs.)||1,800 kg (3,968 lbs.)|
Production of the U.S.-spec EQE SUV will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant, which is responsible for the global production of the EQS SUV. Production of the EQS SUV at this facility started in August 2022, and the EQE SUV will join in December 2022. Batteries will be made by Mercedes-Benz in Bibb County, close to the plant.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will likely start arriving at U.S. dealers in Q1 2023 (January-March 2023). Expect prices to begin at around USD 75,000.
Mercedes-Benz expects approximately 50% of sales in the U.S. to come 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 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.
While the Mercedes EQS SUV turned out to be an expensive piece of technology, the Mercedes EQE SUV, also backed by local production, would have the potential to appeal to a wider band of customers with more accessible pricing. With the rising popularity of high-riding vehicles, the EQE SUV should comfortably outsell the four-door EQE, and perhaps even the GLE by the end of the decade!
Mercedes EQE SUV FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQE SUV release date?
The EQE SUV will likely start reaching U.S. dealers in Q1 2023 (January-March 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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