USA-bound Mercedes EQE SUV: Everything we know as of Jan 2022

Update: ‘Release Date’ section updated.

In the announcement about the production commencement of the EQS’s battery packs at the Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart-Hedelfingen plant last year, Daimler released a photograph in the deck of its EV line-up (set as the featured image) that will be unveiled by the year-end.

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.

Baby EQS SUV

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 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.

Video Source: YouTube/walkoARTvideos

YouTube channel walkoARTvideos posted the spy video (embedded above) showing one of the camouflaged EQE SUV prototypes during testing. In addition to the baby EQS SUV-like silhouette, we note that the EQE SUV gets the signature Mercedes eyebrow, which forms the striking daytime running light signet, flush door handles, shiny aerodynamic wheels, and reduced panel gaps compared to conventional (ICE) Mercedes SUVs.

Digital Light

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.

Comfort doors

Another highlight optional feature of the EQE SUV will likely be automatic comfort doors that open and close by themselves. The flush door handles would pop out when the driver approaches the vehicle, and as the driver gets closer, the driver’s door would open automatically. The driver’s door would close automatically on depressing the brake pedal. The EQS gets four automatic comfort doors, and so the EQS SUV should also have four automatic comfort doors. However, that’s unlikely to be the case in the EQE SUV. Expect automatic comfort doors only at the front in the executive model.

Variants

Daimler 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.

Specifications

The Mercedes EQE SUV may get the same battery packs and motors as the EQE sedan. Daimler has announced the first variant of the latter: EQE 350. It has a single motor generating 215 kW of power and 530 Nm of torque for the rear wheels. It uses a 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, which consists of ten cell modules and provides a WLTP range of 660 km. 22 kW (AC)/170 kW (DC) is the maximum charging power the EQE 350 supports. The EQE SUV 350 will have a single (rear) motor generating 215 kW and 530 Nm, too, as per the aforementioned report.

The EQE SUV’s platform can spawn cars with a system voltage of 800 volts, but its system voltage will be under 400 volts. For reference, the EQE 350’s system voltage is 328.5 volts.

Mercedes has confirmed that AWD variants with dual motors will be available in the future on the EQE sedan. Moreover, it is planning performance variants with around 500 kW of system power as well, which naturally would apply to the SUV version, one that carries the AMG branding.

Mercedes e-drive unit to be applied on Mercedes EQE SUV
The Mercedes EQE SUV would have a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) with a two-speed gearbox. Image Source: Daimler

A report from jesmb.de has said that Daimler may offer the Mercedes EQE with a lithium-ion battery with a 72 kWh pack consisting of eight cell modules as a lower option. The smaller battery may deliver a range (WLTP) of around 510 km or 317 miles.

Expect the same pack in the EQE SUV, but the bigger and heavier body could lower the range (WLTP) by around 75 km (47 miles). As a result, the EQE SUV may have a range (WLTP) of approximately 450 km (280 miles) in the standard-range variant and approximately 550 km (342 miles) in the extended-range variant.

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

Bidirectional 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.

Rear-axle steering

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, 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. 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.

Optional MBUX Hyperscreen dashboard

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.

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.

Mercedes EQE interior without Hyperscreen
Like in the EQE (pictured), the standard dashboard in the Mercedes EQE SUV may not include a passenger-side screen. Image Source: jesmb.de

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.

HEPA filter

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, Daimler 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.

Energizing packages

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 4 autonomous driving-ready

The Mercedes EQE SUV should be hardware-ready for SAE Level 4 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 heavy traffic or congested situations on compatible highway sections.

Release Date

The Mercedes EQE SUV will celebrate its world premiere this year, Daimler confirmed in July 2021. Sales in first markets, possibly including the U.S., should begin in the first half of 2023. We assume that the EQE SUV is not in Mercedes’ 2022 U.S. business plan, as the announcement made on January 7, 2021, 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)
SUV top hat on the Mercedes EQS platform teaser
The U.S. could be among the first to receive the EQE SUV as Alabama is the point of manufacturing. Image: Daimler representing a sporty SUV top hat on the EQS platform while demonstrating its technical capabilities.

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 Daimler is already conducting road-testing there, spy shots from autohome.com.cn reveal.

Mercedes EQE SUV FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQE SUV release date?

The Mercedes EQE SUV is expected in the U.S. market in the first half of 2023.

Which electric cars are considered Mercedes EQE SUV rivals?

The EQE will rival the Tesla Model X, Audi Q6 e-tron, BMW iX and the Polestar 3.

What is the estimated Mercedes EQE SUV price?

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

Featured Image Source: Daimler