Mercedes EQE SUV teased by Daimler for the first time [Update]

In the announcement about the production commencement of the EQS’s battery packs at the Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart-Hedelfingen plant, Daimler released a photograph in the deck of its EV line-up that will be ready by the end of next year.

The teaser is deliberately kept in low-resolution, and nothing is given away on the Mercedes EQE SUV, as it’s early days for the car. From left to right are the EQA, EQB, EQS SUV, EQS sedan, Mercedes EQE SUV, EQE sedan, and EQC. While other upcoming Mercedes EQ cars are wrapped in body camouflage, the Mercedes EQE SUV is under full covers to guard every detail. Mercedes would want to retain the suspense as the car is about 1.5 years out, and there would not be much left to talk about if it gives it away now. Also, several EQ models preceding it need the spotlight.

Mercedes EQE SUV – Last of the 6 cars in the Mercedes EV offensive

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 late next year.

Baby EQS SUV

The Mercedes EQE SUV’s design is a big secret, but there’s plenty that we can speculate based on what is available in other Mercedes EQ models. It is expected to feature a character very similar to the EQS SUV and a flowing design for good aerodynamics. Expect the EQE to have a “highly reduced and seamless styling,” but with slightly less-steeply angled A-pillars, the obvious high-riding wagon body, and more pronounced wheel arches.

Digital Light

Like the Mercedes EQE, the Mercedes EQE 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.

72 kWh/90 kWh battery & AWD variant

The Mercedes EQE SUV may get the same battery packs and motors as the Mercedes EQE. 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’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.

The Mercedes EQE will come in one variant in addition to EQE 350 at launch, but Daimler hasn’t disclosed its details yet. The company has confirmed that the later variants will be available in AWD with dual motors. 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, 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.

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. There are trademark applications for EQE 43, EQE 53, EQE 55, and EQE 63 names, which it could use for the AMG offerings.

No fancy digital outside mirrors

The Mercedes EQE SUV would not have digital rearview mirrors. Daimler isn’t sold on the idea of digital outside rearview mirrors in cars yet. So, 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, 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 can 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 latest 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 two Energizing packages: 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

Like the Mercedes EQE, 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 in heavy traffic or congested situations on compatible highway sections.

Release Date

The Mercedes EQE SUV will celebrate its world premiere in 2022, Daimler has confirmed. Sales in first markets, possibly including the U.S., may also begin next 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.

In February 2021, a report from JESMB said that the Mercedes EQE SUV deliveries would commence between September and December 2022. As the Mercedes EQE SUV is to come from the Tuscaloosa plant (Alabama), deliveries in the United States might begin earlier than in other regions. 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.

Daimler unveiled the Mercedes EQE and a Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV concept on the eve of the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) on September 5, 2021. The Mercedes EQS SUV and Mercedes EQE SUV should be the next production model unveilings.

Mercedes EQE SUV FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQE SUV electric release date?

The Mercedes EQE SUV is expected in the U.S. market in late-2022.

Which electric cars are considered Mercedes EQE SUV rivals?

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

What is the estimated Mercedes EQE SUV electric price?

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

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