Mercedes EQE Electric SUV Is a Classy New Choice for Luxury-EV Buyers—and There’ll Be an AMG Version
The new Mercedes wears several hats: an electric alternative to the GLE, smaller than the EQS SUV, and more spacious than the EQE sedan. The higher-performance AMG version is coming in 2024.
– Mercedes-Benz has revealed its answer to the Audi e-tron and BMW iX.
– The EQE SUV range will initially include three models, and an AMG model will launch in 2024.
– Built in Alabama, the EQE SUV will arrive in showrooms in 2023.
Unveiled ahead of the 2022 Paris auto show, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV expands the German company’s presence in the fast-growing luxury EV segment. It’s characterized by a futuristic-looking exterior design and an interior brimming with tech features, and it will launch with three powertrains. Looking ahead, the EQE SUV will also spawn Mercedes-AMG’s first high-riding electric model.
Much as the EQE is an electric alternative to the E-class, the EQE SUV lands as the GLE’s battery-powered counterpart. It measures 191.5 inches long, 76.4 inches wide, and 66.4 inches tall, slightly shorter and lower than its gasoline-burning sibling. Its weight hasn’t been published yet.
Visually, the EQE SUV shares key styling cues including short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and a fluid overall design with the EQS SUV, from which it borrows its platform. It’s instantly recognizable as one of Mercedes-Benz’s electric cars. Many of the finer design details are EQS-like as well, including a black panel where you’d find a grille on a gasoline-powered SUV and an LED light bar that stretches across the rear end.
While buyers can configure the GLE with seven seats, the EQE SUV is only available as a five-seater. It offers 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space with both rows of seats left up and 59.2 cubic feet with the rear bench folded flat. Mercedes-Benz claims it focused primarily on comfort when designing the seats.
The dashboard mirrors the EQE sedan’s with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen for the familiar MBUX infotainment system, which includes a navigation software that takes charging stops and the driving style into account when calculating the fastest way to a given destination.
Over-the-air technology promises to let owners configure an à la carte EQE SUV while allowing Mercedes-Benz to earn additional revenue. Motorists will have the option of paying to activate various features after taking delivery via the Mercedes Me store. For example, the Individualization Package that Mercedes-Benz can beam to the infotainment system adds a soundscape named Roaring Pulse, a selection of mini-games, additional coming-home and leaving-home animations, and an intriguing Romance Mode. The company will expand its digital aisle of post-delivery options in the coming years.