500 kW performance Mercedes EQE variant confirmed

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, the EQE is just that: a more compact sedan that offers all the essentials that are served up in the Mercedes EQS.

Design

The press release states that the Mercedes EQE is even more streamlined than the EQS with its ‘Sensual Purity’ design language. It gets a shorter wheelbase, shorter overhangs, and more recessed flanks. Dimensions measure at 4,946 mm in length, 1,961 mm in width, and 1,512 mm in height, while the wheelbase measures 3,120 mm. The boot capacity of the EQE sedan is 430 litres, which is significantly lesser than that of the E-Class sedan (540 litres). The German electric sedan doesn’t have a frunk either.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE Edition 1 AMG Line rear side
To the casual eye, the Mercedes EQE is a smaller EQS featuring the one-bow design. Image: Mercedes-Benz

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.

Lower down, the bumper again is taken straight off the EQS with large side air vents on Edition 1. The Electric Art line’s bumper is slightly different with body-coloured panels and a black splitter and trims for air vents. The clamshell bonnet again is the same as the EQS, but it’s been sealed shut, so there’s no frunk.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE Electric Art front
At launch, the Mercedes EQE will be available in two trim lines. Pictured is the Electric Art line. Image: Mercedes-Benz

Off to the side, the one-bow roofline is prominent, as are the flowing doors and flush door handles. Mercedes also supplies the EQE with its own set of 19- to 21-inch that sit flush with the rest of the body marking one more difference from the EQS. 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.

Interior

On the inside as well, the EQE is just the same as the EQS. There are few differences. 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.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE interior hyperscreen
The Mercedes EQS’s Hyperscreen makes it to the EQE as well as an optional extra. Image: Mercedes-Benz

The EQE can also be optioned with the MBUX Hyperscreen, the full dash-width display that debuted on the EQS. This offers three displays with its curved glass, including one instrument cluster and two infotainment systems. According to Mercedes, front passengers in Europe can use the passenger side 12.3-inch display even while on the move. 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.

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. The centre console, thanks to the missing drive tunnel, floats freely before merging with the dash. 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.

Powertrain

The EQE will be available in two models at launch, an EQE 350 and a second model. The 350 will sport a 215 kW permanently excited synchronous motor capable of 530Nm 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. Charging the EQE isn’t as good as the EQS either. While the EQS is compatible with 200 kW fast chargers, the 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.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE Electric Art rear
The EQE features a fixed rear window which means the boot lid opens up separately, unlike the EQS’s hatch. Image Mercedes-Benz

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 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 percent.

Upcoming Variants

Mercedes has also said that performance variants with 500 kW motors are being planned. 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, the EQE sedan will be available in one more basic variant in addition to the EQE 350. Positioned below the EQE 350, this variant will be available outside Europe, possibly in China.

Production

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.

Release Date

The Mercedes EQE made its debut at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. The company says that the launch of the EQE 350 along with the other model will take place in a staggered form in mid-2022, with the performance variants scheduled for later.

Mercedes EQE FAQs

When is the release of the Mercedes EQE?

The EQE saloon debuted on 5 September 2021, and the launch follows in mid-2022 in a staggered format.

What is the expected price of the Mercedes EQE?

We estimate the price to start around the USD 80,000 mark in the USA while above the GLC’s £66,000 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.

Featured image: Mercedes-Benz