Mercedes-AMG EQE seeks to rival the Tesla Model S Long Range

The Mercedes-AMG EQS broke cover as the brand’s first battery-electric model on the eve of the Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021). Next year, Daimler’s performance experts in Affalterbach should have developed a Mercedes-AMG EQE that goes head-to-head with the high-spec Tesla Model S.

Performance

In the announcement that came during the Mercedes EQS unveil in April 2021, a future performance version with up to 560 kW (751 bhp) was confirmed. Less than five months later, Mercedes unveiled the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+. The company has similarly confirmed a performance version with around 500 kW (670 bhp) in the Mercedes EQE announcement dated September 5. Yet again, it would be an AMG variant (Mercedes-AMG EQE). Interestingly, the company targets the same output as the 670 bhp Tesla Model S Long Range, and if you ask us, this is no coincidence.

Like the Model S Long Range, the Mercedes EQE AMG model would have a motor at the front and rear axle. The AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable electro-specific AWD system would bring power to the road. Expect one or two exclusive driving modes, including a Sport+. The suspension will likely have some AMG-specific goodness, possibly including redeveloped or newly developed components. Expect a rear-axle steering system to be standard in the EQE’s AMG variant. Stopping power would come from an AMG brake system or an optional AMG brake system with larger ceramic discs.

Range

The EQE’s 90 kWh battery pack should be standard in the EQE AMG, and one can expect the same 170 kW fast-charging support. The WLTP range of the EQE AMG could be around 500 km or 311 miles. Tesla’s Model S Long Range would run rings around the EQE. Official EPA and WLTP range figures are awaited, but Tesla expects an EPA-estimated rating of 405 miles or 652 km. The charging power is also much higher – 250 kW.

Design

The Mercedes-AMG EQE would have subtle variant-specific design changes. Expect an AMG-specific black panel grille with hot-stamped chrome vertical struts and “AMG” lettering and exclusive 21- or 22-inch AMG alloy wheels to be among the main visual differences from the regular EQE, as represented by ElectricVehicleWeb in the render (display image).

The front apron in the hallmark AMG A-wing design and the rear apron a diffuser featuring six longitudinal fins could be identical to Mercedes EQE’s AMG Line equipment line. The rear spoiler should be larger, providing better aerodynamics with a reduction in the rear lift. Our rendering shows coloured (bronze) brake callipers as another interesting modification to communicate the EV’s performance genes.

Spy shots of the EQE-AMG Motor1 published recently showed a test prototype with minimal camouflage. These images indicate that just as expected (and portrayed in our rendering), the EQE-AMG looks pretty similar to the EQE AMG Line. Unlike in the case of ICE models, the AMG division doesn’t get to pitch the EQ models with sporty tailpipes and a loud exhaust note. Inside, expect changes like unique seat covers and graphics, AMG performance steering wheel with a flattened lower section, AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats, AMG-branded door sill trims, and AMG visuals in the displays.

Release Date

The Mercedes-AMG EQE should premiere in the first half of 2022. The regular Mercedes EQE will go on sale in Europe in mid-2022, and the AMG model could arrive in showrooms towards the end of 2022 or early 2023, depending on how quickly the supply chain is restored.

Mercedes-AMG EQE FAQs

What is the Mercedes-AMG EQE release date?

The Mercedes-AMG EQE should debut in the first half of 2022 and go on sale by early 2023.

Which cars will be the Mercedes-AMG EQE rivals?

The Tesla Model S Long Range and the Nio ET7 (100 kWh) will be the Mercedes-AMG EQE rivals.