Mercedes unveiled the EQE alongside the Edition 1 variant, the business-class sedan that, at first glance, is a shorter version of the EQS. According to the press release issued by Mercedes on September 5, 2021, the EQE is just that: a more compact sedan that offers all the essentials that are served up in the Mercedes EQS.
The Mercedes EQE looks more streamlined than the EQS with its ‘Sensual Purity’ design language. It gets a shorter wheelbase, shorter overhangs, and more recessed flanks. The car is 4,946 mm in length, 1,961 mm in width, and 1,512 mm in height, while the wheelbase measures 3,120 mm, which is 90 mm shorter than the EQS. The boot capacity of the EQE sedan is 430 litres, which is significantly less than that of the E-Class sedan (540 litres). The German electric sedan doesn’t have a frunk either.
At the front, the EQE’s face is accentuated by the Black Panel radiator grille on the Edition 1 AMG Line. The panel is littered with the three-pointed star, whereas the standard Electric Art Line’s panel is a plain affair. The headlamps are a little more angular when compared to the EQS but still flow seamlessly into the panel. Optionally, Mercedes offers Digital Light, a light module in each headlamp that adds three super-bright LEDs. This light is refracted and directed using 1.3 million mirrors, allowing for more than 2.6 million pixels resolution.
The Electric Art line’s bumper is slightly different with body-coloured panels and a black splitter and trims for air vents. The bumper again is taken straight off the EQS with large side air vents on Edition 1. The clamshell bonnet again is the same as the EQS, and it’s been sealed shut.
Mercedes also supplies the EQE with its own set of 19- to 21-inch wheels that sit flush with the rest of the body marking one more difference from the EQS. Off to the side, the one-bow roofline is prominent, as are the flowing doors and flush door handles. At the rear, the EQE, again, gets similar-looking tail lamps and a tiny rear spoiler. However, unlike the EQS, the EQE gets a fixed rear windshield and a boot that opens up separately.
On the inside, the EQE has a few differences compared to the EQS. For example, the steering wheel is different, as is the stitching on the seats. Additionally, the EQE’s wheelbase is shorter than the EQS, meaning a more compact cabin. However, Mercedes says the cabin is still 80 mm longer than a standard E-Class saloon which means more legroom. There is also 27 mm more shoulder room with seats that sit 65 mm higher, which significantly enhances the seating position.
The Mercedes EQE can also be optioned with the MBUX Hyperscreen, the full dash-width display that debuted on the EQS. Mercedes offers three displays with its curved glass, including the instrument cluster and two infotainment systems. According to Mercedes, front passengers in Europe can use the passenger side 12.3-inch display even while moving. This is thanks to the camera-based blocking logic that dims the screen for certain content if the camera detects the driver looking into the screen. The adaptive software of the MBUX infotainment system also adapts to its users. For instance, the most important application used by the driver is positioned at the top level within the field of vision.
AC vents have been designed into turbines at either end of the dash to play with the stark contrast between the physical world and the digital dash. Thanks to the missing drive tunnel, the centre console floats freely before merging with the dash. The cool blue ambient lighting beneath the centre console and on the door panels ooze a relaxed feel to the occupants. The standard infotainment system is slightly different, however, again, like the entry-level EQS with a 12.3-inch driver’s display and a 13-inch portrait-style touchscreen.
Being a luxury brand entails the development of modern features to pamper the occupants with unique tech with every new generation. The EQE is not short of such premium equipment. Multiple new vehicle functions could be activated via over-the-air (OTA) updates. This ranges from an additional sound experience with a “Roaring Pulse,” two distinct driving modes for young drivers and service personnel, mini-games, individual customisation for the Digital Light function. Various functions like “Digital Rain” and “Brand World” light animations could be activated by the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant. In essence, one could easily customise EQE’s equipment according to the preference even after driving it home.
Navigation with Electric Intelligence feature will ensure that the vehicle prepares a sound plan for the next journey by taking into account the fastest and the most convenient route, charging stops, reacting dynamically to traffic jams, an indication to the driver if there is sufficient battery to return to the starting point, etc. The charging stations added to the route manually are given preference, and the proposed charging stations are excluded from the plan. The approximate charging costs per charging stop are calculated too.
The ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus on the EQE is responsible for air quality inside the cabin. Using processes and equipment like HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), Activated Charcoal, Sensors, etc., the high filtration technique traps the fine particles, micro-particles, pollen sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and prevents these from entering the cabin. This optional feature of the interior air filter has received “OFI CERT” ZG 250-1 certification in 2021 from the Austrian Research and Testing Institute (OFI) with respect to viruses and bacteria. If the quality of air outside is low, the system recommends closing the windows and sunroof and switches to recirculation mode.
The driver assistance feature ATTENTION ASSIST has also been integrated into the EQE that triggers micro-sleep warnings when it analyses the driver’s eye movement using a camera in the driver display.
For the environment-friendly Mercedes EQE owners, it would bring satisfaction knowing that the energy fed into the grid at the charging stations comes from renewable sources by means of high-quality certificates of origin by Mercedes-Benz. With the Mercedes me Charge Plus & Charge Function, the EQE can be charged conveniently at Plug & Charge-enabled public charging stations by directly inserting the charging cable without the need for customer authentication.
The EQE will be available in two models at launch – the EQE 350 and a second model. The 350 will sport a 215 kW permanently excited synchronous motor capable of 530 Nm of torque. A 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor, giving the car a total range of 545-660 km on a single charge, according to WLTP. While the EQS is compatible with 200 kW fast chargers, the Mercedes EQE can only be charged using 170 kW.
This isn’t all that bad with the EQE’s 10-80 per cent charge time rated at 32 minutes. In 15 minutes, Mercedes also says the EQE can gain up to 250 km of range on a fast charger. Additionally, Mercedes also offers the EQE with rear-axle steering as an option. These are further divided into two versions, one with a steering angle of 4.5 degrees and another 10-degree steering angle.
The Mercedes EQE’s 90 kWh battery pack consists of ten cell modules. These modules contain lithium-ion battery cells, the chemistry of which includes nickel, cobalt, and manganese in a ratio of 8:1:1. The cobalt content in these cells, which Farasis Energy manufactures in China, is less than ten per cent.
Mercedes has also said that performance variants with 500 kW motors are planned, referring to the Mercedes AMG-EQE. While the EQE 350 is a rear-wheel-drive-only sedan, the new variants will have electric motors on both axles for all-wheel-drive. According to a report from jesmb.de, a second variant positioned below the EQE 350 will be available outside Europe, possibly in China. We should get confirmation on the variant walk mid-year. Later this year, look out for the debut of the Mercedes EQE SUV as well.
The Mercedes EQE will be produced at two locations. The global model will be manufactured in Germany at the Bremen Mercedes-Benz plant, while the Chinese market EQE will be manufactured at the German-Chinese joint venture BBAC in Beijing, China.
The Mercedes EQE made its debut at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. The company says that the launch of the Mercedes EQE 350 and the other model will occur in a staggered form in mid-2022, with the performance variants scheduled for later.
Mercedes EQE FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQE release date?
The EQE saloon debuted on September 5, 2021, and the launch follows in mid-2022 in a staggered format.
What is the expected Mercedes EQE price?
We estimate the price to start around the USD 80,000 mark in the USA while above £65,000 in the UK.
Which electric sedans will rival the Mercedes EQE?
The Mercedes EQE will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Nio ET7.
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